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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

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Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

About us

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing is a unique partnership between the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and partner companies working to address industry-driven research challenges around sustainability.

The Centre offers a challenging 4-year International Engineering Doctorate (EngD Int) programme in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing with diverse research projects.

Projects have included:

  • The development of sustainable manufacturing materials from cellulose based by-products
  • Sustainable materials for concentrating solar power
  • Optimal incorporation of thermally conductive 2D nanomaterials into thermoplastics
  • Supercapacitor manufacturing
  • Scrap reduction during the casting of plain bearings.

The Programme

The EngD International programme combines both academic and industrial expertise; offering industry relevant research projects supported by partner companies, taught modules resulting in an embedded MSc in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, and an international placement with our academic and industrial partners overseas.

Doctoral students will be based at either Warwick, Cranfield, or Exeter (depending on the research project they undertake), where they will be part of a leading research group and will be supervised by an academic in that institution and a mentor in their sponsor company. The research focus will be on the real commercial challenges faced by their sponsor company and students will split their time between their home university and the company. Students will also study taught modules at all three institutions.

Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing


The studentships on offer will comprise of a tax-free stipend of circa £20,000 a year, tuition fees paid and a generous study package (research consumables and travel budget).


Applications are open for talented researchers to further develop their technical and transferable skills within a research and training environment shaped by the needs of the manufacturing industry.

See our website or follow us on Twitter @smmcdt for the latest information on potential research projects.

For further information please contact:
Email: [email protected] Tel: 024 765 74142

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