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Enhancing the fit, comfort, and safety of generation-after-next body armour

   Loughborough Design School

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  Dr A Johnson, Dr Christopher Parker, Dr C R Plateau  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This 3.5-year doctoral programme is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) - an executive agency of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Military and security personnel encounter an array of potentially life-threatening dangers, with body armour pivotal in protecting these individuals by reducing the possibility of sustaining life-threatening injuries.

This research seeks to utilise prominent digital design and manufacturing technologies (such as 3D scanning, 3D printing, additive manufacture, etc.) to enhance the user-centred design practices of body armour and equipment manufacturers, with a view to maximise the physical performance of the future defence and security workforce.

Given the nature of the funder, specifics relating to the anticipated research activities cannot be disclosed at present.


Primary Supervisor: Dr Andrew Johnson

Secondary Supervisors: Dr Christopher Parker (SDCA) and Dr Carolyn Plateau (SSEHS)

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have or expect to achieve least a high 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. A Master’s degree and/or relevant research experience will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Design’ and quote the advert reference number: SDCA-AJ-2023.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents and a CV.

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Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum (2022-23 rate) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. Please see Studentship assessment criteria | Postgraduate study | Loughborough University ( - Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is only open to UK applicants. All candidates will be expected to register on 1st October 2023.
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