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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering

4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering

4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering is currently recruiting postgraduate students interested in developing the next generation of ultra precision devices, advanced manufacturing technologies, and ultra high precision manufacturing systems.

The aim of the programme is to train students in advanced ultra high precision techniques and processes, including: high energy laser micro/nano processing; focused ion beam machining; reactive atom plasma processing; nanofabrication; graphene engineering; printed electronics machine design; and advanced metrology systems.

Course overview

The programme is structured in two phases: a one-year taught MRes course in Cambridge and Cranfield University; followed by a three-year PhD research programme at Cranfield, Cambridge or another UK university through the National Centre Programme in Ultra Precision.

The first-year MRes course consists of an intense 11-month timetable comprising of a number of taught modules, labs and projects, as well as transferable skills events such as presentation skills, writing skills, entrepreneurial talks and conference organising.

Upon successful completion of the MRes, the students progress to their PhD from a vast range of topics including: manufacturing engineering; laser processes; photonics; materials science; control systems; and machine design. During their PhD many students will be offered the opportunity to work alongside industrial partners allowing them to gain valuable business experience whilst receiving an additional maintenance top-up, bringing their stipend up to a possible £20,000pa tax free.

Many industrial sectors require a high level of precision, such as aerospace, medical devices, automotive, energy, security and defence. Students completing the MRes and PhD will be central players in the ultra high precision wealth creation economy.

4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering


We welcome applicants from any field of science or engineering who have obtained a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). They should possess an innovative approach to problem solving, well-developed technical skills and the potential to become world leaders in the field of ultra precision.


Full EPSRC funding (currently £14,553 student maintenance per year + fees), with additional payments from industrial sponsors taking the tax free stipend up to £20,000pa during the PhD phase is available for UK students and EU students who have settled status in the UK and been resident in the UK full-time for 3 years prior to October 2018. General student eligibility information is available from the EPSRC.

We are unable to offer funded placements to overseas students, but welcome them to apply if they are self-funded or applying for scholarships.

4 Year PhD in Ultra Precision Engineering


We recommend applicants email their CV for consideration before applying. Once this has been viewed they must formally apply via our Graduate Studies office.

Full applications will not be considered until transcripts and both academic references are received.

For more information please contact the course office:
[email protected]

or access the centre website at:

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