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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Materials for Demanding Environments

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Materials for Demanding Environments

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Materials for Demanding Environments

Our Centre seeks to recruit motivated science & engineering graduates into an exciting, world-class research & training environment that will address complex industrial challenges. The envelope of materials performance is being pushed to ever more demanding environments – the challenges are complex & require an interdisciplinary approach.

What is the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

We offer a comprehensive training programme that focusses on developing interdisciplinary skills & expertise. The 4 year course includes taught technical components & professional skills training, as well as a PhD level research project. Industrial partners will play an active role in shaping & delivering the training.

The CDT will initially focus on the oil & gas, aerospace and nuclear power sectors, and industrial sponsors include: BP plc, Airbus Group, BAE Systems plc, Rolls-Royce plc, AMEC, Areva, EDF Energy, AkzoNobel.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Materials for Demanding Environments

Why The University of Manchester?

The Centre will draw on expertise in the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM), the Aerospace Research Institute and the Dalton Nuclear Institute.

Strategic investment by the University and its partners has resulted in world-class advanced testing & characterisation facilities, including the National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility, National Structural Integrity Research Centre at TWI, and a new £22M Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility.

Training will follow 5 broad themes:

  • Materials Fundamentals
  • Materials Performance
  • Reliable Design & Structural Integrity
  • Degradation Mechanisms & their Control
  • Imaging and Characterisation

Who should apply?

Candidates should possess, or be predicted to obtain, a 1st or 2:1 degree in one of the following:

  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Other related science & engineering disciplines

Note: CDT funding criteria states applicants must be UK nationals or EU students who have lived in the UK for 3+ years.

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