EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

Introducing our new CDT cohort

Twelve academically gifted students with a range of academic backgrounds, spanning engineering (aerospace, civil, design, materials, mechanical) and science (chemistry).

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Group design, build and test

Students work in groups to design, build and test a carbon fibre composite structure. Our first cohort designed, built and tested a small scale prototype carbon fibre composite wing box structure.

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Six-month extended research projects

The CDT extended research projects provide an ideal opportunity for collaboration between ACCIS, industry and other UK Universities. There is the potential for extended research projects to roll forward to a PhD.

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We are open to applications from UK engineering students for one final position in our 2016 cohort.
Applications for September 2017 entry will open on 1 October 2016.


There has never been such a demand for composite specialists, and with advanced composites now a national strategic priority area for research, this is a truly exciting area to be working in. Our four year interdisciplinary PhD training aims to address the need for future leaders in this field. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and brings together scientists and engineers and benefits from strong industrial links. Our innovative programme includes an integrated taught component during the first year.

Professor Paul Weaver, ACCIS CDT Director

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