EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing

September 2022 Entry

General admission to our programme for September 2022 entry opens on 4 October 2021. The deadline for applications is 1st April 2022. 

Collaborative projects with our industry partners are available for Sept 2022 entry with an application deadline of 1 April 2022. 

Watch our webinar from the Engineering Postgraduate Virtual Open Day on 26 November 2020.

We have a number of funded places on the CDT each year, both for UK and international (which includes EU, EEU) applicants. Please apply to the CDT and we will assess your academic application first, and then make a decision about how to best find funding if you are successful. 

*Please note that during your application, you will be asked to provide a research statement. You do not have to write your own statement. Instead, use the text provided below:

‘The research that will be undertaken in the CDT will broadly fit within the themes that we have within the Bristol Composites Institute: Materials, Manufacturing and Structures. We have around 30 academic staff with a variety of interests, but focussed on composite materials covering different sectors such as aircraft and transport, wind energy, construction and the built environment, health, and cross-cutting themes such as sustainability. Research can take place across different themes, and we offer supervision from different academic staff to suit the projects’ needs.’

When asked to name your supervisors, you should list any of the three CDT Directors. As a temporary measure, this does not mean that you will be supervised by this individual, as permanent supervisors are decided upon at a later stage.

‌I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to collaborate and work with so many different researchers and people.

Helene Jones,

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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 CDT brings together scientists and engineers and benefits from strong industrial links. Our innovative programme includes an integrated taught component during the first year.

Professor Steve Eichhorn, CDT Director

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*previously called the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT). See Vision for more details. 

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