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

Apply for our PhD in Advanced Composites

We are currently accepting applications for our September 2017 intake.

Deadline for applications: 14 July 2017.

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ACCIS CDT students 2016

Introducing our new CDT cohort

Sixteen academically gifted students with a range of academic backgrounds, spanning engineering (aerospace, electrical, materials, mechanical) and science (chemical physics, chemistry).

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Group design, build and test

Students work in groups to design, build and test a carbon fibre composite structure. This year's cohort designed, built and tested lightweight composite undercarriage stay beams subjected to both axial and offset-transverse loads.

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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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‌I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to collaborate and work with so many different researchers and people. I am excited to apply the skills that I have developed in another context.

Helene Jones, 2012 cohort

Alumni interviews
Graduate destinations


What are composites? Why study at the ACCIS CDT? Find out in this short film.

Public engagement

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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 Paul Weaver,
ACCIS CDT Director

CDT conference