PhD studentships in Advanced Composites - CDT in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) provides innovative postgraduate training for students wishing to pursue a PhD in the field of advanced composites. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the CDT brings together scientists and engineers and benefits from strong industrial links. The programme offered by the CDT spans four years, including an integrated taught component during the first year.
See our dedicated ACCIS CDT webpages for programme details and information on how to apply.
EngD studentships in Composites Manufacture
The Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture aims to provide the UK composites manufacturing industry with Research Engineers equipped with the necessary advanced technical and leadership skills required for effective adoption of new knowledge and technologies in composites manufacture. The relevant industry areas include aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy and construction.
Students registered to the four-year postgraduate research programme spend 75% of their time at their company carrying out an industrially focused research project. The remaining 25% of their time is allocated to completing a taught component, which aims to provide EngD students (Research Engineers) with the necessary specialist knowledge and skills. The taught component is made up of the following units which are taken during the first two to three years of the programme and which are delivered at the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol:
- Constituents of composites
- Manufacturing of composite structures
- Laminate analysis and modelling
- CAD for composites design and manufacture
- Mechanical performance of composites
- Process modelling and control in composites manufacture
- Design for manufacture of composites
- Business skills 1
- Business skills 2
- Composites Manufacturing Study Tour
The IDC is firmly embedded within the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, and is a collaborative programme run by the University of Bristol, Cranfield University, the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham.
The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites (CIMComp) aims to underpin the development of next-generation composites manufacturing processes based on low cost, short cycle times, efficiency and sustainability. Composites have been identified internationally as a critical enabling technology in developing a low energy economy, directly through light weighting in transport applications and indirectly through their use in renewable energy machinery for wind and tidal power. The 'UK Composites Strategy' produced by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (Nov 2009), recognises the importance of "shaping the technical and economic conditions necessary to develop rapid manufacturing of composites" and hence "increase and develop the use of advanced composites across other sectors".
PhD studentships in Aerospace Engineering - EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites
Projects within the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites will aim to underpin the development of next-generation composites manufacturing processes based on low cost, short cycle times, efficiency and sustainability. Research topics include novel approaches to manufacture of complex geometries; structural joints using embedded inserts and bonded fittings and multi-scale modelling to predict defect formation during infusion.
PhD studentships are available within the EPSRC Centre to applicants holding or expecting to obtain a 1st class or upper 2nd class honours degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Materials, with evidence of a strong interest in composites.
The studentships are offered with funding covering living expenses and tuition fees at the EU rate for 3 years.
Applicants should follow the application process for postgraduate study detailed at the postgraduate programme finder.
Contact: Email Prof. Kevin Potter
MSc in Advanced Composites
The MSc in Advanced Composites programmeoffers a world class education in which you will acquire an in-depth theoretical understanding and practical/industrial knowledge of advanced composite materials. Students will be based in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) in our new £5.8M world class laboratory for composite materials manufacture and testing.
- Smart Materials
- Nano Engineering
- Nature’s Materials
- Composite Design and Manufacture
- Numerical Modelling of Composites
- Elements of Polymer Composites
- Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
- Advanced Composites Analysis
- Smart Structures
- Ultrasonics and Acoustics
- Structural Engineering
- Advanced Techniques in Multi-Disciplinary Design
- Nonlinear Behaviour of Materials
- Structures and Materials
After completion of the taught courses, students will be required to undertake a research project work which can have an industrial or ‘blue sky’ focus.
The MSc program is aimed at attracting top students and professionals with undergraduate degrees in engineering or closely related fields. International applicants will need to achieve IELTS overall score 6.5 or higher to prove their English language proficiency.
How to apply
You can apply online via the postgraduate programme finder.
Fees and Funding information
The University offers advice and information on fees and funding via their postgraduate study webpages.
For further information please contact
Next Intake: September 2017.
National Composites Centre
The National Composites Centre (NCC), is an organisation owned by the University of Bristol and based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. The NCC brings together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of world class high-quality composite products using cutting-edge machinery. NCC job opportunities are advertised throughout the year on their website. The NCC have also launched a Graduate Scheme offering graduates a unique opportunity to work on projects supported by world leading organisations at the cutting edge of composites development. Find out more >>
We are happy to receive requests for short term internships from both University of Bristol students and those from other institutions. Selection is highly competitive, so please only apply if you have a genuine interest in a specific area of ACCIS research and can demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve valuable research outcomes during the course of your internship. Funding for internships is limited so we regret that we can only offer a small number of such placements each year. Applicants with access to full or partial funding from alternative sources are encouraged.
Applicants should submit the following documentation by email for consideration by our academic team:
- A Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum)
- A letter of support from an academic supervisor/tutor within your current institute.
- An application statement (1 page maximum) describing:
- Why you wish to perform an internship within ACCIS, clearly describing your specific areas of interest and how they align with our own current research activities.
- How long you wish the internship to be (this must be a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 1 year).
- How the internship will benefit your own personal development and career aspirations (e.g. it will add value to a current MSc project and/or it will enable an insight to potential PhD research opportunities).
Other research opportunities
Ad hoc positions are often available for experimental and modelling research on aerospace composites in collaboration with companies including Airbus, Westland, GE Aviation, Vestas and Rolls-Royce. We are keen to hear from exceptional candidates with proposed research topics when specific projects are not listed on this webpage. All proposed projects should be sent to us by email with an accompanying CV.
Studentships may be available to suitably qualified UK and in some cases EU citizens. Bursaries may be considerably enhanced by industrial topups depending on the project, and candidates qualifications and experience. In all cases a good honours degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials, Mathematics or a related discipline is required. Visit the University of Bristol's postgraduate section for information on postgraduate fees and funding.