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CDT in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

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The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) was established in 2009 following a £7.1 million award from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Centre is embedded within Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), a leading research institute for composites research and education with a global reputation for excellence. 

The vision of the ACCIS CDT is to develop the next generation of technical leaders in advanced composites by stimulating adventurous interdisciplinary research, which bridges the length scales, connects to and interfaces between the disciplines of engineering, chemistry, physics and life sciences, and bestows enhanced and added functionality to composite materials.

Our innovative four-year PhD programme comprises a one-year innovative taught component and a three-year research project, and is underpinned by a programme of skills training and professional development. The taught component fast-tracks graduates with science and mathematics backgrounds to acquire core engineering skills, while engineering graduates broaden their scientific knowledge before specialising in industrial application. PhD projects span both blue-sky future concepts and applied research.

The CDT benefits from strong industrial partnerships with companies across a range of UK industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive, marine, energy generation, civil infrastructure and biomedicine. The CDT also collaborates with other academic institutions and research centres
locally, nationally and internationally.

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