Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation

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New programme for 2019

Run by Faculty of Engineering
Awards available EngD, PhD
Programme length Four years full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2019

Programme overview

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovations in Non Destructive Evaluation (FIND-CDT) is a select consortium of six universities integrating research with industries:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Manchester
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Strathclyde

The Centre provides exciting opportunities for collaborative industry-university research in advanced sensor and imaging technology, and is designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career.

Both PhD and EngD studies are offered, and the courses combine advanced knowledge and professional development training modules with industrially relevant research. PhD projects tend to be more fundamental research while EngD projects tend to be more applied. Applications are now open for a range of 4-year Engineering Doctorates, of equivalent academic standing to a PhD. During the 4 years of either a PhD or EngD, each student completes a range of cohort-based advanced technical courses and courses on innovation and entrepreneurship, all delivered by world leading experts. Students present their research at national and international conferences and at regular events to audiences from across industry. Networking workshops provide opportunities for collaboration across disciplines, reflecting the wide range of scientific skills needed within this area.

Projects are available in:

Energy – with industry links to E.ON, EDF, Wood, Rolls-Royce, Shell, BP and Petrobras.

Aerospace – A large field of interest to the aerospace industry in the inspection of engine components with a variety of projects with Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

Infrastructure – Emerging extensive interests in the inspection and health monitoring of infrastructure. Many industrial members of RCNDE, particularly in the oil and gas, power and nuclear sectors are increasingly interested in this field.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

We have fully-funded studentships available for UK and EU applicants to start in September 2019. Studentships include a tax-free stipend of approximately £17,000, fees and an allowance to support research related activities.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Most PhD/EngD programmes will start with a completely taught first year. With FIND-CDT, you will be immersed in industry from day one, making it unique in its approach and preparing you for your career immediately. Please see the programme structure for details of how each year is spent

With close links to the related UK Research Centre in NDE (RCNDE), students are part of a vibrant community of more than 200 researchers and have access to a range of technical training courses delivered by world leading experts.

The new Centre builds on the previous CDT in Quantitative NDE, whose cutting edge research has resulted in the successful creation of new companies, including Inductosense and Guided Ultrasonics. FIND-CDT has been actively co-created by a consortium of 49 companies including SMEs and industry sector leaders such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, EDF, BAE Systems and Shell. 38 out of 40 of the previous cohort of doctoral graduates now work in industry, nearly all NDE related, and several in already in senior roles.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for the first year of the Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation CDT programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first-class or good upper second-class degree or master's in engineering or physical science.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing

The Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing group undertakes research into the fundamentals and applications of ultrasonics. We are particularly active in the following areas: array imaging; materials characterisation (eg nonlinear ultrasonics); NDT of composites; structural health monitoring; ultrasonic particle manipulation (ie acoustic radiation force devices). Our philosophy is to undertake a balance of fundamental engineering science ultrasonics research alongside more applied research. We see this mix of fundamental and applied as incredibly valuable and our aim is to see selected topics through from conception to industrial uptake. This means that most of our projects are collaborative, sometimes with industry and sometimes with other university groups.


Graduates are found in a variety of careers all over the globe, including world-leading research. Many work as consultants or as part of large-scale engineering industries with excellent employability as a result of studying in the centre.

Staff profiles

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year. Please contact the FIND Centre for Doctoral Training directly before making an application online.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • General Engineering:
  • 38% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 6% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

FIND-CDT Manager Phone: +44 (0) +44 (0) 117 394 0582 Email: find-cdt@bristol.ac.uk

School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Bristol
Queen's Building
University Walk
Bristol BS8 1TR http://www.find-cdt.ac.uk/


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