Students begin their PhD project after the successful completion of their taught component. Students can choose whether to continue their extended project as a PhD, or whether to select a new research theme from a portfolio of PhD project proposals. In consultation with our academic and industrial partners students are offered PhD project proposals spanning both blue-sky future concepts and applied research. The applied industrially focused projects meet immediate research needs in industry, with a shorter route to industrial exploitation. The blue-sky projects are transformative in nature and seek to develop fundamental solutions in composites technologies at the boundaries between science and engineering.