Composites ManufactureFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Engineering|
|Programme length||Four years full-time (75% in industry)|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||Not fixed|
The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Composites Manufacture is a four-year postgraduate research programme, which integrates an industry-based research project with research training in technical subjects, as well as business skills and transferable skills training. Each EngD research project is designed around the sponsor company's research priorities. Due to the nature of the funding, this programme is open to home/EU students only.
The EngD programme is run by the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture, which is firmly embedded within the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub. The IDC is a collaboration between the University of Bristol (the lead university), Cranfield University, the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham. EngD students benefit from the use of cutting-edge equipment and expertise at the universities and at the National Composites Centre, which provides a world-class facility to bridge the gap between research and industrial application.
The IDC aims to provide the UK composites manufacturing industry with EngD graduates who are equipped with the 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.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
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.
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 2022/23
Students are supported financially by a stipend including a company top-up (£21,500 per annum for four years). Due to the nature of the funding, this programme is open to home students only.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
EngD students spend 75% of their time at their sponsoring company, carrying out an industrially-focused research project. Your location is therefore dependent on the sponsor company's location and could be anywhere within the UK. Your remaining time is dedicated to the taught component of the EngD programme. This technical training, which is delivered by the University of Bristol, requires attendance at a number of one-week, master's-level units during the first two years of the programme.
EngD students are supervised by an academic and an industrial supervisor, and are registered at the university of the academic supervisor.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our EngD in Composites Manufacture.
A first-class honours degree or upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in engineering, physical science or applied mathematics.
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:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
See the faculty website for more information about faculty research groups.
EngD graduates will be ready to apply for chartered status with an appropriate learned institution and are expected to take up leadership positions within the composites manufacturing industry.
Dr Giuliano Allegri, (Reader in Composite Structures), aeroelastic design; composite materials/structures; probabilistic aspects of material fatigue
Professor Janice Barton, (Professor of Experimental Mechanics), Full-field imaging techniques for strain measurement, assessment and performance of lightweight and composite structures, assessment of joints, development of imaging approaches for structural integrity assessment, large composite structures, defect identification, classification and analysis
Dr Byung Chul Kim, (Lecturer in Composites Design, Processing and Manufacture), adhesion science; automated manufacturing; axiomatic design; composite product and manufacturing process design.
Dr Giuseppe Dell'Anno, (Chief Engineer, National Composites Centre)
Dr Andreas Endruweit, (Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering (Nottingham)), experimental characterisation and modelling of processing characteristics of textile reinforcements and simulation of manufacturing processes for polymer composites
Dr Ian Farrow, (Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Structural Design), aerospace ; design ; structures
Professor Stephen Hallett, (Professor in Composite Structures), 3D woven and textile composites; manufacturing processes to capture deformations and defects; numerical modelling of composites; prediction of mechanical properties.
Professor Ian Hamerton, (Professor of Polymers and Composites), developing polymeric materials with improved performance suitable for use in demanding environments and technologically relevant applications
Dr Dmitry Ivanov, (Lecturer in Composites Manufacturing), Innovative approaches to composites manufacture and modelling.
Dr James Kratz, (Lecturer in Materials Engineering), air entrapment and voids in prepreg processes; honeycomb fabrication; local through-thickness reinforcement by tufting; out-of-autoclave manufacturing; resin flow and cure
Dr Antonio Melro, (Senior Research Associate in Analysis of Reinforced Composites), design Tools; numerical modelling; through-thickness reinforcement of composite structures
Professor Ivana Partridge, (Professor of Composites Processing), Composite process control; polymer-metal-fibre hybridisation; thermoset resin and composite toughening; through thickness reinforcement of composites.
Professor Prasad Potluri, (Professor of Robotics and Textile Composites (Manchester)), 3D textile preforming; developing novel and bespoke preforming machines; modelling textile structures; technical textiles.
Dr Alex Skordos, (Senior Lecturer in Composites Modelling (Cranfield)), Cure kinetics of thermosets; processing of polymer nanocomposites; real-time cure monitoring; simulation and optimisation of composites processing.
Professor Ole Thomsen, (NCC Chair in Composites Design and Manufacture), Analysis/modelling, design, experimental characterisation and validation, and manufacturing of lightweight composite materials and structures.
Dr Carwyn Ward, (Lecturer in Composites Design, Processing and Manufacture), Assembly and repair; automation for composites; composites manufacturing; costs; factory processes/operations; process optimisation; recycling
Professor Nick Warrior, (Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Nottingham)), Design and manufacturing of directed fibre and high-performance polymer composites for automotive applications.
Professor Michael Wisnom, (Professor of Aerospace Structures), Mechanics and failure of fibre-reinforced composites; residual stresses and distortion during manufacturing; understanding of controlling factors and models to predict response
Please contact the Industrial Doctorate Centre directly before making an application online.
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Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture
University of Bristol
Faculty of Engineering
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- 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*)
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