The Advanced Metallic Systems CDT was established in 2009 with a £6.3M investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with a further £3.2M awarded in 2014. The Centre is hosted jointly by the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester and builds on their international reputation in metallic materials science and engineering research.
- To provide a stimulating multidisciplinary training experience
- To teach topical courses that balance cutting edge technologies with fundamental principles and core concepts
- To develop professional transferable skills in leadership, business and research management
- To foster innovative, internationally leading research
- To work in partnership with industry to provide industrial experience and maintain relevance
Advanced Metallic Systems CDT Approach
The Advanced Metallics CDT aims to address this shortfall by providing an exciting new approach to postgraduate research and training in this area. High-calibre students from a range of physical science and engineering backgrounds undertake a four year course comprising a first year of taught courses in core materials topics leading into a full PhD or EngD research project. All doctoral projects will be supported by industrial sponsorship and supervision. The technical programme is supplemented by a transferable skills training programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Skills.
Up to 14 fully funded studentships covering fees and a stipend of at least £16,000 per year for 4 years are available annually for eligible students.
About the Course
Our course is different to a standard doctoral programme, combining a taught technical programme with an industrially-led doctoral project and professional skills training.
Students come from a range of backgrounds in engineering and physical sciences and spend the first year studying core materials topics through taught courses and case studies before embarking on their PhD or EngD projects.
Research starts with a mini project and initial training in experimental skills leading into the doctoral research carried out in years two to four.
All PhD projects are undertaken in collaboration with an industrial sponsor but the student will spend most of their time in their host institution. There is the opportunity to undertake a 2-3 month placement in the company or an overseas research institution. Some students will be recruited to specific projects prior to the start of the course. Other students will choose a project from a selection put forward by CDT staff around half way through the first year.
EngD students or research engineers are recruited to specific projects prior to the start of the course and will spend up to 75% of their time working at their industrial sponsors. EngD projects are typically at a higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL) than PhD projects and are related to the business activities of the sponsor. More information about the EngD can be found at www.aengd.org.uk.
All students undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Personal and Professional Skills part time over the four-year course. The Diploma includes courses in research-related skills such as scientific writing and presentation, project management and creativity. Public engagement and SME consultancy projects provide opportunities to put a range of technical and professional skills into practice. PhD students run their own journal club and seminar series whilst EngD research engineers will take additional business-focused courses.
The CDT runs the annual National Student Conference in Metallic Materials giving students the opportunity to showcase their work. All students will be expected to present their research at at least one international conference.
Applicants should have or be about to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or a masters level degree with a merit or above in a relevant engineering discipline or in a subject such as physics or chemistry.
Home students are eligible for full studentships covering tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for 4 years. EU nationals are also eligible for full studentships for the majority of our projects.
Applications from international students are welcome but students should arrange their own funding to cover tuition fees and living costs for 4 years. In exceptional cases, the CDT may be able to support living costs for international students who already have a fees only scholarship.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted through either the University of Sheffield or the University of Manchester online application systems.
Guidance to help you complete the forms is available below for Sheffield and Manchester.
Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview with the CDT management team and the academic and industrial supervisors where appropriate.
You can apply for a specific project or submit a general application where we will then notify applicants as projects become available. Offers are made on a rolling basis so we recommend submitting an application to make sure you don't miss out.