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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing (CoSEM CDT)

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Queen's Building, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR, United Kingdom

Our vision 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 CDT develops highly talented science and engineering graduates by giving them the technical toolsets and the multidisciplinary research and professional skills required to become the next generation of technology leaders in the science, engineering and manufacture of advanced composite materials. 

Why study with us
Imagine shape-changing aircraft, cars or wind turbines that have thermal management, sensing, actuating and self-repair functionality embedded within their materials and structures. By joining the CoSEM CDT you will undertake cohort-driven training and cutting-edge research, which could make these technological visions a reality.

On completion of the programme you will leave with far more than just a PhD; you will have the skills, knowledge and acumen to become a future technical leader in advanced composites, be it in academia or industry.

Training and development
Our four-year PhD comprises a one-year innovative taught component and three-year research project. The taught component fast-tracks graduates with science backgrounds to acquire core engineering skills, while engineering graduates broaden their scientific knowledge before specializing in their chosen subject.

You will be working in a collaborative and stimulating environment where knowledge-sharing and joint problem solving is the norm. The interdisciplinary nature of the CDT will make you think about problems from a whole new perspective and explore really innovative ideas.

What we are looking for
We’re looking for exceptional students, with at least a high 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), from across all engineering and science subjects.


Number of researchers
c.12 per cohort

Positions recently recruited for
We have recruited our first two cohorts of students who started the programme in September 2019 and September 2020 respectively

Desired degree disciplines/class
All engineering and science subjects: 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent)

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
For information on how to apply please visit our website

Closing date
All year round


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