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Four-Year PhD Advanced Composites Programme

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing is inviting applicants to participate in a four-year fully-funded programme

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 31 Jan 2021
  • United Kingdom | EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing (CoSEM CDT)
  • Date posted: 09 Oct 2020
  • Job type: Academic: PhD/MSc
  • Disciplines: Materials science  | Energy & renewables

Imagine shape-changing aircraft, cars or wind-turbines that have thermal management, sensing, actuating and self-repair functionality embedded within their materials and structures. In 10 years’ time, this could be possible through the application of high-performance advanced composites. This is the future, do you want to be part of it?

By joining the Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing (CoSEM CDT) you will undertake cohort-driven training and cutting-edge research making these technological visions a reality.

What you’ll be doing

You will participate in a four-year, fully-funded programme. The rewarding first year includes a stimulating series of seminars and lectures, a unique hands-on Group Project to design, build and test a composite structure and an individual three-month research project. This experience will enable you to broaden and deepen your core engineering skills and explore those research areas that interest you most. Towards the end of your first year you will choose your PhD project.

The Centre covers a wide range of composites research and technical challenges you might explore include:

  • Developing novel solutions to enhance composite performance.
  • Increasing composite functionality.
  • Developing the design methodology and innovative application of “next generation composite materials”.

What you’ll get out of it

The CoSEM CDT has exceptional industrial links, with many of the three-month and PhD projects offered by industrial partners, providing opportunities to gain valuable experience by working with technical industry experts and through international placements. You will be working in a collaborative and stimulating environment, strengthened by the cohort-driven activities in the first year, where knowledge-sharing and joint problem solving is the norm. The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre will make you think about problems from a whole new perspective and explore really innovative ideas.

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 the future technical leaders in advanced composites, be it in academia or industry.

More about the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS)

The first ACCIS CDT was established in 2009 and is based in the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), a world-leading research centre at the heart of the UK Government Composites Strategy. Since then EPSRC has funded two further CDTs within the BCI – the CoSEM CDT being the most recent, with the first intake arriving in September 2019. BCI has more than 150 researchers, many working on industrially relevant projects within the aerospace, wind, marine, and automotive industries. BCI also works closely with the National Composites Centre, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University working closely with industry to power the full exploitation of composites opportunities for the UK. BCI and the NCC work together to engage students, researchers, industry and funders to provide a seamless route for the exploitation of our research, and to enhance opportunities for students and staff.

How to apply

Please make an online application for this project at

Please select Advanced Composites (PhD) on the Programme Choice page.

Start date: September 2021.

We’re looking for exceptional students, with at least a high 2:1 Honours degree, from across all engineering and science subjects. Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees and living costs are available to UK, EU, and international students.

For more information

Click here to watch “An introduction to the EPSRC CDT in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing (CoSEM CDT)”.

Watch our webinar from the Engineering Postgraduate Virtual Open Day.

See our website or contact

Deadline for applications

Sunday 31 January 2021


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