PhD Studentship in Developing Skills and Capabilities for Industry 4.0

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering


To identify and characterise the skills and capabilities required for manufacturing engineers within the era of digital manufacturing / 'Industry 4.0' (see


Combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to:

  1. Identify, characterise and map the skills/capabilities required within Industry 4.0;
  2. Explore the mechanisms for individuals/organisations to acquire such skills/capabilities;
  3. Define curricula for manufacturing within Industry
  4. (across fulltime education and professional development).

Expected outcomes

  1. Definition of skills/capabilities required within Industry 4.0, and interdependencies among them;
  2. Understanding of strategies for developing these skills within current and future workforce;
  3. Guidance for those responsible for skills and capability development at the national, university and firm levels.

Candidate profile

With, or expected to gain a high 2:1, preferably a 1st class honours degree in industrial / manufacturing engineering A good knowledge or experience of skills / capabilities development

This EPSRC funded studentship is available for Home and EU students. Home students and  certain EU students will receive a full studentship including fees and Maintenance. EU students will receive a fees only award. Details on eligibility can be found of EPSRC Web site: Overseas students are not eligible and should not apply.

Potential applicants should contact Dr Tim Minshall (, before submitting the application.

Applications should be made on-line via the Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office before the deadline: with Dr Tim Minshall identified as the potential supervisor.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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