PhD Studentship: Flaw tolerance of cellular materials in lightweight structural design

University College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

This studentship provides an opportunity for a UK/EU candidate to join a 3-year study program in UCL's Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL has an outstanding international reputation in research on energy and the environment, marine engineering and naval architecture and engineering for medical applications, with strong research collaborations with industry and universities in the UK, North America, Asia and the Far East and has excellent research and teaching facilities.

Studentship Description

A 3-year PhD studentship is available at UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering for an enthusiastic student interested in flaw tolerance of cellular materials in lightweight structural design.

Person Specification

Applicants must have a UK-equivalent first degree in Mechanical/Structural/Materials Engineering or Solid Mechanics, or an equivalent discipline with a high technical content. An aptitude for computational modelling is essential and prior experience with ABAQUS (finite-element software) will be an advantage. Only students with a UK-equivalent First Class Honours degree, or are expecting to receive one, and/or a MSc degree with distinction will be considered.


This funding is only for UK and EU passport holders. There is no minimum qualifying residence requirement for applicants from the EU. Please DO NOT enquire about this studentship if you are ineligible.

Application Procedure

See for information.  Prospective candidates are highly encouraged to email both Dr Eral Bele ( and Dr PJ Tan ( for an informal discussion before applying. A recent CV, full transcript of exam results (listing all subjects and their corresponding grades/marks) and a cover letter stating how the project meets your research interests must be included. Individuals in their final year of study should list all modules/grades for which the results are already known.

Contact name

Dr Eral Bele
Contact details

Interview date: TBA
Studentship Start Date: ASAP

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