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PhD in Advanced Composites (in collaboration with Rolls-Royce)

University of Bristol - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st March 2019
Closes: 3rd May 2019
Reference: SS

This PhD studentship is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Rolls-Royce. We are looking to recruit students with an interest in structural applications of composites. Project topics include novel material development and characterisation, manufacturing advances and simulation, development of novel analysis methods for failure prediction. The actual project selection will be made at the end of the taught component.

The four year Advanced Composites PhD programme is based in the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing. It comprises a one-year innovative taught component and a three year research project (as specified above). The taught component will fast-track graduates with science and mathematics backgrounds to acquire core engineering skills, while engineering graduates will broaden their scientific knowledge before specialising in industrial application.

The three-year research project will be jointly supervised by the academic and industrial supervisors. It is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with a world leading research teams in composites, with links to the National Composites Centre.

For more information on the programme structure and the opportunities available to you on this degree please visit the CDT website.

Candidate requirements:

We’re looking for exceptional students, with at least a high 2:1 Honours degree, from across all engineering and science subjects.


This is a prestigious EPSRC studentship supported by Rolls-Royce. The studentship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have UK residency) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend topped up above the current RCUK rate (£15,009 in 2019/20) to a minimum of £17,777. The PhD comes with a generous allowance for equipment, software and conference travel.

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 2019.


For further information please contact:

Deadline for applications: 3rd May 2019

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