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

Queen's Building
University Walk
United Kingdom

Email: composites-cdt@bristol.ac.uk

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

COSEM-CDT profile imageOur 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 structures that can morph their shape or have self-repair functionality embedded within their materials. Smart biomaterials that can be designed to adapt their chemical and mechanical properties in response to changes in physiological parameters. A sustainable, waste free world. This could be your future, achieved through the application of high-performance advanced composites.

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.

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.

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 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 engineering and scientific skills and explore research areas that interest you most, influencing your choice of PhD project towards the end of your first year.

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

  • Computational structural mechanics and the development of novel numerical methods for the study of the mechanical performance of composite structures, supported by data-rich experimentation.
  • Advanced composites for extreme engineering environments and new and exciting multifunctional smart materials inspired by nature.
  • Novel and innovative manufacturing approaches, to deliver improvements in cost, quality, sustainability, and functionality across a range of industries.

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, giving you valuable experience of working with technical industry experts and through international placements.

You will work in a collaborative and stimulating environment, strengthened by a series of cohort-driven activities, 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.

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

More about BCI
The CDT was established in 2009 and is based at the Bristol Composites Institute (BCI), a world-leading research Centre at the heart of the UK Government’s Composites Strategy. BCI has more than 150 researchers, many working on industrially relevant projects within the aerospace, wind, marine, and automotive industries. BCI works closely with the National Composites Centre (NCC), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the university, to explore fully all 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.

Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees and living costs are available to UK, EU, and International students.


Number of researchers
c.12 per cohort

Positions recently recruited for
We have recruited three cohorts of students so far since 2019. Our most recent cohort started the programme in September 2021

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 www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2021/doctoral/phd-advanced-composites

Closing date
31st January 2022

E-mail composites-cdt@bristol.ac.uk

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