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Prospective Students

As a 'research engineer' with our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, you will have unrivalled access to the research and teaching expertise from three leading Universities.

You will be part of a leading research group at your home institution and will be supervised by an academic in that institution and a mentor in your sponsor company. Your research focus will be on the real commercial challenges faced by your sponsoring company, where you will spend part of your time.

Flexibility is a key advantage of an EngD. The work you undertake on your chosen project will be of a multi-disciplinary nature, and your final submission will be in the form of a portfolio, rather than a single project, allowing for a broader range of knowledge and the ability to stay ahead of the game and fit the changing needs of industry.

There will be opportunities for you to take advantage of each of the partner Universities' well-established links to cultivate networks at home and abroad with fellow students, senior industrialists, policy makers from the private and public sector and leading thinkers in your field.

You will also have the option to gain an MSc in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing as part of the programme. There will also be group projects aimed at delivering real solutions, a series of modules and commercialisation workshops.

International placements are available with our partner institutions in Australia, USA, Switzerland, Japan, India, Canada, and Sweden. Alternatively, you may undertake a placement through your sponsor company if they have international links. This will enable you to better understand the global manufacturing environment and open doors for collaboration.

Graduates from our traditional Engineering Doctorate scheme are now some of the most influential players in their field. Our new international dimension offers even greater opportunities for you and your sponsor company to shine on the world stage.

Funded studentships come with a tax free stipend of £19,000 per annum, which is equivalent to many graduate jobs.

Student Eligibility

Training grants from EPSRC to universities include funding for fees and stipends (maintenance payments for students).

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) a student must have:

Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay

  • Been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)


  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

To be eligible for a fees only award (EU students):

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be:

  • ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Note: These eligibility criteria are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 and subsequent amendments, covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Available Projects

Take a look at the projects we currently have available

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