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Composites Manufacture

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Composites Manufacture is a four-year postgraduate research programme, which integrates an industry-based research project with research training in technical subjects, as well as business skills and transferable skills training. Each EngD research project is designed around the sponsor company's research priorities. Due to the nature of the funding, this programme is open to home/EU students only.

The EngD programme is run by the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture, which is firmly embedded within the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub. The IDC is a collaboration between the University of Bristol (the lead university), Cranfield University, the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham. EngD students benefit from the use of cutting-edge equipment and expertise at the universities and at the National Composites Centre, which provides a world-class facility to bridge the gap between research and industrial application.

The IDC aims to provide the UK composites manufacturing industry with EngD graduates who are equipped with the advanced technical and leadership skills required for effective adoption of new knowledge and technologies in composites manufacture. The relevant industry areas include aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy and construction.

Entry requirements

A first-class honours degree or upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in engineering, physical science or applied mathematics.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Course modules

EngD students spend 75 per cent of their time at their sponsoring company, carrying out an industrially-focused research project. Your location is therefore dependent on sponsor company's location and could be anywhere within the UK. Their remaining time is dedicated to the taught component of the EngD programme. This technical training, which is delivered at the National Composites Centre in Bristol, requires attendance at a number of one-week, master's-level units during the first two years of the programme.

EngD students are supervised by an academic and an industrial supervisor, and are registered at the university of the academic supervisor.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our EngD in Composites Manufacture. (

Sponsorship information

Students are either supported financially as a salaried employee of a collaborating company, or by a stipend including a company top-up (£20,000 per annum for four years). Due to the nature of the funding, this programme is open to home/EU students only.

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