EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, EngD studentships (Funded). Eight industry-based fully funded EngD studentships hosted by the University of Exeter Ref: 3208

About the award


Primary Supervisor:  Various TBC (one supervisor from Exeter)

Secondary Supervisors: Second supervisor from Exeter and one from Cranfield University or the University of Warwick

The studentships

Do you want a career focussed on making industry more sustainable?

Join our unique collaboration between the Universities of Exeter, Warwick, and Cranfield, which works with industry to drive sustainability, and train a new generation of research engineers and entrepreneurs.

Video: Professor Chris Smith explains more about the studentships >>

The University of Exeter is currently recruiting for eight (8) fully-funded EngD studentships, with a tax-free stipend of £20,277 per year, to start as soon as possible. We are seeking top-class motivated graduates ready to help solve sustainability problems in industry through research with the University of Exeter. The UK is committed to integrating sustainability into its industrial base which requires a new generation of leaders who have world class skills in technical aspects of Engineering and sustainability. Our EngD researchers are awarded an International Engineering Doctorate, jointly by the Universities of Exeter, Warwick and Cranfield.

As a ‘Research Engineer’ in this programme you will be supervised by world leading academic experts and industrial researchers in your project. Each of these eight projects will have an industry partner ready to implement changes in how they address a sustainability challenge within their business.

The list of industrial partners associated with the programme is growing, and each project will take its own shape. The programme could involve companies from sectors as varied the domestic heating sector, to oil & gas, to construction. In your application please do indicate if you are interested in any particular sectors.

The studentship will cover a stipend of £20,277 per annum, research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for students who meet the residency requirements outlined by the EPSRC. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award but no stipend. Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding. Further information about eligibility can be found here.

The studentships are part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing.

For further details on our current projects, see the links below. This advert will be updated with industrial partners and supervisors as projects are defined. Please ensure you check back as more information is added.

1. Industrial Partner: Oxford Plastics
    Project outline: Re-using Composite Materials to produce Trench Covers for Construction. 
    Primary supervisor: Dr Luke Savage

2. Industrial Partner: Blacker Sheep Limited
    Project outline: Review processes and waste streams from yarn production and develop options for increased productivity, reducing, re-using and otherwise managing or adding value, with particular emphasis on lean manufacturing techniques
    Primary supervisor: Dr Justin Hinshelwood

3. Industrial Partner: Oxford Instruments Plc
    Project outline: Computational Modelling and Optimisation of Plasma Processes
    Primary supervisor: Prof Gavin Tabor

4. Industrial Partner: Cornish Lithium Ltd
    Project outline: Novel extraction and responsible sourcing of lithium from unconventional brine and hard rock resources
    Primary supervisor: Dr Rob Fitzpatrick

The collaboration with each named project partner is subject to contract.  Please note full details of the project partner’s contribution and involvement with the project is still to be confirmed and may change during the course of contract negotiations.  Full details will be confirmed at offer stage.

Entry requirements

You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in Engineering, Materials or Chemistry.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see our postgraduate website for details).

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.

  • CV
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 31 October 2018. Interviews will be held after applications have been received.

Please quote reference 3208 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.
Programme-specific queries should be directed to the CDT administrator Nia Owen: N.A.Owen@exeter.ac.uk


Application deadline:31st October 2018
Number of awards:8
Value:4-year studentship for UK/EU students to include tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance of approximately £20,277 per year
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Support Office +44 (0)1392 722730 / 5150 stemm-pgr-admissions@exeter.ac.uk