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Our PhD students will lead the UK, in particular the aerospace and energy sectors, to new levels of innovation

16 Fully-funded PhD Studentships with Industrial Top-up

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing



The metals industry accounts for 46% of all EU manufacturing value and 11% of the EU’s total GDP. This equates to an added value of about €1.3 trillion annually, or €3.5 billion per day in the EU. However, many companies in the UK find that the lack of well-trained metals engineers remains a major concern for high-value manufacturing industry, e.g. the aerospace, power generation, gas and oil, and offshore engineering sectors.


IMPaCT was created to train future leaders who are able to fully exploit and deploy innovative metal processing techniques in industry. It brings together world-class metals research teams from the universities of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham along with 14 industrial and international partners.

The Centre has secured significant financial support from EPSRC, the three universities and our industrial partners including Alstom Power, Doncasters Group, Rolls-Royce, ESI, STFC, Tata Steel, and TWI.


The studentships are for a 4-year integrated training programme. In the first year you undertake a range of Masters level training modules covering technical and transferable skills, involving all three universities and take work experience with our industrial partners. In the following three years, you will carry out research for a PhD in a particular topic, using appropriate research facilities in the three universities and spending time working with your industrial partners.

IMPaCT will provide the integrated experimental, analytical, modelling and transferable skills training which is required for innovation in industry. Beyond this, there will be an array of student-led events, e.g. mini-symposia, workshops and summer schools. Studying metal processing at IMPaCT will be invigorating, challenging and rewarding.

You will nurture friendships, forge new research directions, and develop the skills and expertise required for a fulfilling career leading the UK aerospace and energy sectors to new levels of innovation and added value.


  1. Casting: single-crystal/investment casting of superalloys for aerospace and power generation applications
  2. Welding: including novel dissimilar welding & joining techniques for gas and oil transportation systems
  3. Surface Engineering: e.g. advanced functional coating, surface modifications for turbine applications
  4. Near Net-shape Forming: including laser assisted metal forming, novel hot isostatic pressing
  5. Synthesis of Nanomaterials: e.g. synthesis metallic nanoparticles for coating & printed electronics
  6. Materials Characterisation & Performance Evaluation of power generation and aerospace structures
  7. Modelling of Metal Processing: e.g. multi-scale multi-physics modelling of 3-D printing, casting, welding


We’re looking for exceptional candidates, with (or about to obtain) at least a high 2:1 Honours degree, from across all engineering and science subjects.


Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees, travel expenses, and a minimum stipend of £14,553 plus a possible industry top-up of up to £4,000 per annum for UK students; partial funding is also available for exceptional international students but places are limited.

START DATE: September 2018. (There are still limited places available for 2017/18)



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