PhD Advanced Metallic Systems CDT / Programme details

Year of entry: 2022

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Programme description

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems was established in January 2009, with a £6.3M investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It is a partnerships between The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield to provide a national training centre for doctoral scientists and engineers in metallurgy and related disciplines.

This programme offers a new direction for PhD study, with an exciting and interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training, combining a foundation year to reinforce core skills with a 3-year doctoral level thesis project.

The Centre aims to prepare the next generation of Metallic Materials Engineers with the right skills set for research leadership in a globally competitive market place.  


The foundation year of the programme aims to develop students' core skills and provide a broad range of industrial experience through MSc level modules, case studies and projects. This will allow students to make an informed choice of PhD topic. After 9 months cores skills training, student will develop a PhD project proposal with academic staff members, which will form the basis of their individual thesis project for Years 2-4.

It is expected that the PhD projects will be interdisciplinary, with co-supervision by academics at Manchester and Sheffield providing students with access to the world class facilities at both institutions.

The Doctoral Training Centre students will also engage in other activities, aimed at expanding their horizons, such as:

  • Professional, leadership and management skills training
  • Media and public engagement skills training
  • Industrial study tours and placements
  • International Summer Schools
  • Regular seminar series
  • Annual Conferences

Special features

This 4-year PhD programme gives students the opportunity to develop their core skills, learn about a broader range of metallurgical research, and develop their own PhD project. The preparatory year also gives a head start so that students are able to make rapid progress with their PhD project.

The ambition of the CDT programme is to prepare a new generation of Doctoral graduates, with highly developed specialised skills in metallic materials, for future research challenges in a globally competitive market place.

To this end we aim to:

  • Provide a stimulating, multidisciplinary training experience that encourages students to excel.
  • Teach topical courses that balance cutting edge technologies, with fundamental principles and core concepts.
  • Develop professional transferable skills in leadership, business and research management.
  • Foster innovative cutting-edge internationally competitive research.
  • Work in partnership with industry to increase industrial experience and maintain relevance.

Scholarships and bursaries

If your application is successful, the Centre for Doctoral Training will fully fund tuition fees and provide an enhanced maintenance scholarship for students who qualify under the EPSRC's UK eligibility rules.

If you are from the EU, and have not been resident in the UK for the last three years, the Centre will provide tuition fees only.

Applications from International students are encouraged, but students will have to arrange their own funding.

The full award will provide Home tuition fees and an enhanced stipend of approximately £16,000 in the first year.

In years 2-4, it is expected that all students will be sponsored, with the basic EPSRC stipend (approximately £15,000) supplemented by additional industrial support in the range £3,000-£5000.

Disability support

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