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About the IDC

The EngD in Composites Manufacture is a four-year postgraduate research programme, for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry.


An EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training

  • Supported by EPSRC funding of £7.5 million
  • Integral activity of the Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub and a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol (lead university), Cranfield, Manchester and Nottingham

Developing elite Research Engineers

  • Addressing the urgent and growing need across the UK polymer composites manufacturing sector for engineers ready to take on key leadership positions in industry
  • Equipping Research Engineers with the necessary advanced technical and leadership skills required for effective adoption of new knowledge and technologies in composites manufacture

Industrially-focused research

  • Research projects are industry-based and industry-led and aim to address the sponsors commercial research priorities
  • A programme of bespoke Masters-level technical units and business skills training ensures Research Engineers bring considerable specialist knowledge and capability to their project
  • Theme area: manufacturing of engineered composite structures
  • Relevant industry sectors: aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy and construction
  • Applied research activity focussed on TRL: 3-5

Academic excellence and access to resources

  • Constant flow of cutting-edge ideas between the sponsor company and leading academics within the relevant field
  • Access to a complete range of equipment and techniques at the UK National Composites Centre (NCC)
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