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Industrial PhD Student Research at TWI

View the student profiles from our PhD programme in Cambridge

Visit the PhD profiles to read abstracts of their research in the field of structural integrity.

The industrial doctorate programme at NSIRC is sponsored and supported by our founding partners TWI Ltd, Lloyd's Register Foundation and bp.

TWI Ltd is a global research and technology organisation that has been renowned for its expertise and impartial advice to member since its foundation in the 1940s. Based in Cambridge, the centre is home to over 100 NSIRC PhD students, as well as over 600 members of staff who work in fields from numerical modelling and non-destructive testing to coatings, ceramics, artificial intelligence, robotics and beyond.

TWI CRP sponsored PhD students at NSIRC

LRF (Lloyd's Register Foundation) is a registered international charity that supports research, innovation, and education that is making the world a safer place to love and work. NSIRC students sponsored by Lloyd's Register Foundation PhD students receive guidance and supervision just as TWI sponsored students do, with an academic supervisor from their university and an industrial supervisor at LRF.

Lloyd's Register Foundation scholarship students at NSIRC

bp has been a partner of NSIRC since 2012 and has sponsored NSIRC student research that continues to have an impact across academia and the oil and gas engineering sector. Dr Roberto Morana, bp Senior Materials & Welding Engineer said , "Through NSIRC bp has access to TWI’s expertise on applied research and to PhD students undertaking fundamental research to help underpin bp’s commercial operations.”

bp sponsored PhD student case study

NSIRC PhD students (National Structural Integrity Research Centre) and those of the masters programme, have written many high quality journal articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations. The centre is affiliated with over 30 UK and international universities including the University of Cambridge, Lancaster University, Manchester, Singapore and many more.

These publications present cutting edge research that contributes to the advancement of the field of structural integrity and asset reliability management, through the development of new concepts and methods.

Industry is calling for research and universities want impact

When large structures fail, the results can be catastrophic. All types of products and plant are at risk if designers, manufacturers and users do not understand how to build and operate structures safely.

Failure mechanisms, such as fatigue, creep and corrosion, have a global cost of £1.6 trillion, the latter representing three per cent of the world’s GDP.

Through our degree programmes, NSIRC MSc research and structural integrity PhD students are advancing fundamental science for the safe operation of products and structures.

NSIRC students are gaining skills and knowledge into...

  • Demonstrating solutions for long-term asset management
  • Structural health monitoring systems and reliability centered maintenance
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Project management and maintenance strategies

This includes structural health, condition monitoring and health management through user-led applications.


Masters degrees for oil and gas industry engineers at TWI

Structural Integrity (Asset reliability management)

Oil and Gas Engineering

Full-time MSc courses in Cambridge with Brunel University London

Engineering Leadership and Management

Part-time MSc course in Cambridge with Aston University

Executive MBA Apprenticeship

Part-time Executive MBA programme based in Cambridge with De Montfort University