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A PhD for the future leaders of industry

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre has created a PhD within industry. It is designed to produce the future generation of highly skilled engineers with an in-depth knowledge of the science and technology of structural integrity linked to industry needs.

Students conduct their research in an industrial environment at TWI Cambridge. This mean that they will receive expert input from NSIRC's industrial partners, and be fully equipped with the skills and knowledge required for their future careers.

NSIRC PhD students benefit from generous scholarships to cover their university fees and provide a stipend to support their research.

The current research degree opportunities can be viewed here.


What is the course content...?

During this three year industrial PhD programme, students will spend much of their time in the state-of-the-art laboratories at TWI near Cambridge. They will design and carry out cutting edge experiments guided by supervisors from TWI, their sponsor and their university.

Opportunities are also provided to publish journal articles, present at international conferences and attend courses to support personal development.


Who would be ideal for this PhD...?

The programme is designed for mechanical, chemical and structural engineering graduates, those with degrees in materials science, metallurgy or physics, and experienced engineers in developing materials and structures.


A career developing PhD, accredited by The Welding Institute

This PhD in Structural Integrity will provide the required advanced theoretical knowledge, and essential practical skills, for graduates to contribute to the field of structural integrity through the development of new concepts and methods.

The programme best matches the career ambitions of those who wish work within the oil and gas industry, power generation, petrochemical, nuclear and transportation sectors. It is accredited by The Welding Institute as further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Students working on projects in the field of non-destructive testing will also be able to acquire membership of BINDT (the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing).

The degree will provide the platform for rewarding careers in which to ensure structures and truly good design is paramount.


Duration and Fees

  • Full time over three years based at TWI in Cambridge, UK
  • PhD scholarships available

A number of fully funded PhD scholarships are available for suitable candidates with a strong interest in fundamental and applied research in the area of structural integrity.

For home students, a £24k per annum scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees and provide a competitive enhanced stipend of £16-20kper annum for the duration of three years.

Partial scholarships are provided for international students with funding up to £24k per annum for three years.

Scholarships will be considered as part of the PhD application process - there is no need to apply separately.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant engineering subject, or significant extensive work experience to a similar level.

Overseas applications should have the minimum level of English language qualification:

  • IELTS min 6.5 for PhD
  • TOEFL paper test: 550 (TWE 4)
  • TOEFL internet test: 79
  • (R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)


The current NSIRC PhD research degree opportunities can be viewed here.