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Industrial PhD Programme

Join the NSIRC PhD Programme, the leading choice for industry-focused postgraduate engineering research in the world.

Our unique industrial doctoral programme is designed to provide a future generation of highly skilled engineers with an in-depth knowledge of the science and technology of structural integrity linked to industry needs. With founding partners at Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF), TWI Ltd and bp, our proven PhD programme is now available in the UK and new international locations.

At NSIRC, students conduct their research and doctoral training with support from TWI, a leading centre of engineering research. This means they receive expert input from our industrial partners (TWI, LRF and bp) and graduate fully equipped with the skills and knowledge required for their future careers. NSIRC PhD students benefit from generous scholarships and PhD studentships to cover their university fees and provide a stipend to support their research. Join us on your industrial PhD journey and choose NSIRC...

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Programme 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. NSIRC is affiliated with over 30 leading universities in the UK and across the globe, including the University of Cambridge, home of the Cambridge department of Engineering, the University of Manchester, Singapore, Lancaster, and our lead academic partner Brunel University London.

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

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 program best matches the career ambitions of those who wish work within the oil and gas industry, power generation, petrochemical, nuclear and transportation sectors.

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

Duration, Fees & Funding

  • Full time over a minimum of three years based at TWI offices in the UK or overseas,and at the awarding university 
  • PhD Studentships Available

Entry Requirements

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.

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)


NSIRC PhD students in the Brunel non-destructive testing lab. Photo: TWI Ltd

How to apply 

The current opportunities can be viewed on the PhD Opportunities page. From there, prospective students can complete an initially application that will be assessed by a member of the NSIRC, before being invited to begin the interview process.

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If you have a question about any of our PhD topics, postgraduate courses, funding, location, anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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