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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics


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This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4 year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Fluid Dynamics.

A key feature of this Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is that your supervisory team come from a range of disciplines from across the University. You will therefore be expected to have broad interests and be willing to learn beyond your core expertise. There will also be the expectation that you will spend an extended period working with either an industrial, environmental or external academic partner as part of your project.

You will be part of a cohort of research students with different academic backgrounds, all focusing on different aspects of fluid dynamics. During the selection process we will be looking for students who will be enthusiastic about learning with and from their peers, as well as the ability to undertake their own in-depth research.

During your time in the CDT you will develop substantial technical and transferable skills enabling you to build a successful career and become a leader in industry or academia. In addition to a wide range of computational, modelling and experimental techniques, you will have many opportunities to develop team working, communication and problem solving skills.

Duration: 4 years
Start date: Sept/Oct 2014

Applications for this CDT are closed for 2014 entry. Applications for 2015 entry will be announced in the Autumn. Please check back for details.


Year 1 (semester 1)

You will study the following modules.

Module Credits
Foundations of Fluids
This module is designed to allow students from different backgrounds to develop or reinforce understanding of core material (mathematical theory, numerical methods and experimental techniques).
Computational Fluid Dynamics Software
You will be introduced to open and commercial packages to develop understanding of the use and limitations of CFD software, and introducing the fundamentals of high performance computing (HPC).
Professional Development
You will develop a range of transferable skills (including: team-working, problem-solving, managing your PhD, project management, commercial awareness, technical and non-technical communication, etc).

Year 1 (semester 2)

In semester two, and over the summer of your first year, you will make a provisional selection of your PhD project and supervisors, commence the background reading for your topic, and refine the specification of your chosen project so as to develop a clear set of research questions. In parallel with this, you will undertake a 60 credit Multidisciplinary Group Project and a further 15 credit Professional Development module (including a short industrial placement) as part of the MSc.

The group project will require you to work in teams of 3-5, supervised by staff from different disciplines, and mentored by a collaborator from industry. Your project will involve both experiments and simulations, and your cross-disciplinary team will be expected to utilise the different strengths and backgrounds of its members. The process will include project planning, equipment and resource allocation, technical delivery and dissemination of results.

Years 2-4: You will complete the remaining 45 MSc credits by undertaking your choice of optional MSc modules (most suited to your own PhD project) and you will complete the initial phases of your PhD project. By the end of the year you will be expected to have: a thorough understanding of existing research related to your topic; developed the core scientific skills in order to be able to undertake your planned research; a clear description of the expected contribution to knowledge to come from your project; and a plan of action, and timeline, for achieving these goals, and writing your thesis, over the following two years.

In addition to undertaking your research in years two to four, you will expected to take advantage of an enormous range of personal development activities that will be provided as part of the CDT. These include: undertaking a long-term (e.g. 3 months) placement with an industrial R&D group or with another internationally leading academic research group; attending, and contributing to, regular seminar series, workshops, conferences and other academic activities; developing further technical and transferable skills and applying them in your research and beyond (e.g. dissemination, knowledge transfer, etc.).


A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (£3,900 in Session 2013/14), together with a maintenance grant (£13,726 in Session 2014/15) paid at standard Research Council rates and a Research Training Support Grant.

Generally, UK students will be eligible for a full award and other European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying academic fees and RTSG only, except in cases where residency in the UK has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the programme of study.

Places are available for students who have their own funding.

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to a UK first class honours (or a good upper second class) in a science or engineering discipline.

How to apply

To apply please complete a formal application for Integrated PhD study (click on ‘Apply online’).

- Select ‘Research Postgraduate’ for type of form.
- Select ‘Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering CFD FT’ as the course. Note that successful applications will be transferred to the CDT for Fluid Dynamics programme after processing.
- Start date: 1 October 2014
- Enter ‘CDT Fluid Dynamics’ in the ‘Research Area’ section. You may include a research proposal if you have a specific project you wish to follow, however this is not required at this stage.
- Please include a CV and transcripts of your first degree.
- Please also include a personal statement of your interests within the subject area – not more than half a side of A4.

Applications for this CDT are closed for 2014 entry. Applications for 2015 entry will be announced in the Autumn. Please check back for details.

Number of places: A maximum of 10 funded places available for Sept/Oct 2014 entry.

Selection will be determined by:
- Formal application, CV and transcripts of first degree.
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview.

Selection will be based upon: academic performance and ability; aptitude for inter-disciplinary study and research; potential to contribute to, and benefit from, the cohort-based approach of the Centre; aptitude for undertaking independent study and research; and openness to develop new skills and capabilities.

If you require any further information please contact the CDT support
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.