If you are considering applying, or are in the process of applying to study at the Wind Energy Systems CDT, here is the place to find answers to your questions!
Am I eligible for a place?
All applicants should have either a first or upper-second class undergraduate degree or a Masters in a physical sciences or engineering discipline.
What is a 'studentship'?
A studentship is more than a place on the course, it includes funding which covers all tuition fees and provides you with a highly competitive stipend to cover living costs for the full 4 years. This is inclusive of the 1st year MRes programme. Students also receive a travel allowance to cover conference fees and expenses.
International students are eligible for the full studentships; however, it should be noted that this will only cover the fees at home level. Higher fees can be applied which may not be covered by the standard studentship.
How do I apply?
To apply to Track A or Track B at Strathclyde, apply now online for a postgraduate research degree. You should select ‘MRes Wind Energy Systems’ as the programme name. For administrative reasons this is listed as a 12 month course but it is the correct programme for the 4 year PhD. There is no need to complete the ‘Project Proposal’ section as PhD topics are not decided until the end of the first year. Applications should be completed by the end of July to start the following October.
To apply to Track B at the University of Edinburgh, visit University of Edinburgh for more information.
What is the work load like?
The first year of taught modules is intense – a wide variety of topics are covered and whatever your academic background, some of it will be completely new! After the first year, as you might expect from research, there is always more to do. CDT students often undertake extra work such as outreach/public engagement or perusing professional qualifications while completing their PhD. All students are expected to work at least 9-to-5.
I've been offered a place, how do I register?
Both Track A and Track B students will need to register at the University of Strathlyde to complete the first semester. This can be done completely online – follow instructions in emails from the University to complete online registration through Pegasus. You do not need to attend the registration days in September to collect your matriculation card; this can be done on arrival in October.
What holidays will I get?
CDT students have an annual holiday allowance of 30 days – 4 of which must be taken at Christmas/New Year when the University is closed – in addition to bank holidays.
Will I be based in Strathclyde, Edinburgh or Oxford University?
Track A students will be based at the University of Strathclyde for all 4 years of the CDT.
Track B students will be based at the University of Strathclyde for the first semester of the CDT. The remainder of the PhD will be carried out at the host university: Strathclyde, Edinburgh or Oxford.
Will I be based at a company during the PhD?
CDT students will spend most of their study period within the University. However, there will be opportunities towards the end of the 1st year, during the summer projects, and throughout the PhD to spend short visits at collaborating companies.