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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy

Are you interested in the application of renewable energy technology and policy? The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems - a partnership between Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh - has 10 funded four-year PhD studentships on offer.

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1 October 2016


Four years


The ESPRC Centre has up to 10 four-year PhD studentships on offer for the coming academic year.

The studentships are available for UK and eligible EU citizens, who possess or are about to obtain a UK first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

The centre is composed of a students from a variety of age groups, academic and industry backgrounds, and experience; from physics graduates and electronics engineers to control and instrumental industry experts returning to academia.

EU applicants are only eligible for the stipend if they have been resident in the UK for three years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting the programme. If an EU applicant cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for the tuition fees element only of the studentship.

International students may be eligible for the studentships if they are 'settled' in the UK. 'Settled' means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of the stay. To be ‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode, Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.

Students with full refugee status are eligible for the tuition fees and stipend elements of the studentship.

Project Details

This Centre offers the UK’s only comprehensive doctoral training programme in Wind & Marine Energy, bringing together the leading UK research groups in Wind Energy at Strathclyde and Marine Energy at Edinburgh University.

Wind and Marine Energy are the most promising renewable energies for the UK and their contribution to electricity generation is central to UK plans to meet binding EU obligations to provide 15% of all UK energy from non-carbon sources by 2020.  The centre will help the UK meet these ambitious targets and through support from its key UK and global business and industry partners, develop the new generation of high-skilled professionals needed to lead the vibrant energy sector. 

A formal programme of training and research is completed to develop and enhance students’ technical interdisciplinary knowledge, and broaden their understanding of the social, political and economic contexts of wind power and marine energy systems.

Year 1 - Instructional course (MRes)

Year 1 combines MSc level taught classes with training in professional engineering skills, research techniques and methodologies. Academics from both institutions support delivery of the programme.  You'll explore potential PhD topics during this year through mini-projects and assessments, with a final topic agreed for the start of Year 2.   

Years 2 to 4 - Research study (PhD)

You'll study for a PhD in a research topic of your choice.  Research topics are broad-ranging, based on industry needs and span power system analysis, operation and maintenance, to condition monitoring, novel design solution and turbine control.  

Our current students' topics include:

  • analysis of complex wind flow using numerical and experimental methods
  • turbulence characteristics in the presence of wind turbines
  • spatio-temporal prediction of wind fields
  • next generation controller design for large multi-MW wind turbines
  • distributed control of wind turbine blades
  • electrical collection networks for offshore wind
  • power network access arrangements for wind power
  • control and protection of supergrids
  • the effect of seasonal weather and side conditions on wind turbine failures

Academic activities

Throughout the four years,you're also required to participate in the Professional Engineer Training Scheme (PETS). This was created by students from the centre, to provide them with the opportunity to get involved in activities and training that will develop their professional skills.  There are two key components of PETS – an elected committee responsible for ensuring PETS operates smoothly, and a Professional Development Course with a strong emphasis on schools and public outreach, and industry engagement activities.

The Centre is the first, and only, accredited Centre for Chartered Engineer training in the UK, with dual accreditation from the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Funding Details

The studentships cover university tuition fees, provide a highly competitive stipend to help with livinsg costs for the full four years of the programme.

How to apply

Applications open annually from 1 October and are accepted all year round.

To apply, complete an online application, uploading copies of your academic transcripts, degree certificate, passport, and a covering letter explaining why you are interested in studying on the programme. Your application will be for the one-year instructional MRes in the first instance, with transfer to the PhD made at the end of Year 1 upon satisfactory completion of the MRes.

Applications are reviewed by an Academic Panel, with selected candidates then invited for interview. Interviews are conducted between March and July.  

Admissions enquiries can be directed to Drew Smith, tel: +44 (0)141 548 2880