Postgraduate research opportunities 10 Fully Funded PhD and EngD research studentships within Centre for Doctoral training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering (FUSE)


Key facts

  • Opens: Friday 1 January 2021
  • Deadline: Saturday 31 July 2021
  • Number of places: 10
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Funding: Home fee, Stipend


UKRI EPSRC are funding FUSE CDT, based in the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde with >30 industrial partners covering a broad range of application areas. There are 10 four-year research studentships available for a September 2021 start.
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To be considered for the CDT, candidates must:

  • Possess an Upper second (2.1) UK BEng/BSc Hons, MEng/MSc degree in a relevant engineering or physics related subject; including, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Computing, Maths, Medicine, Advanced Manufacturing
  • To be eligible for a fully funded UK Home studentship you must be a UK national resident in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar for the last three years. EU/EEA of Swiss candidates with ‘settled status’ in the UK (having lived in the UK for five years) and ‘pre-settled status’ in the UK (having lived in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland for a minimum of three years) are eligible for funding. Candidates with indefinite leave to remain or enter are also eligible for funding (further details at UK Research and Innovation)

Additional funding for Talent Scholarships may be available through this CDT, please contact FUSE team directly for information.

For any queries about the application process, eligibility and our Talent Scholarships, please email

Please note: Available, fully-funded studentships are now only available for "Home" students. International Candidates may still apply if they have a funding source independent of FUSE CDT. There will be a very small number of fully-funded international studentships available in the 2022 intake.

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Project Details

FUSE training is the first such ultrasonic engineering programme in the world. The research degree for each student usually spans four years. The first 12 months contain two taught semesters for full time students, followed by a four-month Short Research Project. This is followed by 36 months on a doctoral research project and submission of a Thesis for final examination.

You will choose your research project during the second semester and this will have at least one external industrial partner, to allow each student to initiate, confirm and deepen activity in a preferred sub-specialism. Potential research areas include medical diagnostics, therapy and surgery; robotically enabled sensing; non-destructive inspection; haptic ultrasound; industrial process control; underwater SONAR and ultrasonic communications; instrumentation; simulation.

A FUSE student may gain either a PhD or an EngD. A PhD involves a single project, or a set of projects following a single pathway. PhD students work in either university, or between them, and may spend periods of several weeks with external partners. An EngD may involve a set of projects within a single area, or a portfolio of short projects in a broader area. EngD students spend, typically, 50 - 75% of their time with an external industrial partner. Every PhD or EngD has at least one external partner, drawn from the total of more than 30 already committed to FUSE and from others who will join the community. Each external partner contributes to creation of the research topic and provides on-going mentoring and supervision.

Alongside technical training, FUSE students benefit from a professional skills programme including key topics such as data management, time management, and communications in their 1st year and topics aimed at enhancing impact. The courses include input from external partners to match the skills demanded of future technology leaders. Students are supported to own their development, including through public engagement activities and delivering research impact.

We welcome part-time students, supporting them individually as part of our Equality, Diversity and Integration Action Plan. Most importantly, interaction with full-time peers and other doctoral research students will be maximised to play a full part in FUSE.

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Funding details

A  combination of EPSRC and industrial funding will provide full Home/UK tuition fees, along with the standard EPSRC stipend (further details at UK Research and Innovation). Each student will be provided with a training and development fund to support their research project and dissemination of the key results. It is envisaged that every student will attend at least one international conference and have a secondment opportunity within one of our industrial partners.

Applications are considered on a monthly cycle, with a series of interviews scheduled subject to the availability of places.

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The FUSE CDT has a pool of >20 academics within the two host institutions:

  • Medical and Industrial Ultrasound (Glasgow)
  • Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (Strathclyde)

Their expertise spans the entire spectrum of ultrasonic applications, with each project, supervisor and industrial partner aligned to maximise support to the research student.

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Contact us

For any queries about the application process, eligibility and our Talent Scholarships, please email