Life cycle assessment: composite materials and products

Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), internationally recognised for multi-disciplinary research and teaching across all areas of sustainability seeks applications from high quality students for a funded studentship in Life Cycle Assessment: Composite Materials and Products.

Application deadline
Funding source
The National Composites Centre (NCC)
Funding information

The successful candidate will receive a generous stipend of £18,000 per annum throughout this time (with potential to increase to c. £20,000 per annum after two years). Only available to UK/EU students.

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The National Composites Centre (NCC) is the centre for innovation in composites manufacturing. Proudly one of seven UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres , with a highly regarded internationally reputation, we play a vital role accelerating the growth of the UK’s advanced manufacturing output, bridging academia and industry to change the world of composites manufacturing and application. 

The NCC is seeing an increase in demand for sustainable solutions to engineering challenges, and the assessment of environmental impact is vital to achieving this. A new research group with a focus on sustainability was set up in April 2017 and has expanded steadily since its inception. Life cycle assessment forms a core capability of the group, and the role of this project is to provide expertise to develop methods and improve international consensus on carrying out life cycle assessment for composite materials and products.

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Further funding information

Stipends are usually tax-free and DPs will also benefit from an additional £500 p.a. allowance for attendance at conferences etc. In addition, full-time tuition fees (£4,260) will be covered at the current Home/EU rate for the duration of the programme. Overseas students applying for 2018 entry will need to provide self-funding to bridge the fees between Home/EU (£4,260) and Overseas fees (£20,800).

Details about how you intend to finance this difference must be included in your covering letter for your application to be considered.

Eligibility criteria

To apply for this studentship, you will need to have:

  • English proficiency 
  • Masters level or equivalent in engineering, materials science, product design, or environmental subjects 
  • Significant experience in undertaking life cycle assessment studies 
  • Work experience outside of academic institutes is desirable, particularly experience with composite materials or the manufacturing  industry would be beneficial 
  • Expertise in engineering
  • A passion for the environment 
  • An inquisitive nature 
  • Strong communication skills are necessary and evidence of stakeholder engagement at all levels is required 
  • The candidate must be able to display a capacity for independent thought, as well as a pragmatic attitude to working within industry.

How to apply

Formal applications must be made when applying through our Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability PhD/EngD.

References will need to be provided. two academic references or one academic and one industry reference is required.

For enquiries related to the application process, please contact for an information pack that will include:

  • A project brief
  • Information about the Centre for Environment and Sustainability
  • Details of the Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability course.

Only UK/EU students may apply.

Application deadline

Contact details

For enquiries please contact Catherine Stuart:

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