About the Centre

The core of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT (Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies) lies in solving academically challenging and industrially relevant problems through a profound understanding of processing–microstructure–property relationships.

The Centre has a unique focus on characterisation and provides sponsoring organisations with use of state-of-the-art instrumentation equipment.

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Through the CDT, our Research Engineers undertake an Engineering Doctorate (EngD): a four-year degree that combines industrially-relevant research with a taught element. Recruited to work with a specific sponsor on a mutually agreed project, the Research Engineer is based primarily on the sponsoring organisation’s premises.

Organisations choosing to sponsor a Research Engineer become part of a thriving research community of academics, researchers and sponsors who are focused on optimising industrial applications through research.

The CDT was originally launched in 2005 with funding from EPSRC (the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and quickly established itself as a centre of excellence in materials science research and training. In January 2014 it was awarded £3 million funding by the EPSRC, matched by a further £3 million from industry.

The CDT works closely with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

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