The core of our Centre for Doctoral Training lies in solving academically challenging and industrially relevant problems through a profound understanding of processing–microstructure–property relationships.

We have a unique focus on characterisation and provide sponsoring organisations with use of our instrumentation equipment.

About our Centre

Through our Centre, 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.


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

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We work closely with the following companies:

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