Composites Manufacture

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Run by Faculty of Engineering
Awards available EngD
Programme length Four years full-time (75% in industry)
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date Not fixed

Programme overview

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Composites Manufacture is a four-year postgraduate research programme, which integrates an industry-based research project with a taught programme in technical subjects related to composites materials, design, mechanics and manufacturing, as well as business skills and transferable skills training. Each EngD research project is designed around the sponsor company's research priorities.

The EngD programme is run by the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture, which is embedded within the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub. EngD students benefit from the use of cutting-edge equipment and expertise at the universities and at the National Composites Centre, which provides a world-class facility to bridge the gap between research and industrial application.

The IDC aims to provide the UK composites manufacturing industry with EngD graduates who are equipped with the advanced technical and leadership skills required for effective adoption of new knowledge and technologies in composites manufacture. The relevant industry areas include aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy and construction.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Students are supported financially by a stipend including a company top-up (£22,124 per annum for four years). As the research component takes place at the industrial sponsor, this programme is not available to those requiring a tier 4 visa for study in the UK.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

You will be part of Bristol Composites Institute (BCI) a world leading research centre with far reaching global collaborations, interactions and partnerships. You will have access to an interdisciplinary knowledge base through the taught components and the research supervision. In the taught component you will be integrated with other students.

The taught component comprises nine units to provide an intellectually stimulating and inspiring educational framework that encourages innovation. In your first year you will study the fundamentals of composite materials, manufacturing and mechanics, including design for manufacture and non-destructive evaluation techniques. The units are designed to engage you and provide an interdisciplinary view of composites from materials chemistry to physics of imaging and evaluation, combining analytical techniques with modelling and practical application in a manufacturing context. The assessments are designed to encourage independent work, to make you inquisitive about the topics and to encourage your personal development as a research student. Your second year units build on the personal development aspects, including a unit on strategic business management. Sustainability is included to encourage a holistic examination of the impact of the industry and future strategies for adopting composite materials in a framework of NetZero. In your second or third year, you will choose a topic specifically aligned to your research. The final activity is focused on personal development and is a secondment to another sector related to your research to offers an opportunity to reflect on your research experience and its wider ranging impact on society.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our EngD in Composites Manufacture.

Entry requirements

A first-class honours degree or upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in engineering, physical science or applied mathematics.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

See the faculty website for more information about faculty research groups.


EngD graduates will be ready to apply for chartered status with an appropriate learned institution and are expected to take up leadership positions within the composites manufacturing industry.

Staff profiles

Dr Giuliano Allegri, (Reader in Composite Structures), aeroelastic design; composite materials/structures; probabilistic aspects of material fatigue

Professor Janice Barton, (Professor of Experimental Mechanics), Full-field imaging techniques for strain measurement, assessment and performance of lightweight and composite structures, assessment of joints, development of imaging approaches for structural integrity assessment, large composite structures, defect identification, classification and analysis

Dr Byung Chul Kim, (Lecturer in Composites Design, Processing and Manufacture), adhesion science; automated manufacturing; axiomatic design; composite product and manufacturing process design.

Dr Giuseppe Dell'Anno, (Chief Engineer, National Composites Centre)

Dr Andreas Endruweit, (Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering (Nottingham)), experimental characterisation and modelling of processing characteristics of textile reinforcements and simulation of manufacturing processes for polymer composites

Dr Ian Farrow, (Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Structural Design), aerospace ; design ; structures

Professor Stephen Hallett, (Professor in Composite Structures), 3D woven and textile composites; manufacturing processes to capture deformations and defects; numerical modelling of composites; prediction of mechanical properties.

Professor Ian Hamerton, (Professor of Polymers and Composites), developing polymeric materials with improved performance suitable for use in demanding environments and technologically relevant applications

Dr Dmitry Ivanov, (Lecturer in Composites Manufacturing), Innovative approaches to composites manufacture and modelling.

Dr James Kratz, (Lecturer in Materials Engineering), air entrapment and voids in prepreg processes; honeycomb fabrication; local through-thickness reinforcement by tufting; out-of-autoclave manufacturing; resin flow and cure

Dr Antonio Melro, (Senior Research Associate in Analysis of Reinforced Composites), design Tools; numerical modelling; through-thickness reinforcement of composite structures.

Professor Prasad Potluri, (Professor of Robotics and Textile Composites (Manchester)), 3D textile preforming; developing novel and bespoke preforming machines; modelling textile structures; technical textiles.

Dr Alex Skordos, (Senior Lecturer in Composites Modelling (Cranfield)), Cure kinetics of thermosets; processing of polymer nanocomposites; real-time cure monitoring; simulation and optimisation of composites processing.

Professor Ole Thomsen, (NCC Chair in Composites Design and Manufacture), Analysis/modelling, design, experimental characterisation and validation, and manufacturing of lightweight composite materials and structures.

Professor Nick Warrior, (Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Nottingham)), Design and manufacturing of directed fibre and high-performance polymer composites for automotive applications.

Professor Michael Wisnom, (Professor of Aerospace Structures), Mechanics and failure of fibre-reinforced composites; residual stresses and distortion during manufacturing; understanding of controlling factors and models to predict response

Application deadline

Not fixed

Please contact the Industrial Doctorate Centre directly before making an application online.

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Get in touch

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Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture
University of Bristol
Faculty of Engineering
Queen's Building
University Walk
Bristol BS8 1TR
School website: Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture
Department website: Department of Aerospace Engineering

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