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.

Programme structure

The taught component comprises nine units to provide an intellectually stimulating and inspiring educational framework that encourages innovation. In 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 aninterdisciplinary 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.

Year 2 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 Year 2 or Year 3 you 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

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum a 2:1 MEng or merit at Masters level or equivalent in engineering, physics or chemistry. Applicants without a master’s qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

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

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level E.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£4,665 per year
Overseas: full-time
£25,300 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

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 2023/24

Students are supported financially by a stipend including a company top-up (approx £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 and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

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.

Meet our supervisors

The following list shows potential supervisors for this programme. Visit their profiles for details of their research and expertise.


Research groups

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