New PhD course to tackle challenges in Energy and Aerospace sectors

A new postgraduate course has been developed by the University's EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT) which will train future leaders to tackle challenges in the Aerospace and Energy sectors head-on.

The new programme aims to provide students from different disciplines with knowledge of a range of metal processing technologies and develop their expertise in solving problems in the industry.

The four years of training in the Centre will have a broad coverage of metal processing topics, such as single crystal casting, dissimilar welding, net-shape forming, surface engineering and nanomaterial synthesis.

The Centre, which is directed by Professor Hongbiao Dong (pictured) from the Department of Engineering and brings together world-class metals research teams from the universities of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham, is part of a £350 million initiative to train over 3,500 postgraduate students in engineering and physical sciences, announced by the UK Universities and Science Minister in November 2013.

There are 16 fully funded PhD positions available annually. The Centre has secured funding to cover University fees, research costs, standard EPSRC PhD stipend plus top-ups from industrial partners.

To find out more about IMPaCT and apply for the training course please visit the website.