How to apply



The Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) offers opportunities  for Research Engineers (REs) to study for either EngD or PhD degrees.

Depending upon the project, the RE would be registered for the degree at one of the following Universities:

Bristol, Imperial College London, Manchester, Nottingham, Strathclyde, Warwick

Projects typically involve a mix of experiment and theory, so that a good grounding in physics, practical skills and mathematical ability are all essential.

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We have now completed recruitment for the 2018 CDT  intake, however there are some open ICASE EPSRC funded projects linked to the CDT and RCNDE:

Eligibility conditions are similar to those set out below for CDT projects –  please contact us for more information.

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Applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class or a good 2.1 degree or Masters in engineering or physical science. In our experience the best candidates can use their knowledge to solve technical problems, are interested in useful research, are well-organised and are good communicators.

A number of studentships each year are fully funded (fees and stipends) by EPSRC. EPSRC funded courses and are open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course. More specifically the student must:

Some studentships will be funded via other routes which will have different residency requirements and may be available to non UK or EU applicants as well.

Non-UK students meeting the academic requirements are also welcome to apply if they are able to self fund the 4 year programme.

Application Process

Candidates should apply in the first instance to the Administrator, Nina Hancock, by phone on +44 (0) 20 7594 7068 or by email at . Alternatively you may contact Professor Keith Newton by email at Please explain why you are interested in studying with the CDT in Non-destructive Evaluation, give any preferences for area of research, company and location in the UK, and attach a CV with full details of all public exams, including A level grades, and all grades and classes from your degree.

If you meet the entry requirements explained above, and your skills, aptitudes and preferences match those of one of the current projects, you will be contacted either by email or telephone to discuss your application further. Shortlisted applicants are then invited for academic and industrial interviews. At the first interview, your scientific knowledge, understanding, and ability to discuss and solve problems will be explored in depth.