Engineering Doctorate in Nondestructive Evaluation

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) promises young engineers some exciting opportunities for collaborative industry-university research. The Centre is sponsored by EPSRC and has students registered at Imperial College London, Strathclyde, Bristol, Nottingham and Warwick Universities.

This Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) is part of the Research Centre in NDE and is administered from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London. The four-year doctorate combines advanced knowledge and professional development training modules with company-based research. The research may comprise a single project or a series of linked projects relating to advanced NDE technology. Projects are co-ordinated by the Centre, but supervised by any of the partner universities listed above.

Industrial partners in the EngD include large companies such as Airbus, NNL, BAE Systems, BP, EDF, E-ON, GKN, Network Rail, RWE npower, Rolls-Royce, Serco, Shell, QinetiQ, Doosan Babcock and Renishaw. There are also a similar number of smaller companies involved. Successful candidates work closely with their chosen sponsor, normally carrying out the majority of their project work at that company.

REs at 2013 EngD Conference
EngD Conference in London 2009
RE presenting at 2009 EngD Conference

The EngD degree is aimed at both new graduates and those who have already worked in industry. Projects are available in the many areas of advanced NDE research pursued by the participating industrial companies. Research Engineers (REs), as the students are known, should normally have a good honours degree (first or upper second) in engineering or physical science.

Research Engineers (REs) who are not already company employees receive a tax-free stipend that is substantially greater than that awarded for a PhD. Please note that candidates must satisfy UK residency requirements to access full funding from EPSRC.

RCNDE has now staretd recruiting for the 2014 academic year. Please follow the link to our vacancies page for more information. If you are interested in details about the Centre and the application process, please contact the Administrator, Nina Hancock, by phone on +44 (0) 20 7594 7068 or by email at . Alternatively contact the Director, Professor Chris Scruby by email at .

If you have questions, then why not look at our FAQ page. Otherwise, general information about Engineering Doctorates can be found on the EPSRC web site and on the web site for the Association of Engineering Doctorates, to which we belong.

Radiography training course 2013
2011 cohort visiting power station