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EPSRC CDT MRes + PhD in Future Propulsion and Power

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Propulsion and Power offers a four-year PhD course in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford and Loughborough; at the end of the first year, successful students are awarded an MRes degree in Future Propulsion and Power before proceeding to the doctoral programme.

The course benefits from the team of universities (Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Loughborough) and companies (Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens, Dyson) that are collaborating to deliver the CDT. This team enables the course to provide students with an advanced course in the aero-thermal engineering of propulsion and power devices, particularly the gas turbine (compressors, combustors, and turbines), as well as the skills (experimental, computational, and transferable) required to become an expert practitioner and future leader in the field.

The programme aims to:

  • produce research and design leaders of the future, in academia and industry, in the field of future propulsion and power systems;
  • provide comprehensive research preparation training;
  • equip students with a specialised technical understanding of the aerodynamics of each of the three major gas turbine components (compressor, combustor and turbine) and knowledge of the experimental and computational tools used in their design;
  • introduce students to the utility of data science in the design and analysis of propulsion and power devices;
  • expose students to the compromises and trade-offs that are inherent in the design of a real machine, including the limitations imposed by mechanical constraints, the interactions between components when they are integrated together to form the complete product, and the challenges of system-level optimisation;
  • foster the development of non-technical research skills such as leadership, personal effectiveness, report writing, oral communication and presentations; and
  • expose students to different research groups and industry environments.

Application deadline

16 May 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 33,972per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Cambridge

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  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 33

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    227 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    96.0 96%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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