Manufacturing Engineering Industrial doctorate centres (IDCs)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded centres for doctoral training provide a supportive and exciting environment for students. Industrial Doctorate is an alternative to the traditional PhD for students who want a career in industry. A four-year programme combines PhD-level research projects with taught courses, and students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company.

In 2011, EPSRC funded five under a call in Manufacturing Engineering. Each centre will support up to 100 doctorate students over four years and are based in university departments with a strong track record of working in partnership with industry. Over 50% of the funding for each centre will come from industrial partners with EPSRC providing £1.25 million per centre. The companies involved in these centres include JLR, Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, Timet, Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and a wide range of other partners.

The five centres are:

Manufacturing Technology Engineering Doctorate Centre (MTEDC) - Nottingham, Birmingham and Loughborough Universities

Based around the world-class research facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), this four-year programme combines intensive technical and interdisciplinary modules with an industry-based doctoral research project provided by our partners Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Aero Engine Controls. Research themes include Advanced Tooling and Fixturing, Net Shape Manufacturing and Intelligent Automation.

Industrial Doctorate Centre in Advanced Forming and Manufacture – University of Strathclyde

The programme will provide EngD students with the opportunity to make a significant impact on the UK forming and forging industry and the UK manufacturing industry as a whole. This will be achieved predominantly through access to knowledge and expertise within the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), and its connections with leading global manufacturers. The major programme themes include; Forging Technology, Advanced Materials, Automation, Process Improvement, Micro-system Manufacture, Information Management, Operations Management and Process Design.

Industrial Doctorate Centre in Machining Science- University of Sheffield

The IDC focuses on the development of skills and expertise in machining science. In recent years significant developments have taken place in engineering science that can produce a step-change in machining performance. The IDC is a collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering, the AMRC with Boeing and the Nuclear AMRC and applies high level engineering science to the solution of industrially relevant machining problems.

Engineering Doctoral Centre in High Value, Low Environmental Impact Manufacturing – University of Warwick

This International Doctorate Centre will deliver a revolutionary new doctorate for the 21st century. It will address industrially challenging issues that will enable companies to develop and implement innovative and world leading sustainable research solutions. It is a four year programme that combines industry relevant research, taught courses, international visits, entrepreneurial flair and networking.

MATTER: Manufacturing Advances Through Training Engineering Researchers – Swansea University

MATTER is a new initiative at Swansea specifically targeted at high technology advanced manufacturing. MATTER will focus on the themes of Aerospace, Automotive and Packaging and will concentrate on increasing the intellectual and added value of the products and processes through innovation, decreasing the commodity element of much of the UK sector. A key area of focus for MATTER will be improving processes to minimise waste and to improve quality within these industries.