NERC/EPSRC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment


Funded PG Dip and PhD


4 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Monday 16 March 2020

About this project

We need the world’s brightest minds to join us in developing solutions to the environmental and engineering challenges the offshore wind industry is facing. The UK's Climate Change Act 2008 aims for an 80% cut in UK carbon emissions by 2050 – clean energy produced by offshore wind is a key player in UK renewable energy. Already providing over 10% of the UK’s electricity and growing at an unprecedented rate, by 2030 it is expected to provide over 30% of the UK’s energy needs. 

The Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind and the Environment is led by the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull with partners Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities who work closely with over 20 Industry partners. The Aura CDT invites high-quality applications from exceptional graduates for 4-year taught and research PhDs. Up to 20 scholarships are available for Home/EU students who satisfy EPSRC eligibility rules; international applicants must be completely self-funded.

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community. With a strong research base, the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull has made tremendous contributions to tackle global issues encompassing environmental resilience and energy sustainability. With our academic and industry partners, the Aura CDT forms a community of outstanding researchers combined with excellent facilities across a wide range of disciplines, providing a stimulating and enriching environment for the training of doctoral researchers.

The posts are available from September 2020 as a full-time position of 36.5 hours per week for 1 year taught Postgraduate Diploma degree. You will initially study in Hull, in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary, the global centre for research, innovation and development for the sector. This will be followed by a 3 year PhD with one of the academic institutions, aligned with the Aura industry partners or based at the new £12 million flagship Aura Innovation Centre where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities and research support across the partner academic institutions. The partners are committed to best practice in equality, diversity and inclusion; applications are welcome from part-time candidates (part-time applications only accepted from UK/EU applicants due to Tier 4 rules).

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The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help. 

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The Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the college is here to help you achieve your potential. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain the slavery.

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Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£15,009 per annum, 2019/20 rate) for four years, depending on satisfactory progress. i.e. cut reference to Hull scholarships for International students.

Entry requirements

If you have received a first class honours degree or a 2:1 honours degree and a Masters (or the international equivalents) in any of the following, or associated subjects, we would like to hear from you.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science        
  • Earth science
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

If your first language is not English, or you require Tier4 student visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level that meets the requirements of the Aura CDT’s academic partners. This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each skill.

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