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. As the world looks to renewable replacements for fossil fuels, energy from offshore wind is key in our move to a zero carbon future.
The UK has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and clean energy produced by offshore wind is central to achieving this ambition. 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/International students who satisfy EPSRC eligibility rules.
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 2021 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 applicants due to Tier 4 rules).
For these 'core' scholarships with the Aura CDT, you develop your research proposal during your first year of study. All research falls under one of six key research themes, which have been developed in partnership with industry. For 2021 entry, we are seeking applicants with a particular interest in four of these themes:
- Big data, sensors and digitalisation for the offshore environment
- Next generation materials and manufacturing
- Offshore wind energy integration: challenges and impacts
- Physics and Engineering of the offshore environment
In addition, we offer one Industry Partner Scholarship available with LaVision
Further information about these research themes may be found on the Aura CDT website.
Find out more
Watch this short video to find out more about funded PhD scholarships at the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training.
Or click here to watch a recording of our recent free webinar about funded postgraduate research at the Aura CDT. You'll hear from programme leaders, supervisors, and students and listen to queries from other applicants in the Q&A.
The Aura CDT has developed six Research Themes in collaboration with our industry partners, which form six pathways to research. To apply for an Aura CDT PhD Scholarship, please select the theme that best fits with your own research interests (and ensure you choose the appropriate link for full-time or part-time study):
For further advice on making an application, please see the Aura CDT website.