About Us

The expertise of the CDT staff and the extensive facilities available across the two sites mean that there is a wide range of exciting research challenges available to CDT students for their doctoral project.

The Advanced Metallic Systems CDT was established in 2009 with a £6.3M investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with a further £3.2M awarded in 2014. The Centre is hosted jointly by the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester and builds on their international reputation in metallic materials science and engineering research.

  • To provide a stimulating multidisciplinary training experience
  • To teach topical courses that balance cutting edge technologies with fundamental principles and core concepts
  • To develop professional transferable skills in leadership, business and research management
  • To foster innovative, internationally leading research
  • To work in partnership with industry to provide industrial experience and maintain relevance

To develop professional transferable skills in leadership, business and research management

Skills Gap

In recent years a thriving high value metal manufacturing sector has emerged in the UK, employing over 400,000 people and contributing over £17 billion to the UK economy. Novel metallic materials and engineering solutions are essential to the success of a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, defence and renewable energy. However the growing shortage of high-quality graduates with expertise in metallic materials is a real problem for industry in the UK and worldwide.

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Advanced Metallic Systems CDT Approach

The Advanced Metallics CDT aims to address this shortfall by providing an exciting new approach to postgraduate research and training in this area. High-calibre students from a range of physical science and engineering backgrounds undertake a four year course comprising a first year of taught courses in core materials topics leading into a full PhD or EngD research project. All doctoral projects will be supported by industrial sponsorship and supervision. The technical programme is supplemented by a transferable skills training programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Skills.

Up to 14 fully funded studentships covering fees and a stipend of at least £16,000 per year for 4 years are available annually for eligible students.