Nuclear Engineering Doctorate – Call for Proposals

  A consortium of UK universities, led by the University of Manchester in partnership with Imperial College London, and supported by the universities of Birmingham, Lancaster, Leeds, Sheffield, Strathclyde and Surrey, is offering a fully funded Nuclear Engineering Doctorate (EngD). Proposals are invited from companies active within the UK nuclear sector for Engineering Doctorate projects.

This call for proposals is aimed at prospective industrial partners to help establish industrially-based research programmes in collaboration with one of the participating universities. Through this collaboration, the Nuclear EngD Programme will develop outstanding young nuclear engineers with intensive, broadly based training so that they are equipped to take up senior roles within the nuclear industry. In addition to obtaining a high quality qualification, Research Engineers will gain experience of working up to 75% of their time within an industrial research and development environment.

This four year programme involves the Research Engineer being based within an industrial company in the UK. The Research Engineer receives a standard EPSRC doctoral stipend enhanced by a contribution from the sponsoring company. Additional information regarding the Engineering Doctorate Programme, Research Engineer professional development and academic input to a proposal, and a Project Application Form are available at

Closing Date: 31 December 2010

The four year Nuclear EngD programme comprises:

  • A doctoral level research project undertaken substantially within industry
  • A Diploma in Enterprise Management taught by the Manchester Enterprise Centre
  • Taught technical modules provided at appropriate universities within the consortium
  • A professional development programme coordinated by the EngD Centre at The University of Manchester

The technical research themes being offered include:

  • Reactor Technology (including reactor physics, coolant chemistry and fuels)
  • Waste Management (including chemical separation, encapsulation and geological disposal)
  • Decommissioning (including characterisation, decontamination and effluent treatment) ? Materials including (structural integrity, materials ageing and inspection)
  • Socio-economic aspects (including scenario studies, security and societal issues)
  • Safety Systems (including control & instrumentation, human performance and risk management)