Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT) will create future leaders in metal processing and fill the industry’s gap in well-trained metals engineers.

It brings together world-class metals research teams from the universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham along with 14 industrial and international partners including GE Power, Doncasters Group, Rolls-Royce, Science and Technology Facilities Council (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory), Tata Steel, and TWI.

Programme overview

The Centre offers up to 16 fully-funded PhD studentships, each providing a four-year integrated training programme. In the first year, you will study a range of Masters level training modules and gain work experience with an industrial partner. In the next three years, you will carry out research for a PhD on a specific topic. 

Throughout the studentship there will a series of student-led events, including a mini-symposia, workshops and summer schools to help you develop the skills, expertise and networks required for a fulfilling career.


Enhanced EPSRC studentships covering fees, travel expenses, and a minimum stipend for 2016/17 of £14,296 plus an industry top-up of up to £4,000 per annum for four years for UK students

Funding is also available to a limited number of exceptional international students.

Entry requirements

At least an upper-second-class honours degree, from across all engineering and science subjects.

How to apply

Applicants will need to apply via the IMPaCT website.


This information has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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