Quantitative Non-destructive Evaluation Centre for Doctoral Training


The Centre for Doctoral Training in Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) offers ten places to students with a background in engineering or physical science, and combines advanced knowledge and professional development training modules with relevant research.

The Centre is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and has students registered at Bristol, Imperial College London, Manchester, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Warwick University.

Programme overview

During the four-year course, students will attend advanced technical and managerial courses, as well as carry out research based at associated companies including Airbus, NNL, BAE Systems, BP, EDF, E-ON, Network Rail, RWE npower, Rolls-Royce, Amec, Shell, QinetiQ, Doosan Babcock and Renishaw.

Benefits of the programme include:

  • company-based research on one of several topics of interest to the company, gaining invaluable practical experience
  • nine months of advanced technical and managerial courses
  • EPSRC-funded students receive a tax-free stipend of £16,053 per year (2017-18 rate)
  • an additional top up in the range of £3,000-7,000 from the sponsoring company


Studentships include an annual tax-free stipend of £16053 (2017-18 rate), paid Home/EU tuition fees and an additional top up ranging from £3,000-7,000 from the sponsoring company.

Eligibility restrictions apply. Please visit the EPSRC website for more details.

Entry requirements

First-class or upper-second-class Honours degree or MSc with Distinction in a related discipline.

How to apply

For a full list of vacancies and details on how to apply please visit the RCNDE website.

Typically, you will be asked to submit a CV and letter of application in the first instance.


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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