Non-destructive Evaluation EngD (Engineering Doctorate)

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Qualification
EngD Non-destructive Evaluation
Duration
Usually completed over a period of 4 years
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
School/department
Faculty of Engineering
EngD
Other requirements
None

 

Overview

The Research Centre in Nondestructive Evaluation (RCNDE) is an EPSRC-sponsored collaboration between industry and academia to coordinate research into Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technologies, and to ensure research topics are relevant to the medium to longer-term needs of industry.

The centre is sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is a collaborative venture involving, Bath, Bristol, Imperial College London, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Warwick universities as well as a range of industrial partners.

Industrial partners in the ENGd include large companies such as Airbus; NNL; BAE Systems; BP; EDF, E-ON, Network Rail; RWE; Npower; Rolls-Royce; Serco; Shell; QinetiQ; and Renishaw. There are also a similar number of smaller companies involved. Successful candidates work closely with their chosen sponsor, normally carrying out the majority of project work at that company.

Non-Destructive evaluation (NDE) technologies are crucial to achieving greater integrity and safety performance across all aspects of engineering and is fast becoming a fully integrated part of the engineering life cycle.

Research encompass a broad range of technical disciplines, and additional academic collaborations ensure gaps in technology and expertise are filled. Industrial membership is open to all organisations, and is primarily intended for industries in which NDE plays an important role for:

  • ensuring the safety of structures, machinery and infrastructure 
  • minimising environmental risks and impacts of process plant and operations 
  • enhancing the reliability of components, equipment, systems and products 
The EngD is aimed at both new graduates and those who have already worked in industry. The four year doctorate programme combines advanced knowledge and professional development training modules with company-based research. The research may comprise of a single project or a series of linked projects relating to advanced NDE technology.

This course requires a 2.1 or international equivalent and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element).

Please apply via the Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) before enrolling at Nottingham: www.rcnde.ac.uk/home-cdt

 

Facilities

As well as full use of laboratory, computing and office facilities in both their industry base and university, students have supervisors to support them in their work throughout the four year programme.  

The consortium offers a wide range of techniques and expertise, including ultrasonic bulk and guided waves, thermographic, electromagnetic, advanced optical and non-contact methods. These are supported by highly developed capabilities in transduction and sensor technology, physical measurement, theoretical modelling, materials science, mechanical engineering, structural integrity, signal processing, data analysis and visualisation, and the design of automated systems.

Students registered at Nottingham will have access to the facilities in the Faculty of Engineering.

 

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.
 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

Engineering supervisors, including their research interests and contact details, can be found on our find a PhD supervisor page.

Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

 

Fees and funding

Studentships are offered on a competitive basis, cover full fees and include an annual stipend of up to £18,500. The centre also provides travel funds to support those presenting their work at high-level conferences.

Tuition fees

  • Please visit our tuition fees section and select 'postgraduate research tuition fees' under 'New postgraduate students' for full tuition fees information.

General funding information and advice

  • Details on internal and external funding opportunities for UK, EU and international students, as well as how to apply, and deadlines, can be found on the Faculty of Engineering website.

Government loans for doctoral study

  • The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral Training Programme funding opportunities

Research scholarships

  • Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

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Careers

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research) and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. We are one of the top ten universities targeted by the largest number of top graduate employers in 2018-19 (The Graduate Market in 2019).

The Faculty of Engineering has excellent links with industry. You will have access to the Graduate School's Researcher Development Programme offering training and development. You will receive support from supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, as well as dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Careers and Employability offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

Completing a research degree with us will ensure that you develop transferable skills that will be beneficial in a number of different careers. Graduates within the faculty have gone on to have successful careers as:

  • Researchers
  • Production managers and directors
  • IT and telecommunication professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Science, engineering and production technicians
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Teachers, lecturers and educators 
  • Various other roles in engineering and architecture

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Our graduates have gone on to work for:

  • BAE Systems
  • Bentley
  • GE Aviation
  • Goldmann Sachs
  • E.ON
  • Malvern Instruments
  • Shell Nigeria Exploration Company
  • Unilever Ghana
  • ARC Energy
  • Escola Superior Gallaecia
  • Sokoto Energy Research Centre
  • Thermacore Europ
  • URS

As well as many other employers.

Average starting salary and employment rate

In 2017, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,000 with the highest being £100,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

 
 
 
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This online prospectus 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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