FIND-CDT – Where research and industry meet

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovations in Non Destructive Evaluation (FIND-CDT) is a select consortium of 6 universities integrating research with industries:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Manchester
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Strathclyde

The Centre provides exciting opportunities for collaborative industry-university research in advanced sensor and imaging technology, and is designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career.

Both PhD and EngD studies are offered, and the courses combine advanced knowledge and professional development training modules with industrially relevant research. PhD projects tend to be more fundamental research while EngD projects tend to be more applied. Applications are now open for a range of 4-year Engineering Doctorates, of equivalent academic standing to a PhD. During the 4 years of either a PhD or EngD, each student completes a range of cohort-based advanced technical courses and courses on innovation and entrepreneurship, all delivered by world leading experts. Students present their research at national and international conferences and at regular events to audiences from across industry. Networking workshops provide opportunities for collaboration across disciplines, reflecting the wide range of scientific skills needed within this area.

With close links to the related UK Research Centre in NDE (RCNDE), students are part of a vibrant community of more than 200 researchers and have access to a range of technical training courses delivered by world leading experts.

The new Centre builds on the previous CDT in Quantitative NDE, whose cutting edge research has resulted in the successful creation of new companies, including Inductosense and Guided Ultrasonics. FIND-CDT has been actively co-created by a consortium of 49 companies including SMEs and industry sector leaders such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, EDF, BAE Systems and Shell. 38 out of 40 of the previous cohort of doctoral graduates now work in industry, nearly all NDE related, and several in already in senior roles. See where the previous CDT has taken some of our students on Student Journeys.

Most PhD/EngD programmes will start with a completely taught first year. With FIND-CDT, you will be immersed in industry from day one, making it unique in its approach and preparing you for your career immediately. Please see the programme structure for details of how each year is spent.