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We hope our FAQs section below covers any questions you may have about doing an industry-led PhD at TWI, but if you have any other questions please contact us.

What are ‘industry led’ PhD’s?

TWI has partnered with top universities worldwide and key industry sponsors to deliver high quality teaching and industrial experience to graduates keen to explore research opportunities on collaborative and R&D projects as well as projects undertaken on behalf of international industrial clients. NSIRC students will spend the majority of their PhD at TWI in order to gain a unique insight into this industry giving them the practical skills they need to develop their careers.  

Who can apply?

NSIRC welcomes all applications; however each partnering university may  have their own specific entry requirements.

What funding is available?

The PhD scholarships provide UK and EU candidates with a enhanced competitive stipend lasting three years and their university postgraduate tuition fees paid in full. International students are entitled to the scholarship with funding up to £24,000 per annum. As international postgraduate tuition fees are considerably higher it is expected that international students will be able to additionally fund some of their studies themselves.

What kind of projects are on offer?

NSIRC offers three year fully funded PhD's in the areas of numerical modelling, advanced non-destructive testing methods, fracture mechanics, risk based inspection, quality assurance, reliability engineering and risk management. Please have a look at all our PhD research vacancies that are on offer.

When can I apply?

We recruit throughout the year for our PhD’s and therefore do not set any deadlines for applications. We are subject, however to university intake dates which can be at set points during the year. These can vary depending upon the institution.

I do not have any experience working in this industry before. Does that matter?

Experience working in the industry is not essential but awareness and interest in TWI and the structural integrity industry would be advantageous along with a relevant academic background. We also encourage applications from candidates who have strong industry experience who have not come directly from academia.

What are the language requirements?

Our partnering universities usually require an English language qualification such as IELTS from students who do not speak English as their first language. Universities will specify which providers they will accept so it is worth checking when you apply.

What documents do I need to submit in my application?

Applications should be customised for each topic applied for, including a detailed CV and cover letter along with relevant academic transcripts. English language assessment results will also need to be submitted if applicable. 

Who can I contact to find out more information?

You are welcome to contact us with queries about the PhD program and how it might best suit your background and career aspirations. Please email all enquiries to enquiries@nsirc.co.uk.