Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

Programme Overview

The breadth of research activity within our centre means that we are home to a varied and dynamic research culture. Our students are very important to us, and we put them at the heart of our research in order to ensure they gain the most benefit.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified self-funded or sponsored PhD candidates that relate to our current research themes:

Fluid Mechanics of Complex Flows

Tackling fundamental problems in fluid mechanics arising in natural and industrial processes. Our expertise lies in stability theory, turbulence, convection, magnetohydrodynamics, plasmas, particulate and free surface flows, as well as advanced numerical methods.

Engineering Applications of Fluid Mechanics

Specialising in engineering applications of complex systems driven by fluid flow. We combine experiments, theory and numerical simulations, to gain fundamental understanding and establish quantitative models of various phenomena in which fluid dynamics is key, including mass and heat transfer, reactive transport, flow in porous media, turbulent flows, aerodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, combustion, and biomechanics.

Flow Modelling and Process Nowcasting

Tackling major scientific challenges of concurrent flow measurement and modelling. Combining cutting edge measurement with theory, our research allows accurate process control, management and optimisation, providing unrivalled predictive flow capabilities.

Statistical Physics

Interdisciplinary research of complex systems, collaborating worldwide in biophysics, computational physics, cosmology, informatics, sociophysics, transport and narrative networks. We have an international reputation in classical and quantum statistical physics including liquid crystals and polymers.

Doctoral Training Alliance

Our Centre is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Energy, a postgraduate training initiative from University Alliance. As the largest multi-partner and only nationwide initiative of its kind, the DTA builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of Alliance universities.

The DTA offers a fully-funded postgraduate programme in Energy. Doctoral students gain access to excellent research, an expert support network, cohort development training and improved employment opportunities. The training provided as part of the DTA produces independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas.

For details on the formal application process and forms, please see Making an Application on the university’s website.

The Centre offers a range of fully funded and self fundedopportunities each year.

Further Funding

Many charities, foundations and trusts provide funding for postgraduate study, from small grants to full scholarships. Some are for specific subject areas while others have more general eligibility criteria. Find out more about opportunities for further funding.

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