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EPSRC CDT for Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures


EPSRC CDT for Wind and Marine Energy Systems
and Structures

Who are we?

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMSS-CDT) joins together two successful EPSRC CDTs (Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Renewable Energy Marine Structures), their industrial partners and strong track records of training more than 130 researchers to date in offshore renewable energy (ORE).
WAMSS-CDT is comprehensive, world-leading centre covering all aspects of wind and marine renewable energy, both above and below the water, aiming to produce highly skilled industry-ready engineers with multidisciplinary expertise, deep specialist knowledge and a broad understanding of pertinent whole-energy systems.
Our graduates will be future leaders in industry and academia world-wide, driving development of the ORE sector, helping to deliver the Government's carbon reduction targets for 2050 and ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of this vitally important sector.
CDT-WAMSS will make an important contribution to meeting the sector’s skills demand by delivering 70 PhD, DPhil or EngD qualified future engineering leaders, complete with application specific training, professional engineering skills and experience to support safe, cost competitive and high performance renewable energy at scale for the coming decades.

Three Institutions, one vision

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This centre offers the UK’s only comprehensive doctoral training programme in Wind & Marine Energy Systems & Structures (CDT-WAMSS), bringing together the leading UK research groups in Wind Energy and Offshore Structures at Strathclyde, Marine Energy at the University of Edinburgh and Offshore Structures at the University of Oxford.

A student registering for an EngD spends four years attending a structured programme of taught modules and will complete a PhD-level thesis or portfolio of work. The industry-based students could be existing staff or the EngD could form part of a graduate training programme for new recruits with a view to them becoming leading specialists in the area of Wind & Marine Energy Systems & Structures by the time they graduate. Industry-based students will spend 75% of their time working in their companies but will attend intensive training periods at the universities for taught modules, group project working and other activities.


The PhD students will pursue research primarily in a university with strong industry and academic relevance. Research Projects will usually be supervised by at least one academic based at one of the three universities with potential for an industry mentor/supervisor based on the focus of the research.

Our Industrial Partners

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A focus on professional training

The core of the CDT is a research project work supported by formal education and training, but there is also a strong emphasis on the development of a team-based ethos combined with professional and personal development and strong links to industry. The Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute for Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) have accredited the CDT to provide a professional development programme leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. This was the first doctoral training programme to be given such accreditation and gives students the opportunity to work towards Chartered Engineer status. Students use their research, industrial-facing and outreach activities in the CDT to count towards their application. This is coordinated through the Professional Engineers Training Scheme (PETS). 

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Applicant Information

The WAMSS CDT is currently advertising for studentships in both tracks of the CDT

Find out more about Track A and Track B

Track A students enter the CDT without a project title. They complete the entire 4 years of CDT at the university of Strathclyde, with the first 12 months dedicated to the academic programme and the following 3 years spend completing doctorial research. Track A students have the opportunity to choose their thesis title at the end of the first 12 month period. 

Contact Drew Smith for Track A applicants

Track B students enter the CDT with a project title already agreed. They then complete the first 6 month of the CDT at the university of Strathclyde, completing the core modules of the academic training programme. Following this the rest of the 4 years are spent at their parent institution with  the rest of the training programme spread over this time.

Contact Drew Smith for Track B positions

Benefits of the program


  • Academic guidance from world class universities

  • Membership of a cohort of high-caliber engineers trained to EngD, DPhil and PhD level

  • Networking opportunity with industry at annual CDT Conference and within the CDT

  • Industrially relevant research topics Access to world-leading industrial scale research facilities

  • Integrating PhD Research with advanced skills training programme

  • Intensive induction term with core modules

  • Specialist technical modules and transferable skills and engineering leadership courses



  • Research focused on key technical issues for real projects

  • Academic guidance from world class universities

  • Driven delivery in a controlled budget

  • Personal development of the sponsored student

  • Internal staff development through wider knowledge sharing

  • Technical innovation to enable enhanced margin

  • Strengthened academic links with benefits via consultancy activities

Market Visibility

  • Opportunity to be known as an industry partner in the CDT

  • Network opportunity at annual CDT Conference

  • Sponsored research may lead to new contracts and work

  • Increase in publication profile, with possible impact on IP commercialisation

  • Network opportunities for the candidate in the CDT, at the Universities and at conferences

Staff Recruitment & Retention

  • Could assist in attracting the high caliber graduates to the company

  • Aids staff retention

  • Training modules available to other staff at cost

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