About Us

The expertise of the CDT staff and the extensive facilities available across all our partner sites support a wide range of exciting research challenges available to CDT students for their doctoral project.



The Advanced Metallic Systems CDT was established in 2009 with a £6.3 million investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and a further £3.2 million awarded in 2014.

In this period (2009-2018) the Centre was hosted jointly by the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester, building on their international reputation in metallic materials science and engineering research.

In 2019, a further £5.4 million was awarded by the EPSRC in combination with a €4 million award from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to support I-Form, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, joining the partnership. 

Advanced Metallic Systems CDT aims to

  • provide a stimulating multidisciplinary training experience
  • teach topical courses that balance cutting edge technologies with fundamental principles and core concepts
  • develop professional transferable skills in leadership, business and research management
  • foster innovative, internationally leading research
  • work in partnership with industry to provide industrial experience and maintain relevance

Skills gap

In recent years a thriving high-value metal manufacturing sector has emerged in the UK and Ireland, eg the metals sector in the UK employs ~230,000 people directly and 750,000 contributing over £17 billion to the UK economy.

Novel metallic materials and engineering solutions are essential to the success of a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, defence and renewable energy.

However, the growing shortage of high-quality graduates with expertise in metallic materials is a real problem for industry in the UK and Ireland and worldwide in general.

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The Advanced Metallics CDT aims to address this shortfall by providing an exciting new approach to postgraduate research and training in this area.

High-calibre students from a range of physical science and engineering backgrounds undertake a four year course comprising a first year of taught courses in core materials topics leading into a full PhD or EngD research project. All doctoral projects will be supported by industrial sponsorship and supervision.

The technical programme is supplemented by a transferable skills training programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Skills.

Up to fourteen UK fully funded studentships covering fees and a stipend of at least £16,000 per year for 4 years are available annually for eligible students, and up to 5 IE fully funded studentships covering fees and a stipend of €18,500 per annum for four years are available annually.

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EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems

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