20 Competitive Scholarships available for Industry Led Engineering PhD’s

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre

Competitive scholarships available. Full funding for Home and EU students and partial for international students.

National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. NSIRC unites academia and industry, working closely with leading UK and international universities, as well as founder sponsors BP and the Lloyd's Register Foundation . The collaborating partners provide academic excellence to address the need for fundamental research, as well as high-quality, industry-relevant training for the next generation of engineers.

Providing a direct path from academia to industry is one of the key attributes that NSIRC seeks to provide. Through the structure of the postgraduate courses on offer, the organisation is able to create an environment that provides important academic learning, as well as crucial training for industry, with students working on live projects and within their chosen fields. The impact of this means that when a student finishes their academic course and moves into a business, the training needed to adapt the student to a working, industry environment is already complete, allowing them to be effective within their new position from day one.

NSIRC advances fundamental research to support the following objectives:

  • Safe operation of products and structures
  • Development of innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules
  • Engineering solutions for long-term asset management

To achieve these objectives, NSIRC is pursuing advancements in areas including: risk-based management, engineering critical assessment, non-destructive testing, structural health and condition monitoring, and health management for use in industrial applications.

Studying with NSIRC

NSIRC is based on Granta Park in Great Abington, Cambridge. Students are based in Cambridge for the majority of the programme. A number of fully-funded PhD scholarships are available for UK and EU students, and partial scholarships for International students with a strong interest in fundamental and applied research.


PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) – Autonomous defect classification for ultrasonic non-destructive testing in advanced manufacturing processes

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) – Development of high temperature and underwater sensor for permanent magnet corrosion monitor system

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) – Development of cost effective permanently installed corrosion monitor system using permanent magnet

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) – Development of Pulsed Eddy Current System for Corrosion Under Insulation

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) – A Multiphysics predictive modelling framework for mitigating residual stresses and distortions in polymer composites

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) – Mechanistic Basis for Defect Acceptance Criteria in Additively Manufactured Inconel 718

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) - Structural Longevity for advanced marine vehicles in extreme environments

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyd's Register Foundation) - Critical defect size in additive manufactured metallic components – development of structural integrity assessment methods through...

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) – Development of Self-healing Coating Systems for Mitigating Corrosion of Offshore Wind Turbines

PhD Studentship - The Potential of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and Friction Stir Channelling (FSCh) in the Design and Manufacture of Two-Phase Heat Exchangers

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by TWI Core Research Programme) – Advanced electron beam gun design for high integrity processing

PhD Studentship – (Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation) Secondary Factors Affecting High Temperature Hydrogen Attack

PhD Studentship - Ultrasonic Inspection of Austenitic Welds

PhD Studentship - Chemistry-based Modelling of CO2 Corrosion in High Pressure High Temperature

PhD Studentship – Reduction of Hexavalent Chromium in welding fume

PhD Studentship – Analysis and Quantitative Evaluation of Functionalised Nanoscale Silica

PhD Studentship- Advanced shearography system for wind turbine blade inspection

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To apply for these studentships, please send your CV and cover letter to enquiries@nsirc.co.uk. Advertising will remain live until the role has been filled and applicant assessment ongoing, therefore early application in encouraged.