Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

Fully-funded PhD scholarships
in offshore wind energy and the environment.

Develop a sustainable future, work with industry,
drive innovation.

We need the world’s brightest minds to join us in developing cutting-edge research as we seek solutions to the environmental and engineering challenges facing the offshore wind (OSW) industry.

The UK’s Climate Change Act 2008 aims for an 80% cut in UK carbon emissions by 2050. Clean energy produced by offshore wind is a key player in meeting these ambitious targets for renewable energy.

The UK is already the world leader in offshore wind, with more capacity than any other country, providing over 10% of the UK’s electricity and growing at an unprecedented rate. The new joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal predicts that by 2030, the industry will provide a third of British electricity and triple its workforce. The Sector Deal will see industry invest £250 million, including a new Offshore Wind Growth Partnership, driving global exports which are set to increase fivefold to £2.6 billion by 2030.

The EPSRC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment is led by the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull, with partners Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities. Working closely with over 20 industry partners, the Aura CDT invites high-quality applications for four-year doctoral scholarships. These are fully-funded PhD opportunities to attract exceptional graduates to this pioneering industry.

The Aura CDT is an enabler for innovation in the offshore wind sector, unique in its cross-disciplinary engagement of engineering and environmental scientists, industry and policy makers. The centre will provide the opportunity to develop and integrate practical examples in taught courses across the first year with industry-led and challenge-led projects, followed by three years of focused doctoral research.

Your research could make a real impact to the exciting challenges in the offshore wind industry. You will initially study in Hull, in the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary, and the global centre for research, innovation and development for the sector. In subsequent years, candidates may be based at one of the partner universities of Hull, Durham, Newcastle or Sheffield and get real sector experience with industry partners mapped to your chosen area of research.

Applications will open in Autumn 2020 for Cohort 3, who will begin studying in September 2021. There will then be two further cohorts at the Aura CDT. Please check back on the website for information about recruitment or email

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