How to apply

How to apply

Entry requirements

Applications for our Aura CDT PhD Scholarships are open until 4 January 2023. Each Research Project has specific entry requirements, but the Aura CDT broadly recruits applicants who have received or expect to receive either 1) a first class honours degree* or 2) a 2:1 honours degree and a Masters* (*or the international equivalents) in any of the following, or associated subjects:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Earth science
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
If your first language is not English, or you require a Student Visa to study, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency level that meets the requirements of the Aura CDT’s academic partners. This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in each skill.

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How to Apply

  • complete transcripts (and final degree certificate(s) where possible). If your qualification documents are not in English, you will need to supply copies of your original language documents as well as their official translation into English.
  • A completed Supplementary Application Form (please upload when asked to add Personal Statement).

Guidance on completing your Supplementary Application Form: The Aura Centre for Doctoral Training is committed to generating a diverse and inclusive training programme. As part of our inclusive practices, the Centre adopts a process of assessing applications purely based on skills and attributes and does not consider any personal details. As such we ask applicants to remove any personal details from the Supplementary Form which is used by the Panel to assess and select applicants for interview. The form asks for details of your education, training and employment history as well as some specific questions about your motivations and research experience and interests. It is very important that you do not include any personally identifying information.

Applicants must:

Remove all personal references in their application. Specifically, do not include the following details: Names, age, country, sex, gender, religion, disability, race, sexual orientation

Complete all sections of the form in font and size Calibri 11pt

Indicate your interest in applying to a maximum of two Research Projects (you may apply for one or two, but no more than two)

Once fully completed, you should upload the form when asked for your Personal Statement, as part of your application through the University of Hull student application portal using the links below. (You will also be asked for your degree transcripts during the application process). Please do not send your form directly to the Aura CDT.


Application links:

Apply for a full-time PhD Scholarship with the Aura CDT.

Apply for a part-time PhD Scholarship with the Aura CDT.


Available Research Projects

Application of novel sensors to assess vessel, porpoise & dolphin activity during development of a floating wind farm off Blyth, UK

Biorenewable honeycomb adsorbents from wind turbine wood waste for high capacity carbon capture

Computer modelling of irregular nonlinear surface waves and their effects on offshore wind turbine structures

Coordinated Active Reliability Improvement for Power Converters in Offshore Wind Farms

Design, analysis and evaluation of robust dampers for controlling wind turbine vibrations throughout their lifecycle

Digital Twins for Life Prediction of Wind Turbine Pitch Bearings 

Economic and Socio-cultural implications of offshore wind on fishing communities

Effect of blade surface contamination on wind turbine energy production

Effects of very large scale offshore wind deployment on physical processes in the North Sea

Experimental and numerical modelling of the interaction between internal solitary waves and offshore wind infrastructure

Human-informed Artificial Intelligence for improved wind turbine health monitoring

Impact of changing estuaries on offshore wind infrastructure:Identifying key environmental drivers

Impact of Offshore Windfarm Development on Marine Benthos: Interaction with Ecosystem Level Stressors

Innovative decommissioning for offshore foundation systems

Integrating offshore wind with Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS) for a Net Zero Humber

Next generation bearings for reliable power transmission in large wind turbines 

Optimisation of the Internal Structure of Wind Turbine Blades

Primary production and carbon export across the Flamborough frontal system: interaction with offshore wind energy (coming soon)

Submarine Landslide Dynamics and Impact on Offshore Wind Infrastructure

The role of biofouling on the performance and survivability of dynamic subsea cables in floating offshore renewables

The Role of Fabric Anisotropy on Cyclic Ratcheting of Offshore Sands Under Generalised Loading Conditions

Wake induced mixing of stratified seas by offshore wind infrastructure

Application deadline 4 January 2023.


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