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Aura Centre for Doctoral Training

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

Work with industry, drive innovation,
develop a sustainable future

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community.

Our Core Scholarships comprise funding for first-year PG-Dip training, during which students develop their research proposal. Followed by three years full time PhD research at one of the partner institutions. We also work closely with key offshore wind sector organisations to develop funded Industry Partner Scholarships. Students on this pathway take their PG-Dip year with the rest of the cohort before embarking on a 3-year PhD at a specified institution, supported by their Industry sponsor.

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Applications are currently open to Home students for six specific PhD Research Projects, where the successful applicants will complete their research at Durham University, following a PG-Dip year at the University of Hull. Closing date 6 June 2022. For more information, see the individual project links:

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

Innovative Decommissioning for Offshore Foundation Systems

Optimisation of the Internal Structure of Wind Turbine Blades

Submarine Landslide Dynamics and Impact on Offshore Wind Infrastructure

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

Recruitment to our Core Scholarships is currently closed. We reopen recruitment in Autumn 2022 for Cohort 5 students  beginning their study in September 2023. Please browse the site to find out about our Research Themes and How to Apply.

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