Taught Programme

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy Sustainability and Resilience

Taught Programme

We embed our innovative taught programme into your doctoral research scholarship, preparing you for a career in the offshore wind industry.

We ensure our training programme stays relevant to the offshore wind industry, through constant review by our Training Working Group Led by Project Co-Lead Dr Stuart McLelland, and with input from the Stakeholder Advisory Board which includes industry partners as well as Government/Non-Government Organisations working in the offshore wind sector. 

CDT students and Siemens staff in a workshop

The taught element of the training programme is delivered in two phases:

Phase 1: Intensive induction to Offshore Wind

An intensive training programme, delivered at the University of Hull alongside other members of your cohort during months 1-6.

Phase 1 delivers cross-disciplinary subject knowledge. We provide you with the background you need to ground your research within offshore wind’s real-world challenges. On completing this initial training, you will then start full-time study on your selected PhD project.

90 credits delivered via 4 Modules:

M1 Introduction to Offshore Wind: Module lead – Professor James Gilbert

M2 Research Projects: Module lead – Dr Nina Dethlefs

M3 Modern Researcher: Module lead – Doctoral College, University of Hull

M4 Environmental Issues in Offshore Wind: Module Lead – Dr Stuart McLelland, with integrated public outreach through The Deep

Phase 2: Cross-cohort Training Programme

Phase 2 tuition continues alongside your focused research. During months 7-24 you will undertake training with students from other cohorts during short, intensive training periods delivered at the University of Durham, Loughborough University and the University of Sheffield.

We help you keep abreast of current developments across engineering, economic sustainability and environmental resilience, readying you for your future career and developing a broader range of expertise. 

30 credits delivered via 3 Modules:

M5 Renewable Energy Economics at Loughborough University

M6 Energy Engineering at University of Durham

M7 Materials and Manufacturing at University of Sheffield

Student support

Your progress across each of the taught modules (M1-M7) will be monitored by regular, individual meetings with CDT Director and Programme Tutor, Professor Robert Dorrell and your PhD research will be supported by your supervisory team. Students actively contribute to developing and improving the CDT experience through participation in regular student forum meetings and student representation in CDT management.

We strive to make our programme delivery inclusive to all students, with active support for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Well-being for everyone in the CDT programme. 


Please note that the taught element of the training programme, including module names and content, is subject to final validation and confirmation. Final conformation will be provided to applicants selected for offers as they become available.

For an informal discussion, call +44 (0) 1482 463331
or contact auracdt@hull.ac.uk