The Renewable Energy Marine Structures Centre for Doctoral Training (REMS CDT) is an EPSRC-funded centre to train 50 engineering doctorate (EngD) and PhD students over an eight-year period. This is a collaborative partnership between Cranfield University and the University of Oxford.

REMS aims to recruit and train high-calibre engineers in a research environment, working closely with the offshore renewable energy sector so that the research output, skills and knowledge gained by the doctoral students is industrially relevant and useful within the short-medium term. The focus for the centre will be offshore structures, at the initial stages focusing on wind energy, but as the sector develops, tidal and wave energy aspects will also be included.

A student registering for an EngD spends four years attending a structured programme of taught modules and will complete a PhD-level thesis or portfolio of work.

Industry-based students could be existing staff or the EngD could form part of a graduate training programme for new recruits with a view to them becoming leading specialists in the area of renewable energy marine structures by the time they graduate. Industry-based students will spend 75% of their time working in their companies but will attend intensive training periods at the universities for taught modules, group project working and other activities.

The PhD students will pursue research primarily in a university but with a strong industrial focus. Research projects will usually be supervised by at least one academic based at one of the two universities and an industry mentor/supervisor.

Find out more on the REMS website.

Matti Niclas Scheu

The REMS programme itself was the main reason for me to apply to Cranfield.

Matti Niclas Scheu, current student