Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Postgraduate Research


A number of our PhD students are self-funded, but funded studentships and Doctoral Training awards are also an option and details of those currently available are shown on this page.

Entry qualifications for funded PhD studentships vary and can be found in specific listings, for self funded students the requirement is a good degree(2:1 or higher) or relevant experience.

Current PhD Student Vacancies



Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics

Applications are invited for PhD study in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics located within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre at Loughborough University.

The CDT in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics is a four year programme.  Year one comprises of study at the University of Cambridge for a Master’s degree in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics.  This is followed by a three-year industrially-focussed PhD project at Loughborough University.  PhD topics will be developed during the first year but will be relevant to current and future technologies being developed by, for example, Rolls-Royce. See more details.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence

Applications are invited for PhD study in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence located within Loughborough University.  We offer fully funded studentships to eligible candidates in the areas of autonomous products, functional materials, high performance connected systems, data-to-knowledge solutions, and engineering for industry, life and health. Successful candidates will follow our unique 4 year full-time programme which enables them to develop their research skills whilst working with industrial partners. Research training is complemented by non-technical subjects e.g. leadership, enterprise and social responsibility.  See more details.  Enquiries to Dr Donna Palmer,