University of Bristol
Key Course Facts
Composite materials are replacing traditional ones at an unprecedented rate due to the global demand for lightweight structures (eg in aircraft, wind turbines, construction and automotive industries). The growth in the use of composite materials is expected to be rapid, in the region of five to ten per cent each year.
The benefits composites offer to functionalise both materials and structures mean they are integral to any design considerations - material cost, sustainability, fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, improved operational performance and functionality. The composites sector is contributing significantly to industry developments and advanced composites are critical in enabling lighter, smarter structures and cheaper, more abundant energy. With the imminent and very present effects of climate change, composite materials have a role to play in contributing to reductions in CO2 emissions and the development of a more sustainable planet.
The UK has invested heavily in the science and technology of composite materials, including establishing the National Composites Centre at the University of Bristol. A highly skilled workforce and technical leadership are required to support the industry. This leadership requires a radical and innovative mindset that encompasses engineering as well as the physical sciences.
The development of future composites will require doctoral students with underpinning knowledge of advanced materials science and engineering, sustainability, and practical experience of the ensuing composites and structures. These highly skilled engineers not only need to understand technical subjects but should also be able to apply acquired knowledge within the context of the modern world.
This CDT produces highly skilled leaders. Core engineering modules lay the foundations and stretch your understanding of core materials, manufacturing and computational analysis, including experimental and theoretical elements of composites engineering and science. An integrated transferable skills training programme is also included, covering communication, career development and translational research skills. Collaborating with industrial partners (eg Rolls-Royce) and world-leading international expertise (eg University of Limerick), produces an exciting integrated programme enabling you to become a leader in this field.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Graduate Degrees
- Graduate Degrees Law, Econ, Medicine, English
- Undergraduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees Law, Econ, Medicine, English
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Advanced Composites, PhD, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
An upper second-class degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent qualification). See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Tuition Fees Advanced Composites PhD
|England UK||£4565||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£4565||year 1|
|Channel Islands||£4565||year 1|
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of University of Bristol in top UK and global rankings.
About University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is a traditional red brick research university located in Bristol, England. This university does not have a campus that it designates as its main campus, but instead has a group of buildings in the city centre which is referred to as the “University precinct”. With six different faculties and 29 distinct schools, there is sure to be something of interest for almost any student at Bristol.
Student composition of University of Bristol
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Advanced Composites PhD||University of Bristol||-||-||-||£4565||£24600||-||Bristol||On campus Full-time|
|Polymers and Composites PhD||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||£2250||-||-||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Composites Manufacture EngD||University of Bristol||-||-||-||£4565||-||-||Bristol||On campus Full-time|