Centre for Doctoral Training

The EPSRC Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion CDT is a collaboration between two of the UK’s largest and most forward thinking research groups in electric propulsion: the Electrical Power Group at Newcastle University and the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group at the University of Nottingham.

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) will train over 50 talented engineers to support the next generation of leaders and innovators in Power Electronics Machines and Drives to meet the future demands of society and industry for clean, electric propulsion systems.

The aim is to create a new school of thinking amongst engineers, capable of leading the transformation from fossil fuel propulsion to sustainable and environmentally friendly electric propulsion. An innovative new training programme will equip students with a new school of thinking for solving problems to ensure maximum reseach impact.

Technological Challenges

Electric propulsion requires the tight integration of power electronics with electric motors. To make such electric drives commercially viable, their cost must be halved and their size and weight reduced by up to 500%. Through PhD research and industrial partnership, we aim to develop radical new solutions to:

  • cut the cost of electric propulsion by 50%
  • increase power density by 500%

Highlights of the training programme include:

  • Fusion-Training-Units – a revolutionary new training method combining technical knowledge with professional skills
  • Supervisor-on-Demand scheme – students will get support from their main academic and industrial supervisor and also from a pool of experts throughout training and research
  • A large choice of taught modules and laboratories – subjects in engineering, science, business tailored to students’ needs.


Students will spend the first semester in Newcastle and the second semester in Nottingham. After the second semester students will either be placed at one university and/or at the industrial partner’s site depending on the project.

The CDT student community will stay in touch with each other through regular workshops that will run across the country. In addition the Fusion-Training-Unit will provide remote cohort-based training.

Students will meet regularly with the team for their supervision meetings. Meetings will alternate between the place where the company is based and at Newcastle or Nottingham.

Industry engagement

The CDT is based on strong industry support and will immerse the candidates in a programme of bespoke training, together with a joint industry-university research project, please use the email address on our Contact page.

PhD Studentships

We are looking for students with a background in any area of engineering or science. You will have a minimum qualification of a 2:1 Bachelors degree. Each student will be assigned to one of our industrial partners and will register with either Newcastle University or the University of Nottingham.

Further information

For further information about the CDT and how to apply follow the link below: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/electric-propulsion/