University of Oxford: Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures EPSRC CDT

InstitutionUniversity of Oxford
Department Engineering Science
Web https://www.ox.ac.uk
Email graduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk
Telephone 01865 270059
Study type Research

Summary

**The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2019). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas**

The DEng in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures will offer you the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge, understanding and expertise in the design and development of offshore renewable energy systems (wind, wave and tidal).

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures is run by the University of Oxford in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh. All students on the CDT course undertake a comprehensive programme of taught modules, as well as an individual doctoral research project.

As an Oxford DEng student you will be based in your sponsoring company for the majority of your degree, while also spending a significant proportion of your time at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The main research interests for the Oxford stream of the CDT are in geotechnical engineering (notably foundations for offshore wind turbines) and environmental fluid mechanics (as applied to offshore wind and tidal turbines). Applications to work in other areas of civil engineering with relevance to offshore renewable energy (eg structural health monitoring) are also welcomed.

Please note that offers for the DEng in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures will only be made if suitable arrangements can be, or are likely to be, made with a sponsoring company. You are advised to contact the Oxford CDT Director, Professor Chris Martin, to discuss arrangements at an early stage to ensure that your application is appropriate to this course. Alternatively, please consider the DPhil in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures, which follows a similar programme of taught and research components but is university-based rather than company-based.

The first year of the course focuses on developing core skills through both taught courses and individual research work. From October to December you will complete an induction term at the University of Strathclyde in central Glasgow. There you will take introductory taught courses covering fundamental aspects of offshore renewable energy, and you will participate in a group design project. The induction term will establish a broad knowledge base on which to build your advanced research, and will allow you to develop links with students enrolled through the Strathclyde and Edinburgh streams of the CDT. From January of the first year you will be based in your sponsoring company to begin individual research work, as preparation for your main research project. You will have both an academic supervisor and an industrial supervisor, who will meet with you regularly to assess progress and discuss research matters. The topic(s) and main location of your project will be by agreement with your two supervisors and the sponsoring company. As your research work begins you will also continue with the group design project, which will normally be completed by the end of your second term.

Following the second term you will have access to a range of technical skills, transferable skills and management/leadership skills modules that will be taught at Strathclyde, Oxford or Edinburgh. These modules will be completed according to a flexible timetable, agreed with your supervisors, to complement your research activities. The technical skills modules will include relevant aspects of geotechnical engineering (three modules), fluid mechanics (two modules), structural dynamics, structural integrity, mechanical engineering and environmental impact assessment.

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