Year 1: MRes
Your first year will focus on building a strong network within your cohort. This taught year will immerse you in the technologies, business processes, stakeholders and working practices of automotive propulsion. Teamwork with fellow students in our CDT will help you grow your skills in interdisciplinary collaboration. You'll also begin planning your thesis and finding academic and industrial partners to support your research.
A key part of your MRes study involves a nine-month group project on the innovation process. You'll gain hands-on experience of user research, insights framework, developing prototypes and business cases.
Taught units in your first year include:
- student-led symposia and integrative think tanks
- automotive propulsion system technology
- strategic and critical thinking
- automotive propulsion systems evaluation
- automotive business processes
- automotive propulsion systems innovation
- thesis formulation project
Integrative Think Tanks (ITT)
You'll take part in week-long workshops called Integrative Think Tanks. These are in research distillation and include academics, industrial partners and CDT students. The workshops give you the chance to explore and identify research opportunities that could become your PhD topic. As a cohort, you'll also have the opportunity to organise guest speakers, as well as deliver your own presentation at symposia.
Years 2 - 4: PhD
After your MRes, you'll move on to our integrated PhD where you'll conduct a substantial research project. You'll continue to be involved in student-led symposia and integrative think tanks where you'll present your developing research.
- future fuels
- next generation electric propulsion
- real-world emissions and driver behaviour
- digital systems integration and optimisation
- applications of mathematics in propulsion systems
- responsible research and innovation along the road to zero