CDT in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMSS)


The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMESS) is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and offered in partnership with the University of Oxford and Strathclyde. The Centre's multi-disciplinary research teams are working closely with industry to help develop its global position in the field and meet ambitious renewable energy targets. The Centre is committed to developing the new wave of highly skilled professionals needed to meet the energy challenge.

The Centre is recruiting 70 graduates over 5 years. The first intake started in October 2019. This unique opportunity combines training and research to enable graduates to make the transition into the wind and marine energy sector - a rapidly expanding area in the UK and overseas, with an overwhelming demand for well-qualified people.

The overall aim of the Research Centre is to meet the needs of the fast-growing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy industry, by providing high caliber PhD and EngD graduates with the specialist, generic and leadership skills necessary to lead future developments in offshore energy systems. The objectives are to ensure all students from different disciplines gain competencies in core aspects of offshore energy systems engineering and understand the socio-economic impact of these systems.


Studentships are available to the UK and eligible EU citizens with (or about to obtain) a 1st class or 2.1 degree or a Master degree in a Physical Science or Engineering discipline. The studentships will begin on the 1st of October each year (since 2019) and cover University fees and a highly competitive stipend for four years.


Depending on the specific research project and choice of optional training courses, the student will be awarded either an EngD or a PhD with Integrated Studies in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures.

In the first 4 months of the PhD/EngD (from October to January), the student will attend the following courses:

  • Wind, Waves and Tides in ORE
  • Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics of ORE
  • Nacelle Mechanical and Electrical Technologies in ORE
  • Socio-Economic and Environmental Aspects of ORE
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability Offshore

These courses will be taught at Strathclyde University (Glasgow) by experts from industry and from the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford and Strathclyde. In February of the first year, the students will begin their research project, which will be completed by the end of the 4th year. During this period, the student will also take additional taught courses including

  • Offshore Electrical Infrastructure
  • Mechanical Loading, Materials and Design in ORE
  • Intelligence and Control in ORE Turbines and Devices
  • Introduction to Offshore Geotechnics
  • Dynamics of Offshore Structures for ORE
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for ORE
  • Offshore Structural Integrity
  • Offshore Foundation Design
  • Numerical Analysis for Offshore Geotechnics
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics for ORE
  • Scale and field testing for ORE

These additional courses will be delivered in blocks of one or two weeks at one of the three partner institutions (Edinburgh, Oxford and Strathclyde). 

How to apply

The applications for 2020 are now closed and we will recruit in January 2021 for PhD and EngD programmes starting 1st October 2021. Please check frequently this webpage for updates.

Further Information: 

To find out more about the CDT in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures, please contact Dr Ignazio Maria Viola at

An underwater photo of tidal turbines within the Flowave Ocean Energy Research facility at the University of Edinburgh
Tidal turbines within the Flowave Ocean Energy Research facility at the University of Edinburgh



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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree.


Tuition fees and stipend are available to UK and overseas students.

Informal Enquiries: 

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola: