Design and testing of composite tidal turbine blades in FastBlade

This is an exciting opportunity to join the research team at FASTBLADE ( This is the world’s first test facility that uses regenerative hydraulic technology to offer high-quality, low-cost fatigue testing of tidal turbine blades and other composites structures for research and product development.

This PhD or EngD is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (CDT WAMSS), which is jointly led by the Universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Oxford. In the first year of study, you will attend several courses in wind and marine energy equivalent to a master-degree. This training will give you a broad background which will complement the in-depth research phase of the PhD/EngD.

Thereafter there is an opportunity to develop a research topic in the design and testing of tidal turbine blades.

Further Information: 

For more information on the CDT WAMSS, see

For more information on FASTBLADE, see

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Closing Date: 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Principal Supervisor: 


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. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


EPSRC funded (see EPSRC student eligibility). Tuition fees + stipend available for applicants who qualify as Home applicants. (International applicants not eligible).

To qualify as a Home student, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • You are a UK applicant.
  • You are an EU applicant with settled/pre-settled status who also has 3 years residency in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland immediately before the start of your programme.

Applications are welcomed from self-funded students, or students who are applying for scholarships.

Further information and other funding options.

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