CDT - Center for Doctoral Training: REMS - Renewable Energy Marine Structures

General information

REMS is an EPSRC funded centre aiming to train fifty Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and PhD students over an eight-year period, admitting ten new students each year for five years starting in October 2014. This is a collaborative partnership between Cranfield University and the University of Oxford.

A student registering for an EngD spends four years attending a structured programme of taught modules and will complete a PhD-level thesis or portfolio of work. The industry-based students could be existing staff or the EngD could form part of a graduate training programme for new recruits with a view to them becoming leading specialists in the area of Renewable Energy Marine Structures by the time they graduate. Industry-based students will spend 75% of their time working in their companies but will attend intensive training periods at the universities for taught modules, group project working and other activities. The PhD students will pursue research primarily in a university but with a strong industrial focus. Research Projects will usually be supervised by at least one academic based at one of the two universities and an industry mentor/supervisor.

The REMS CDT will conduct research across the full spectrum of Offshore & Marine Renewable Energy structures integrating deep specialist areas such as geotechnical engineering, the soil-structure interface, whole-system structural design & optimisation, design for manufacture, inspection maintenance & repair and structural integrity including fatigue & fracture mechanics in the marine environment. Proposed Research projects should come under the following key areas of research:

The training will be characterised by an intense period at the start of the four years based at Cranfield University, followed by return visits over the four years for specialist modules. The annual study requirements for the REMS Programme are as follows:

Year One Year Two Year Three Year Four
Induction Term: October – December Three weeks attendance in total Three weeks attendance in total One week attendance in total
4 specialised modules         2 specialised modules 2 specialised modules 4 days TSEL and Review meetings
Group Project 4 days TSEL and Review meetings 4 days TSEL and Review meetings Attendance at the Annual Conference in October
TSEL courses Attendance at the Annual Conference in October Attendance at the Annual Conference in October Submission of thesis and VIVA examination
1 day Group Project Presentation & Report Submission in March/April (the following year)    
1 extra specialised module on “Systems Engineering” in June/July (the following year)    


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Cranfield University (Programme Director)
Cranfield, United Kingdom


Application Procedure:

REMS aims to recruit and train high-calibre engineers in a research environment working closely with the offshore renewable energy sector so that the research output, skills and knowledge gained by the doctoral students is industrially relevant and useful within a short-medium term. 

Potential applicants interested in applying should in the first instance contact Dr Ali Mehmanparast for Structural Design and Integrity, Dr Supriyo Ganguly for Manufacturing and Professor Byron Byrne for Geotechnics.

Students applying at Cranfield University should follow the link Cranfield Admissions while students for Oxford University can find more details at Oxford Admissions.

Grant Opportunities:

The REMS Centre provides opportunities to fund research activities for both EngD and PhD students within the participating universities, who are open to discuss potential areas for sponsoring through the programme at any time. 


Academic level: PhD

  • Assessments consider a pass when a minimum pass mark of 50% is achieved.
  • All students need to gain at least 120 credits in order to complete the Programme.

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