The University of Bristol

Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation

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Rank: 14 (The Complete University Guide)

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Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2019/09/01

Duration: 48 months

Intl fees: £21700


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Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) is an underpinning technology that encompasses a wide range of sensing, imaging and analysis techniques. The group is recognised as a world leader within NDE, having produced several important research outcomes which are now exploited by industry, both in the UK and around the world. Since the late 1990s, the group has contributed to many areas within NDE, including ultrasonic guided waves, electromagnetics and imaging, and today has a wide range of projects continuing across a large number of fields. The group is a founder member of the RCNDE, the UK Research Centre in NDE, consisting of six UK universities and 16 industrial members, and through this helps to steer the UK research direction. In total it has published more than 200 papers in academic journals, and over 50 PhD students have graduated from the group. Projects are available in: Energy – with industry links to E.ON, EDF, Wood, Rolls-Royce, Shell, BP and Petrobras. Aerospace – A large field of interest to the aerospace industry in the inspection of engine components with a variety of projects with Rolls-Royce and Airbus. Infrastructure – Emerging extensive interests in the inspection and health monitoring of infrastructure. Many industrial members of RCNDE, particularly in the oil and gas, power and nuclear sectors are increasingly interested in this field.


Entry requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a master’s degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider applicants without these qualifications. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (6.5 or more every band)

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About this university

International students

There is a wealth of information and assistance available for international students that start from the point of thinking about attending Bristol. The website has a range of country-specific information as well as general information about the application process. The university also takes part in the Erasmus program and has specific information about it. The International Office is available once students arrive at the university to help with matter such as visas and immigration paperwork and English language studies. This is ideal for those to whom English isn't a first language. They can even help with students seeking work between their studies and for those seeking work after their courses are finishing. The Student Union at the university is found in Queen's Road and is a founding member of the National Union of Students, meaning it is one of the oldest in the country. There are around 300 different clubs and societies to become involved with outside the classroom so there is always something for all tastes. There are volunteering opportunities as well as fundraising groups and those involved with sports. For less formal settings, there are also get active clubs and get green societies. As well as the many organisations and clubs on offer, the union is also responsible for the two student media outlets, the radio station and newspaper. It organises the annual fresher's fair as well as various community groups and large entertainment events.

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