Work with us
There are multiple ways to engage with Bristol Composites Institute; the most frequent ones are covered on the infographic above and in the details below. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to send us an email with the information you are after and we’ll put you in touch with the most relevant person. And if you have ideas about other collaboration opportunities, please also get in touch.
Secondments and placements
Secondment projects between a couple of weeks and 12 months in duration are available for companies to embed a researcher in the organisation or to second someone into the university. For longer durations please check out our Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP).
Our Masters programmes with a year placement in industry offer well-trained engineers for companies and employability skills for students.
Fund a PhD student working on your dedicated project
Our Centre for Doctoral Training works with several industrial partners on building a portfolio of projects that the PhD students can choose from. We are always looking for new challenges; get in touch if you are interested in being involved.
There are opportunities for funding a PhD student outside of the Centre for Doctoral Training as well. These PhD programmes take 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time. If you have an interesting project idea to be delivered by a PhD student, let us know about it.
We offer opportunities for even closer involvement of the doctorate students in the company’s project via the EngD programme. This 4-year programme operated by the Industrial Doctorate Centre is open as well for project ideas and engagement with industry.
Propose Masters and undergraduate student projects
A number of Undergraduate Degree programmes have content relating to composite materials. In particular the MEng in Aerospace Engineering has optional units in Composites Design and Manufacture and Advanced Composites Analysis.
The MSc in Advanced Composites programme is a one year full time course which allows you to acquire an in-depth theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of advanced composite materials through taught (core and optional) units and a research project. You can apply via the postgraduate programme finder.
Both our undergraduate and Masters students work on specific projects. We would welcome project proposals from industry so our students could work on real issues that are related to their studies and develop solutions that are valuable for industry. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to find out more about how to secure an MSc student working on your project. We collect the project ideas towards the end of each year so they are ready for allocation each January.
Engage with our Doctoral training centres
There are currently two Doctoral Training Centres operating within Bristol Composites Institute:
- The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing which is a four-year programme with a one-year taught component and a three-year research project. Our PhD students often reach out to industry to invite guest speakers and we welcome research project proposals.
- The EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture provides a four-year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry. This programme is based on a partnership between industry and academia where each researcher is working on a project designed around the sponsoring company’s research priorities. If you are interested, please get in touch with us.
Tap into academic expertise
Bristol Composites Institute is growing all the time and we have a large group of world-class academic staff, as well as many excellent researchers, postgraduate students and affiliates. If you would like to tap into their expertise in the form of direct consultancy, you can get in touch with them directly or via our main email account.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships offer a fantastic opportunity for industry to host a researcher at their premises for the delivery of a 1-3 year technical project. The benefit for the company is to have a well trained researcher with supervision provided by the academic supervisors and other researchers at the university via a part-funded scheme.
Impact Acceleration Projects
There are multiple Impact Acceleration funding opportunities available to support collaboration of industry and academia. If you are interested, please get in touch with our Research commercialising team.
Use our lab facilities
Collaborative research – new funding opportunities
Extend your R&D
Not having the necessary resources in-house can be a show-stopper. We have the knowledge and expertise to explore and find solution to a wide range of challenges, and the experience to build and maintain flourishing relationships with industry. Get in touch with us!
The University is keen to promote technology transfer by licensing IP to third parties. We have several technologies which are currently available for licensing.
There are several spin-out companies who started their work based on our research. We are interested to hear about individuals or companies who invest in early-stage companies.