The new EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics is a joint venture between Oxford, Cambridge and Loughborough Universities in close partnership with several leading industrial companies including Rolls-Royce and Siemens. The CDT programme provides a unique research training opportunity for the next generation of graduate engineers in aerospace propulsion, by bringing together diverse areas of expertise to train future aerodynamics engineers in a supportive and exciting environment. The programme will help graduate engineers understand and address the issues faced in current and future engine designs, and to develop solutions using innovative and integrated methods. General CDT information can be found at

One of the biggest challenges for both current and future aero-engine research and development is to unravel the science behind how engine components interact. We offer a range of doctoral research projects in experimental instrumentation measurement and computation modelling/simulation. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral research degree focusing on the turbine stages in aerospace propulsion are encouraged to apply here for the next active deadline.

The CDT maintains close partnerships with several leading companies, including Rolls Royce and Siemens. If your company would like to investigate industrial partnerships with the CDT then please contact us here.


The total length of training is 4 years. The program follows a “1+3” model. In year one, all cohort students will study for a new University of Cambridge masters degree (MRes) in gas turbine aerodynamics. In years two-to-four, students will undertake industrially-focused PhD projects at one of the three partner universities.

More specifically,  for those Oxford CDT students:

Year 1

You will register and study for a MRes degree in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics at University of Cambridge, which will contain largely taught course modules and mini projects (3-4 weeks each) at the three partner universities and at some of the sites of the industrial partners.

Years 2-4

You will register for a DPhil to carry out a research project at Oxford Thermofluids Institute, part of Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford.  Oxford Thermofluids Institute is an internationally recognized centre in Gas Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics.  You will benefit from the network of leading experts in the field with a large portfolio of skills. Throughout of the research project, close interactions with an industrial partner are expected. In addition, the full cohort is regularly reunited for CDT seminars and workshop events.

Research Themes

  • Combustion-Turbine Interaction and Integration
  • Instrumentation and measurement for engine realistic conditions
  • Aerodynamics-Heat Transfer/Cooling Interactions
  • Aerothermal Optimization and Control
  • Fluid-Solid Aerothermal  and Aeromechanical Interactions
  • Coupling and Interactions between Turbine Internal and External Flows
  • Advanced Seals Characterization and Component Matching/Interaction
  • Multistage Turbine Aerothermal Interactions
  • Multi-scale Multi-fidelity Aerothermal Modelling

Further details can be found here


CDT Administration at Oxford

Co-director: Prof L He (
CDT administrator (

CDT Academic Supervisors at Oxford (research expertise)

Prof P Ireland (Turbine Heat Transfer, Cooling and Aerodynamics)
Prof L He  (Computational Aerothermal Methods, Shape Design Optimization)
Prof D Gillespie (Internal and External Heat Transfer and Cooling )
Prof T Povey (High-speed Instrumentation, Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics)
Prof B Rosic (Turbine Aerodynamics, Turbine-Combustion Integration )
Prof E Walsh (Micro-fluidics, System Heat Transfer and Cooling)
Dr M Bacic (Engine Control for Aerothermal Performance)
Dr M McGilvray (Hypersonic Flow, Turbine Internal Heat Transfer)
K Chana (Instrumentation, Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics)

Further staff research profiles & contact details can be found here


Entry into the CDT programme is competitive and will take account of academic qualifications, performance and aspirations. Successful applicants are likely to have an engineering background with some specialisation in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Candicates with undergradaute degress from other related fields will also be considered. Students are expected to have a 2.1 or 1st class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. The majority of successful applicants must be eligible for EPSRC funding for UK/EU students but a small number of places may also be available to those with different funding sources.

Each candidate will need to get accepted by both Oxford (DPhil) and Cambridge (MRes). Please note that although you will start the CDT program in Year 1 at Cambridge, your admission to the MRes at Cambridge should be conditional on your obtaining a conditional offer of a DPhil place at Oxford for Years 2-4.

Annually, there will be 4-5 funded places for those who will complete their Years 2-4 of the CDT program at Oxford. If you are interested, please visit the relevant Oxford and Cambridge websites for applications and start the process as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact relevant supervisors before making the application if you have preference of particular research areas/topics for the Y2-Y4 DPhil phase.

The application procedure for the MRes at Cambridge can be found from

The application procedure for the DPhil at Oxford can be found from Please make clear on your application that it is for ‘CDT in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics’ (as a research project title or field of research). At this application stage, you can specify either the CDT supervisor group or an academic member of staff as your proposed supervisor.