Our training

Experience with our predecessor CDTs has shown that the combined training and research programme produces doctoral graduates who are highly employable in multiple roles in industry, government as well as academia. Throughout the programme you will be using and building your existing skillset and work together with our students, academics across three institutions and industry to build your network for the future.

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To prepare you for work in the energy sector, you will undertake a series of compulsory and elective modules in addition to your research project. 

Our teaching incorporates Responsible Research Innovation and EDI training.

You will have ample opportunity to network and build future connections invaluable for your career.

Our formal training programme comprises compulsory and optional modules, totalling 180 credits in the first two years.

Module overview

During the first two years of your training, you will be completing a series of modules together with your cohort. You will learn together and from each other as you will have different academic backgrounds. The training will enable you to gain knowledge on the energy sector as well as forming friendships and professional relationship for your further employment. 

We will host annual Residential Schools during which you will network with leading scientists and leaders from academia, government and industry as well as strengthening your teamworking and presentation skills. 

Support is available for students with disability and the student-led CDT EDI working group actively advises the management on accessibility of all our activities.

Training calendar

See below our training calendar. There will be some flexibility to account for personal requirements.

Schedule of training

Compulsory module descriptions


Power Generation and Carbon Capture and Storage

Recognise and appraise developments and applications for current and emerging technologies for power generation and CCUS.
(10 credits)

Energy Systems and Policy

Understand, assess, and communicate the wider societal, cultural, political, and global contexts of energy technologies. Critically discuss ethical questions arising from energy generation and realted policies.
(20 credits)

Industrial Case Studies

Recognise how the behaviour of individuals and teams impact projects. Learn appropriate leadership styles and motivational tools. Develop and assess the critical components of a business plan. Interpret technical patents and understand IP protection.
(10 credits)

Industrial Mini Project

Learn more about your sponsoring company or industrial stakeholders and contextualise their research. Recognise and reflect on the importance of research to industry.
(10 credits)

Research and Professional Skills

Appraise and reflect on the processes involved for the successful completion of research projects. Identify your own professional development opportunities and develop your research skills.
(10 credits)

Low Carbon Processes

Gain a comprehensive critical appreciation of the physical principles, technologies, processes, and underlying technical and economic issues surrounding the low-carbon manufacturing of fuel and chemical feedstocks. Explore technology options and pathway scenarios to ensure low-carbon, yet competitive process industry by 2050.
(10 credits)

Communication and Public Engagement for Energy Researchers

Become aware of the importance of communicating your research to a wide audience. Learn to communicate your research effectively to people from different backgrounds.
(10 credits)

Research Portfolio 1

Complete a project plan and literature review.
(10 credits)

Risk and Hazard Management in the Energy Sector

Study the methods used to identify, record, quantify and eliminate/mitigate different types of risk. Apply risk mitigation procedures in different scenarios.
(10 credits)

Pilot-scale Facilities Training

Through this hands-on training, you will appreciate and adhere to industrial health and safety practices. Design, conduct and analyse industrial experiments using large-scale machinery.
(20 credits)


International Visit

You will be expected to present your work at at least one major international conference, where you can establish links with your peers around the world. There is also the opportunity, where appropriate, to work overseas for a period at a research facility or company relevant to your project.
(10 credits)

Research Portfolio 2

Report research results to date. This encourages early publication (subject to IP) through the presentation of a paper.
(20 credits)