UK Wind and Marine Energy Research Centre

University of Strathclyde

UK Wind and Marine Energy Research Centre

The UK Wind and Marine Energy Research Centre, a collaboration between the Universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh and EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), is the leading centre for research and training, working to tackle climate change and support the UK's energy future.

With expertise unrivalled in the UK, the Centre's multi-disciplinary research teams are working closely with industry to help develop its global position in the field and meet ambitious renewable energy targets.

The overall aim of the Research Centre is to meet the needs of the fast growing wind energy industry by providing high calibre PhD graduates with the specialist, generic and leadership skills necessary to lead future developments in wind energy systems. The objectives are to ensure all students from different disciplines gain competencies in core aspects of wind energy systems engineering and understand the socio economic impact of wind energy systems.

The Centre is committed to developing the new wave of highly skilled professionals needed to meet the energy challenge.

Accreditation is provided by the IET and IMechE enabling students to develop professionally throughout the course and work towards the competencies required for Chartership.


CDT students are studying a broad range of topics related to wind energy from power system analysis and Operation and Maintenance to novel design solutions and turbine control.

  • Aerodynamics and the Wind Resource
  • Wind farm Control and Collaborative Control
  • Drivetrains
  • Electrical Systems
  • Power Networks
  • Condition Monitoring and Operation and Maintenance
  • Turbine/Component Design and Materials
  • Economics and Policy

Professional Engineer Training Scheme

The Professional Engineer Training Scheme (PETS) was created by CDT students in order to provide CDT students with the necessary opportunities to develop as professional engineers while undertaking their PhD at the University of Strathclyde.

Research studentships for 2016

The Centre is now recruiting ten graduates to start their PhDs in October 2016. This unique opportunity combines training and research to enable graduates to make the transition into the wind and marine energy sector – a rapidly expanding area in the UK and overseas, with an overwhelming demand for well qualified people.

Beginning on 1 October 2016, the EPSRC Wind and Marine Energy Systems Studentships cover university fees and a stipend (maintenance grant) for four years.

Key information

Wind Energy Systems CDT
Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Royal College Building
204 George Street
G1 1XW
Drew Smith
Telephone number: 
0141 548 2880