Research course

Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies

University of Nottingham · Division of Energy and Sustainability

Entry requirements

2:1 degree (or international equivalent) and/or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The Engineering Doctorate Centre, based at The University of Nottingham, has been established in partnership with the Midlands Energy Consortium - comprising the universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Birmingham - and a number of industry leaders within the power generation sector.

It offers Research Engineers the chance to train as industry experts ready to implement new super-efficient electricity-generating technologies, using fossil energy with near-zero emissions through carbon capture. They have access to first-rate research facilities across the partner universities, and have dedicated office space.

The four year doctoral programme equips Research Engineers with the knowledge and expertise to conduct cutting-edge research and work within highly-skilled multi-disciplinary teams. It comprises core and elective taught modules in:

* advanced specialist technical aspects of power generation, and materials capture and storage
* contextual and management topics, focusing on wider societal, cultural, ethical, political and global issues relating to energy generation
* professional and research skills training

Annual summer schools, in the UK and China, present unique opportunities to learn more about the challenges of meeting increasing global energy demands. Research Engineers also complete research projects with the Centre's industrial partners, and have opportunities to publish their research and present their findings at appropriate conferences.

Research Engineers register at one of the three universities but spend the majority of the time at their host company from towards the end of the first year to undertake the research project element of the programme.

A number of cross-cutting themes have been identified to tackle the research challenges identified towards the successful deployment and increased efficiency of clean coal technologies.

Improving the efficiency of carbon capture through better overall plant design and optimisation, as well as considering alternative capture routes to absorption in either chemical (post-combustion) or physical (pre-combustion in gasification) solvents.

Improving the technologies for removing acid gases to low levels prior to carbon capture in combustion, gasification and oxyfuel firing, as well as controlling toxic metals, notably mercury (Hg) and understanding the complex interactions that occur, for example between Hg and SOx.

Maximising the utilisation and the range of biomass/waste feedstocks in coke making, smokeless fuel and gasification to partially displace coal from these applications.

Slagging and ash composition needs to be thoroughly understood under the aggressive and new gaseous environments encountered in oxyfuel firing and in terms of the impact from biomass/waste.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

Intenational students are welcome to apply but must secure their own funding as the EPSRC funding cover Home and EU students only. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the EPSRC website.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5151