Industry Doctorate Programme in Advanced Manufacturing

Scotland’s manufacturing sector recognises that skills are an essential component of growth and innovation. Business leaders have identified a need for strategic support to help them understand where and how they should allocate their manufacturing investment to effectively develop a robust pipeline of high-value manufacturing skills and to address key research challenges in manufacturing.

Successfully launched in 2019 with the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) - the pan-Scottish university research pool in engineering - and with the backing of industry sponsors, our Industry Doctorate Programme now has over 30 projects underway with over 20 manufacturing and engineering businesses from across the sector.

Find out more about the projects below.

NMIS-IDP Cohort '1'


Advanced Digital Manufacturing Techniques for Complex Warships

BAE Systems Naval Ships designs and builds complex naval ships for the Royal Navy and for export.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: BAE Systems Naval Ships


Linking Digital Manufacturing to a Digital Tablet: Simulating Tablet Disintegration Using Discrete Element and Pore-scale Modelling

This project will impact the pharmaceutical industry by realising digital and rapid formulation design and digital manufacturing.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: GlaxoSmithKline


Electroforming of Large Scale Nickel Structures for Leading Edge Energy, Aerospace and Marine Applications

Electroforming is a chemical method of additive manufacturing. In this process clean electricity is used to grow a metallic product on a mandrel – hence this is classified as electrochemical additive manufacturing.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: Doncasters Bramah


Advanced Manufacturing for Personalised Vascular Grafts

Arterial replacement using synthetic grafts is currently the standard of care for patients with arterial aneurysm.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: Terumo Aortic


Digital Manufacturing of Industrial Lasers

This industrial doctorate research challenge is to develop and exploit digitally-enabled manufacturing methods, including laser-based production of micro-optics, laser-welding of glass to metal, and metal additive manufacturing, to design and demonstrate high-power laser sources optimised specifically for 3D additive manufacturing machines.

Academic Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Industry Partner: Renishaw PLC


NMIS-IDP Cohort '2'


Studying Crystallinity Gradients in High Performance Composites Manufactured by Automatic Tape Placement

This PhD project will investigate and develop suitable non-destructive methodologies to measure the crystallinity level and gradient across the thickness of thermoplastic laminates manufactured by ATP.

Academic Institution: University of Edinburgh
Industry Partner: Hexcel


Development of Advanced Manufacturing Platform for High Integrity Forged Components

One of the main aims of this industry doctorate is to bridge this gap, in good alignment with the AFRC FutureForge programme (£16.5 million project), bringing the largest piece of equipment (2000T hydraulic press) and state of the art forging facility to Scotland.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: Timet / AFRC Industrial Members


Investigation and Optimisation of a Design-for-Manufacture Deposition Method for Single Layer Graphene

RD Graphene Ltd (RDG) was incorporated in Scotland in 2016 after winning the prestigious Scottish Higgs Edge prize. The highly experienced and commercially driven innovative business leaders have invented the world’s first patent granted process for the cost-effective generation of graphene single layer in minimized process steps at room temperature, on any surface.

Academic Institution: University of the West of Scotland
Industry Partner: RD Graphene Ltd


Advanced Manufacturing for Vascular Graft Sealant Technology

Terumo Aortic, based in Inchinnan, Scotland, are a global leader in the design and manufacture of vascular grafts for open surgery, currently producing 120,000 synthetic grafts per year for life-saving arterial replacement to treat patients with aortic disease.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: Terumo Aortic


Production of Whisky Using Specialty Malts: An Optimised Process

The proposed project, a collaboration between Heriot-Watt University, Holyrood Distillery, and Crisp Malt, aims to use novel grain roasting technology to optimise the production of specialty malts specifically for the distilling industry and to characterise the production and maturation characteristics of malt whisky produced using specialty malt.

Academic Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Industry Partner: Holyrood Distillery / Crisp Malt


Novel AI Techniques in Dealing with Manufacturing Variations for Automobile Assembly Systems

The project is proposed by the SMeSTech Lab of the University of Strathclyde, working in partnership with PSA (Peugeot), France. The SMeSTech Lab is well positioned to advance research and development of mechatronic solutions for space applications and their terrestrial exploitation.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: PSA Group (Peugeot)


Investigation of Thermoplastic Composite Forming Processes for Automotive and Industrial Structures Production

This project will perfect the forming of thermoplastic organosheets into complex shapes in compression moulding processes.

Academic Institution: University of Glasgow (with the University of Edinburgh)
Industry Partner: Johns Manville


Remanufacture of Marine Composite Components based on Improved Service Data and Field Diagnostics

Driving the manufacturing of advanced new grades of polymer composites designed specifically for marine repair applications.

Academic Institution: University of Edinburgh
Industry Partner: Babcock International


Induced Ductile to Brittle Transition Impact Cut (IDBTIC)

This project is aimed at the development of a new steel cutting technique for in-air and underwater applications based on the innovative concept of induced ductile to brittle transition impact.

Academic Institution: University of Aberdeen
Industry Partner: Clockwise Technologies Ltd

NMIS-IDP Cohort '3'


A high yield micro-assembly for wafer scale, hybrid opto-electronic systems manufacturing

This project will focus on the manufacture of large arrays of hybrid optical devices, optimising process yield, characterising statistical device variances, thermal stability and lifetimes.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: Fraunhofer UK


Complex data analytics in augmented manufacturing environments

The proposed project seeks to investigate improved methods of supporting Augmented Reality (AR) tools so that they can more effectively support manufacturing applications.

Academic Institution: University of Edinburgh
Industry Partner: ShapeSpace Ltd


Manufacturing packaging and assembly of advanced and highly integrated electronics

Sofant is a technology company incorporated to exploit intellectual property developed at the University of Edinburgh relating to MEMS devices for wireless applications at mm-wave frequencies.


Flow Forming of Materials for Aerostructures

Flow forming is a manufacturing technique whereby a hollow metal blank (pre-from) is mounted onto a rotating mandrel and the material is made to flow axially along the mandrel by the action of one or more rollers.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner:Boeing


The Development of Automated Decision Making for Non Destructive Testing of Additive Manufactured Parts

Additive manufacturing (AM) has been receiving significant interest from industry as it offers the attraction of lighter structures, greater part flexibility and increased complexity without the need for multiple manufacturing processes.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: BAE Systems


Assembling Control Architecture for Integrated Quantum Circuits

This project will address one of the main challenges for scalable quantum technology: how to multiplex large numbers of quantum circuits.

Academic Institution: University of Glasgow
Industry Partner: SeeQC UK Limited


Design, Manufacture and Reliability of Photonic Devices for Satellite Communications

This project aims to tackle the control of both optical mode and RF properties of a high-speed optical modulator with assured reliability over very wide temperature ranges.

Academic Institution: University of Glasgow
Industry Partner: aXenic


Development of Liquid Moulding Process for Aerospace Grade Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites

In this project, Spirit AeroSystems and the Advanced Composites Group led by the main applicant at the University of Strathclyde will together develop viable solutions for optimising LCM efficiency and reproducibility of high quality parts.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited

NMIS-IDP Cohort '4'


Digital Design Strategies for Industrial Crystallisation Development: Considering Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Properties and Crystalliser Hydrodynamics for Process Scale Up

This project between the University of Strathclyde and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd aims to develop a state of the art multiscale modelling framework from the molecule through to the process vessel, and provide a scale-up and technology transfer strategy from the lab to manufacturing.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner: Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co.


A Framework for Efficient Design and Manufacture of Multifunctional Composite Materials for Light-Weighting Aerospace Structures

Dr Jones’s research focuses on design of resilient aero-electrical power systems, including integration with composite materials.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner:Rolls-Royce Plc


Investigation of Innovative Process Control Technologies for Manufacturing of High Precision Optical Film Stacks in Drum-Sputter Coaters

This project brings together the University of the West of Scotland`s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging (ITFSI), a centre of excellence in thin film research; Intellemetrics Global Ltd, a Scottish-based designer and manufacturer of optical monitoring solutions for precision optical coatings; and Shanghai Jason Vacuum (SJV), a leading drum-sputter chamber manufacturer.

Academic Institution: University of the West of Scotland
Industry Partner:Intellemetrics Global Ltd / Shanghai Jason Vacuum Co Ltd


A Digital Twin for Techno-Economic Modelling and Optimisation of Carbon Bed Systems for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Abatement in the Pharma Industry

This project will develop computational tools and methodologies to address VOC capture (carbon bed) performance challenges.

Academic Institution: University of Edinburgh
Industry Partner:GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)


Development of Hybrid Compounds for Compression Moulding for Structural Composites

This project aims at increasing the technology readiness level of novel hybrid compression-moulded composites that will allow for shorter production timelines while still retaining outstanding mechanical properties and energy absorption capacity.

Academic Institution: University of Edinburgh
Industry Partner:Williams Advanced Engineering Limited


Process Developments for Sustainable Electrochemical Machining (SECM)

Research and development work is urgently needed to exploit the ECM process capabilities, especially for the precision manufacturing SME sector to expand and grow their business in advanced sustainable manufacturing.

Academic Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Industry Partner:Precision Tooling and Castings Ltd


Towards Lightweight Corrosion-Resistant Impeller for Vertical Chemical Pump Through Novel Composites Additive Manufacturing

In this proposal, we aim to develop a disruptive technology to challenge the conventional way of producing metallic impellers and investigate novel additive manufacturing routes to producing lightweight corrosion-resistant impellers for Weir vertical chemical pumps.

Academic Institution: University of Strathclyde
Industry Partner:The Weir Group PLC


Characterisation of Manufacturing Defects in Composite Pipes

As the volume of advanced composites components for oil and gas applications continues to rise, it is necessary to improve the current understanding on the quality of the materials, processes and design practices that are used to generate those composite pipes and structures.

Academic Institution: Robert Gordon University
Industry Partner:Airborne Oil & Gas B.V.


3D Printing of Micro-Scale Graded Shape Memory Components for In-Vivo Actuated Medical Devices

The overarching challenge is to create a manufacturing process for sub-mm and mm-scale Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) components with functional grading at a scale of 10’s of microns.

Academic Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Industry Partner:Renishaw Ltd