Newcastle University Forshaw PhD Studentship in Marine Engineering 2023

PhD studentship in Marine Engineering – Carbon neutral ships by retrofitting and big data management

Newcastle University

Qualification Type:PhD
Funding for:UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount:100% fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £17,668 (2022-23 UKRI rate).
Hours:Full Time
Placed On:21st December 2022
Closes:3rd February 2023
Reference:8070F / ENG104

Award Summary

100% fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £17,668 (2022-23 UKRI rate).


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has a strategy for reducing ship-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) by at least 50% by 2050. To respond to IMO’s strategy, renewable energy sources, Energy Saving Devices (ESDs), and performance monitoring systems have been proposed.

Most of the cases, ESDs are applied to new designs. However, new buildings cannot be counted as a sustainable solution since they demand raw materials from limited sources and big energy consumption during the manufacturing process. On the other hand, retrofitting technologies make ships sustainable, since there is no need to use a big amount of material and energy during modification. They also increase the fleet lifecycles. Thus, retrofitting clean maritime systems will be able to address the challenges in the maritime industry associated with GHG, and safe operations in a sustainable way.

Some challenges need to be overcome for the retrofitting technologies and assessing their performance and environmental impacts:

1.   Integration into the existing system,

2.   Analysing the big data

3.   Reducing human error.

This PhD research offers to work on these challenges and fill the gap in the literature and marine industry by providing in-situ retrofitting applications. The collected data will be used to build a digital twin. Therefore, the proposal aims to demonstrate scalable clean maritime systems on a vessel to reach zero emission.

Number Of Awards: 1

Start Date: 18th September 2023

Award Duration: 3.5 years

Application Closing Date: 3rd February 2022

Sponsor: EPSRC


Dr Serkan Turkman

Eligibility Criteria:

You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject or subject relevant to the proposed PhD project (inc. marine technology, engineering etc.). Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements.

Home and international applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply and if successful will receive a full studentship. Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:

  • search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8070F 
  • Research Area: Marine Technology (Engineering)
  • select PhD Marine Technology (full time) – Marine Technology (Engineering)  as the programme of study.

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:

  • a ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) – upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form
  • the studentship code ENG104 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field
  • when prompted for how you are providing your research proposal – select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.

Contact Details

Dr Serkan Turkman

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