Sustainable Electric Propulsion

P‌hotograph acknowledgement: Airbus


We will train a new generation of power electronics and electric drives specialists and leaders to meet the future demands of society and industry for clean, electric propulsion systems. As a graduate of this CDT, your skills and knowledge will be invaluable to automotive and aerospace transport infrastructures.

We aim to create a new school of thinking amongst engineers, capable of leading the transformation from fossil fuel propulsion to sustainable and environmentally friendly electric propulsion.

Our Partners

Our Sustainable Electric Propulsion CDT is a collaboration between two of the UK's largest and most forward thinking research groups in electric propulsion: the Electrical Power Group at Newcastle University and the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group at the University of Nottingham. Both groups are supported by over 20 industrial partners and seven industrial networks to deliver unprecedented high quality research and comprehensive training.  


We have developed a radical new training programme that will equip our students with a new school of thinking for solving problems to ensure maximum reseach impact.

Highlights of the training programme include:

  • Fusion-Training-Units - a revolutionary new training method combining technical knowledge with professional skills
  • Supervisor-on-Demand scheme - students will get support from their main academic and industrial supervisor and also from a pool of experts throughout training and research
  • A large choice of taught modules and laboratories - subjects in engineering, science, business tailored to students' needs.


All students will spend the first semester in Newcastle and the second semester in Nottingham. After the second semester students will either be placed at one university and/or at the industrial partner’s site depending on the project.

The CDT student community will stay in touch with each other through regular workshops that will run across the country. In addition the Fusion-Training-Unit will provide remote cohort-based training.

Students will meet regularly with the supervisor team for their supervision meetings. Meetings will alternate between the place where the company is based and at Newcastle or Nottingham.