Why get involved

The AAPS Centre for Doctoral Training is where science, behaviour change and future engineering meet.

AAPS is here to train and support future leaders of mobility, bringing together industry, academics and students to pioneer and shape the transition to clean, sustainable, affordable movement for all. This is achieved through joint funding from EPSRC and University of Bath, for 86 students over 5 cohorts.

AAPS is a `hybrid think-and-do tank' designed to inspire industry, politicians and the general public to redefine the way we move.


The CDT is a supportive environment with an open mindset

Deep Research and Exploration

Thinking to the far horizon


Working together across the social, technical and political landscape

Positive Disruption

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We promote challenge, courage and entrepreneurship

Our Students' Training

AAPS is a 4-year transdisciplinary research programme that includes a one-year MRes training programme followed by three to four-year PhD.

  • Our programme brings together students from across the disciplines to work collaboratively as a cohort

  • Our students develop core personal and professional skills

  • Through the MRes programme our students gain a broad understanding of all disciplines influencing Propulsion systems 

  • They then go on to develop a deep understanding of their specific subject area through PhD research

How you can collaborate with AAPS

We aim to produce graduates with the depth of knowledge and breadth of skills to lead in addressing complex challenges in the UK automotive industry. Industry involvement during their PhDs enhances our students' training with relevant industrial problems, expertise and tools. Partnering with us gives you access to our high-quality research students and supervisors with diverse expertise.

There are many ways you and your organisation can work with our Centre for Doctoral Training, including

  • Delivering a Guest Lecture
  • Take part in an Integrative Think Tank
  • Sponsor a PhD

Come and deliver a Guest Lecture

Where you can meet our students and explore our facilities.

We are enhancing our training with a programme of guest lectures to complement the taught elements of our CDT course. Delivering a guest lecture or activity is a great way to meet our students, promote your organisation and engage with our research community. 

See previous Guest Lectures. 

Come to an ITT and present your real-life business Challenges

Integrative Think Tanks are week-long incubators bringing together students, academics and industrial partners to work collaboratively on exploring real business challenges faced by industry.

Outputs include joint research projects, PhD topics and short term consultancy

Find out more about the Integrative Think Tank

We aim for all students to have industrial involvement in their PhD project. By collaborating with us, you'll work with doctoral students developing deep subject expertise combined with a good understanding of business. 

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • 100% industry funded: Resultant IP owned by sponsor company
  • 50% industry funded: Resultant IP owned by University
  • In-kind support


Our current partners

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