PhD Studentships 2017

Master of Research in Rocket Propulsion – Fully Funded

Kingston University is offering a one-year practically-focused Master of Research (MRes) studentship, using the Roehampton Vale Rocketlab propulsion test facility, starting in October 2017. This will include a London-weighted stipend to cover living expenses.

The focus of the research will be on low cost rocket propulsion using green propellants. The research will need to advance one or more of the current areas of research within the rocketlab, based on small bipropellant or hybrid rocket using propellants such as liquid oxygen and nitrous oxide, and emphasising novel vortex / swirl flow injection, advanced nozzles and thrust steering approaches.

A requirement for the successful applicant will be some previous hands-on experience with rocket propulsion design, manufacture and testing (mechanical / fluidics, machining, data acquisition, test planning and running). Some experience of electronics for control and data acquisition is preferred.

There will be a required teaching element to the studentship due to the nature of the funding. The researcher will be expected to contribute regularly to space engineering teaching (classes, tutorials and group / individual projects) Aerospace Engineering with Astronautics & Space Technology. Teaching commitments are expected to be weekly and will require preparation. A background in space technology / engineering from a recognised degree course is required.

Benefit to students

  • Students will benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at Kingston University as well as in the wider scientific community to collaborate and share expertise with.
  • UK and EU Students are fully funded for one year, including a generous stipend per year.
  • The programme will develop students’ vital research skills such as critical reasoning as well as practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. The programme will ensure students are job-ready and can apply the results of their excellent research to deliver impact. 
How to apply

  • Please email Rosaline Percival at for an application form, no later than 3.00pm on 7 July 2017
  • Applications will need to be received no later than 3.00pm on 21 July 2017.
  • Interviews for suitable candidates will be arranged for the second half of August 2017.

References do not need to be included with the application, but will be required for shortlisted applicants.

Please ensure that all required documents are submitted together with your application as we are unable to consider incomplete applications.

You should assume that your application has been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us by the interview date.

Annual stipend: £16,057

Fee level of sponsorship: UK/EU fee level. International candidates would need to demonstrate that they can fund the difference in fees for each year of registration, currently £9,004 (for academic year 2016/17)

Deadline for applications: 3.00pm BST, Friday 21 July 2017

Eligibility: only UK/EU candidates are eligible to apply. A First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree and/or Masters degree is required from a recognised course involving a space technology or engineering element.

English Language: If you are not from an English speaking country, or have not studied at a UK university before, you will need to show proof of internet-based IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent qualification). For IELTS, you need a minimum score of 5.5 in each component. Please see these pages for further information

Expected start date: September or October 2017

Duration: 1 year full time