PhD Materials Engineering and Materials Design


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Program Description

This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around three years.


Facilities include a range of materials-testing and characterisation techniques, including an electron microscope suite, networked computers to support computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) using industry-standard software packages; solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, vibration, control, mechatronics; a full range of wind tunnels including a climatic tunnel; aero-engine test rigs and associated equipment and processes; fully automated 3D and 2D laser Doppler Anemometers and particle image velocimeters; a water jet cutting machine; high precision scales; and a welding system.

We continue to invest in first-rate facilities and equipment dedicated to teaching. There are computer rooms and design laboratories with networked PCs to support computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) using industry-standard software packages.

We also have workshops and laboratories for 'hands-on' investigations, experiments and realization of designs. Our students tell us that workshop, design class, and laboratory sessions are some of the most enjoyable parts of our courses.

Research support

Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each Ph.D. student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to a research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.

All Ph.D. students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance.

The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognized our faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training. The faculty has excellent links with industry and will ensure you develop transferable skills that will be of benefit in a variety of careers. You will also have access to the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: 2.1 (or international equivalent) and/or masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)
Last updated November 2018

About the School

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