Doctorate Degrees in Materials Science

Compare 25 PhD Programs in Materials Science

A Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, is a postgraduate degree that is offered in many different disciplines, both in the humanities and in the sciences. Students will typically need to study extensively for at least four years, as well as complete a thesis or dissertation, in order to successfully complete the program.

What is a PhD in Material Science? Usually combined with engineering, a PhD in Material Science provides advanced studies in the chemical properties and structures of composite materials like ceramics, metals, rubbers, polymers and semiconductors. The study can be further differentiated into such areas as fuel cells, hydrogen storage, photonics, lasers, nanostructured materials, solar cells, protein biochemistry and biotechnology, and super capacitors. Many programs particularly emphasize the study of renewable resources with respect to energy.

Studying material science in greater depth is a way of analytically breaking down and understanding the world around you. In addition to enhancing one’s knowledge in a specific area, it also improves the student’s ability for critical thinking and problem solving, and applying one’s curiosity effectively.

The associated costs of the degree will depend on which institution you choose and the program you apply to. Opting for an online course of study is one way that many use to reduce their expenses.

The career possibilities for graduates with this degree will depend on the area or specialty they have chosen, such as plastics, lasers, fuel, etc. Within their area, they may focus on research and new product development or may be involved in manufacturing and production. Graduates are hired by research facilities, government departments, laboratories, universities and technology and manufacturing companies of all kinds.

Achieving a doctorate degree in material science can greatly enhance your ability to find a top paying job in this field. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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PhD Studentship in The development of a multi-sensor measurement system for in-process defect detection of metal additive manufacturing

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

PhD opportunity to support the development of a multi-sensor measurement system for in-process defect detection of metal additive manufacturing. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. PhD opportunity to support the development of a multi-sensor measurement system for in-process defect detection of metal additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as ‘3D printing’, is revolutionising the way we manufacture parts; permitting almost limitless design freedom and allowing more organic, more lightweight and more bespoke solutions. However production of metal parts by AM is a highly energetic and challenging process and the current state of the technology cannot produce parts with the consistency or geometric tolerances that are required for many applications. Through process monitoring we can improve part quality. Key parameters such as melt pool temperature, powder bed temperature and part form and part texture can be difficult to observe; requiring novel solutions. This PhD studentship offers the opportunity to work alongside leading researchers who are developing novel multi-sensor methods of measurement for AM surfaces. The multi-sensor measurement approach aims to fuse data collected by multiple measurement systems, allowing sources of noise to be rejected, and clearer insights to be made. The successful applicant will work alongside experienced researchers in developing a prototype multi-sensor measurement system, with responsibility for the development of the data capture and data fusion methods. Qualifications/ Education Excellent degree in engineering, computer science, science, or equivalent, qualifying the candidate for obtaining a doctoral degree Skills/Training Strong skill in computational methods or programming Good communication skills Ability to present scientific work in oral and written format Experience General engineering experience Experience with data fusion methods highly desirable Experience with... [-]

EPSRC iCASE PhD studentship, Multi-scale, multi-modal imaging of nanoporous catalysts

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

The project will combine computerised x-ray tomography (CXT), dual-beam electron microscopy, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the structure of nanoporous heterogeneous catalysts, over length-scales from millimetres to nanometres, and transport processes within the nanostructure. [+]

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the area of improving the design of new industrial catalysts using a combination of state-of-the-art imaging techniques and pore structure characterisation methods. The project will combine computerised x-ray tomography (CXT), dual-beam electron microscopy, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the structure of nanoporous heterogeneous catalysts, over length-scales from millimetres to nanometres, and transport processes within the nanostructure. The project will employ novel MRI methods using hyperpolarised gases to study diffusion. The project thus offers the potential to gain expertise in a range of modern imaging and pore structure characterisation methods, and also an insight into catalyst design. Heterogeneous catalysis is a key sector of British high-end manufacturing. Maintaining competitiveness of the British catalyst industry requires the continued development of ever higher-performance products, delivering improved catalytic activity and chemical selectivity. For products catalysing diffusion-limited reaction systems, increasing the pellet effectiveness factor is key to delivering improved performance. This requires a detailed understanding of the factors in pellet pore structure that limit mass transport, and the parameters in the manufacturing process that produce these particular pore structure features. This project will consider the relationship between pellet forming processes, and pellet transport properties, as mediated by the pellet structural characteristics that a particular set of forming conditions produce. It will consider how changing particular parameters of the manufacturing process leads to specific changes in the pellet structure, and determine the impact of those features on the rate of mass transport. The project will thus... [-]

PhD Studentship in EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub: New manufacturing techniques for optimised fibre architectures

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This project aims to discover new 3D textile preform architectures for high performance composite structures. Computational modelling will evaluate the utility of different textile designs within an optimisation framework, based on processing and mechanical properties, to determine the best solution for a particular application. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub: New manufacturing techniques for optimised fibre architectures Project Description This project aims to discover new 3D textile preform architectures for high performance composite structures. Computational modelling will evaluate the utility of different textile designs within an optimisation framework, based on processing and mechanical properties, to determine the best solution for a particular application. This framework will not be constrained to architectures that can be produced using existing manufacturing technologies, such as weaving or braiding. Optimum textile preforms will be realised either by modifying existing textile processes or, where potential benefits justify, by developing entirely bespoke manufacturing technologies. Nottingham’s proprietary textile modelling software, TexGen, will be developed to produce unit cell models of non-conventional textile forms, relaxing constraints to enable groups of fibres to follow an arbitrary path in 3D space. A multi-objective optimisation framework will be developed to achieve optimum processing and mechanical properties, which will be applied to a number of case studies to identify optimum material forms. Supervisor: Prof Andrew Long Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentships in the Composites Research Group at the University of Nottingham. There are currently 2 available positions, which are being funded by the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub. Successful applicants will be based at Nottingham and will: Work directly with leading academics and industrial partners from the composites supply chain Have the opportunity to undertake a 3 month secondment with an industrial partner Have the opportunity to spend up to 3... [-]

PhD Studentship in EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub: Technologies Framework for Automated Dry Fibre Placement (ADFP)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This project is part of a Hub core programme in collaboration with the University of Bristol to develop improved understanding of dry fibre automated fibre placement technologies. ADFP is a relatively new technology and many challenges remain, primarily around the fundamental understanding of processing parameters, such as temperature, feed rate and compaction pressure. [+]

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in the Composites Research Group at the University of Nottingham, which is being funded by the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub. Project Description This project is part of a Hub core programme in collaboration with the University of Bristol to develop improved understanding of dry fibre automated fibre placement technologies. ADFP is a relatively new technology and many challenges remain, primarily around the fundamental understanding of processing parameters, such as temperature, feed rate and compaction pressure. Through tack characterisation of tow materials matched with rheological data for the binder, a fundamental understanding of the functional mechanisms behind surface interactions during dry tow placement will be developed, leading to predictive models for the interdependency of processing temperature and rate to obtain optimal adhesion levels of the binder. The capability to successfully infuse large structures will also be improved by tailoring the preform design by engineering tow gaps to form a network of dual flow capillaries without compromising structural performance. Optimal lay-up strategies for faster and defect-free infusion will be investigated through geometric modelling (TexGen) coupled with commercial flow modelling software and optimisation frameworks. The Successful applicant will be based at Nottingham and will: Work directly with leading academics and industrial partners from the composites supply chain Have the opportunity to undertake a 3 month secondment with an industrial partner Have the opportunity to spend up to 3 months visiting one of 20 international research institutions Have access to taught elements of the... [-]

EngD in Additive Manufacturing (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

Discovery, understanding and innovation in AM is a key element of the research strategy of both this CDT and the EPSRC Centre in AM. The overriding concerns of AM research and the broader community prioritise process control (repeatability) and the effects of (multi) material deposition – be this from a design, manufacturing or material standpoint. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. Research themes Discovery, understanding and innovation in AM is a key element of the research strategy of both this CDT and the EPSRC Centre in AM. The overriding concerns of AM research and the broader community prioritise process control (repeatability) and the effects of (multi) material deposition – be this from a design, manufacturing or material standpoint. This broader research challenge not only exists to counter the lack of innovation currently afforded by current AM processes and systems but also the requirements of new multi-material AM that aims to produce graded and multi-functional components in single builds. The CDT has identified a number of cross-cutting themes to tackle the research challenges and move towards the successful deployment and increased efficacy of AM and 3DP. Deposition, is an overarching challenge both in term of design, material and process capability and is core to the CDT in AM research vision. Graded is, in effect, the next stage on from deposition, whereby materials are mixed and deposited on an ever-increasing resolution in order to effect greater and more complex functionality from graded material placement. The development of graduated structures that are fully designed and understood in terms of their final properties and capabilities is a significant multidisciplinary activity. Control, will enable existing and future AM processes and systems to actively monitor and adapt the AM processes in order for them to produce the functionalised component with the correct resolution, accuracy and importantly repeatability, not seen in todays single material... [-]

PhD Materials Engineering and Materials Design

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

Research involving materials processing and characterisation with a diversity of applications. MPhil/PhD projects are specialised research projects defined in conjunction with supervisors and can cover many different fields within this discipline, for example nanomaterial engineering, bioengineering, laser processing and advanced composite materials to name a few fields. [+]

Research involving materials processing and characterisation with a diversity of applications. MPhil/PhD projects are specialised research projects defined in conjunction with supervisors and can cover many different fields within this discipline, for example nanomaterial engineering, bioengineering, laser processing and advanced composite materials to name a few fields. This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a 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 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 realisation 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... [-]

DTech in Metallurgy Engineering

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

At this level,a qualifying student will be competent in conducting original research and development at a specialised level in Metallurgical Engineering, thus contributing to the research and development needs and knowledge base of the metallurgical industry and mining community. The qualified student will be able to register with ECSA as a Professional Technologist. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. At this level,a qualifying student will be competent in conducting original research and development at a specialised level in Metallurgical Engineering, thus contributing to the research and development needs and knowledge base of the metallurgical industry and mining community. The qualified student will be able to register with ECSA as a Professional Technologist. Admission requirements and selection criteria An appropriate Magister Technologiae or an equivalent qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are selected on academic merit and approved field of study. Conferment of the degree The DTech: Engineering Metallurgy will be conferred on students who have completed the research programme and thesis successfully. [-]

DTech in Extraction Metallurgy

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

At this level,a qualifying student will be competent in conducting original research and development at a specialised level in Metallurgical Engineering, thus contributing to the research and development needs and knowledge base of the metallurgical industry and mining community. The qualified student will be able to register with ECSA as a Professional Technologist. [+]

At this level,a qualifying student will be competent in conducting original research and development at a specialised level in Metallurgical Engineering, thus contributing to the research and development needs and knowledge base of the metallurgical industry and mining community. The qualified student will be able to register with ECSA as a Professional Technologist. Admission requirements and selection criteria An appropriate Magister Technologiae or an equivalent qualification of an equivalent standard. Students are selected on academic merit and approved field of study. Conferment of the degree The DTech: Extraction Metallurgy is conferred on students who have completed the research programme and thesis successfully. [-]

PhD in Materials Science at Montana State University

American Consortium of Universities (INTERLINK)
Campus September 2017 USA Louisville

The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. Research specialties are focused in four areas: Biomaterials Electronic, photonic and magnetic materials Materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation Materials synthesis, processing and fabrication The curriculum integrates a broad range of physical science and engineering disciplines with an even broader range of applications, from health and medicine to nanotechnology to energy, environment and natural resources. Application Deadlines Review of applications begins in January and continues until all slots are full. Priority is given to early applicants. Required Tests The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Materials Science Program. Theses scores must be received directly from ETS. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488. International Applicants English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived. Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on... [-]

Doctoral Programme in Advanced Materials and Processing

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time October 2017 Portugal Guimarães

AdvamTech is a PhD sponsored by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for the Science and Technology), and it integrates all universities where scientific research in the field of Materials Science and Engineering is performed, namely Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade da Beira Interior, Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade do Porto and Universidade do Minho. [+]

Doctoral Programme in Advanced Materials and Processing AdvamTech is a PhD sponsored by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Portuguese Foundation for the Science and Technology), and it integrates all universities where scientific research in the field of Materials Science and Engineering is performed, namely Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade da Beira Interior, Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade do Porto and Universidade do Minho. Seventy per cent of all technical innovations are directly or indirectly linked to materials. This percentage has been increasing since 1970 and is forecast to continue increasing steadily until 2030Æ Advanced Materials have been identified by the European Commission as one of the five Key Enabling Technologies. The doctoral program proposed on Advanced Materials and Processing is in?line with this reality¨ offering a widely interdisciplinary 3rd Cycle¨ built from the competence and experience of the research institutions and academic departments involved. The program is tuned with high ranking European Universities¨ Institutes and running European PhD network programs¨ turning so the graduates more competitive worldwide and in particular in Europe¨ besides opening routes of R&D collaboration of the personnel involved¨ strengthen so Portuguese competitiveness towards European R&D projects and networking Access to higher education The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level Careers The holders of PhD degree in Advanced Materials and Processing will possess proper skills for to take positions of responsibility in the development and coordination of scientific research, management of complex processes... [-]

Doctoral Programme in Materials Engineering

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time October 2017 Portugal Guimarães

The goal of the Doctoral Programme in Materials Engineering is to train experts and researchers in the area of Materials Engineering, which are highly qualified and able to perform autonomous research, development and innovation work in academic or industry environment. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. Doctoral Programme in Materials Engineering The goal of the Doctoral Programme in Materials Engineering is to train experts and researchers in the area of Materials Engineering, which are highly qualified and able to perform autonomous research, development and innovation work in academic or industry environment. The programme is organized according to the following principles: To complete the training of master and 1st cycle degree holders in the areas of Sciences and Engineering, granting advanced training in emergent areas of Materials Engineering, namely regarding innovation and development of materials/products, technologies and processes for new applications. To develop research methodology and experimentation skills which allow the autonomous development (either individually or within a research team) of research and development (R&D) activities covering all aspects of the R6D process: revision of the state-of-the-art, project planning, selection and application of research methods and procedures, writing R&D results reports, etc. Access to higher education The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level. Careers The holders of PhD degree in Materials Engineering will possess proper skills for to take positions of responsibility in the development and coordination of scientific research, management of complex processes and high-qualified people, both in the industrial as in technical-scientific research systems at level national and international. [-]

Doctoral Programme in science and engineering of polymers and composites

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time October 2017 Portugal Guimarães

The objective of the course is providing the relevant educational and scientific knowledge. [+]

Doctoral Programme in science and engineering of polymers and composites The objective of the course is providing the relevant educational and scientific knowledge that will be required to: i) encourage students to develop, in a independent way, scientific work and deeply advanced research in the envisaged field, ii) provide students advanced knowledge in the field of science and engineering of polymers and composites, iii) deepen the knowledge acquired by students in previous cycle courses in order to provide them a better training and preparation to the active life, so they may contribute to the advancement of current knowledge in the science and engineering of polymers and composites through a research creative, critical and independent Access to higher education The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level Careers Holders of PhD degree in science and engineering of polymers and composites will possess proper skills for to take positions of responsibility in the development and coordination of scientific research, management of complex processes and high-qualified people, both in the industrial as in technical-scientific research systems at level national and international. [-]

PhD in Material Science & Engineering

National Central University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE) was founded in August, 2005, and currently offers both master and doctoral programs. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (IMSE) was founded in August, 2005, and currently offers both master and doctoral programs. The long-term aim of our institute is to establish a world-class materials science research teaching unit. As for short-term, we focus on developing renewable energy and hydrogen-related technology by combining different fields of research within NCU, such as Nano-structures, catalysts, energy, and environment. Hydrogen production, solar cells, LEDs, fuel cells, secondary batteries, and super capacitors are our important topics. IMSE currently consists of 7 faculties, 2 chair professor, 2 joint faculties, and 2 adjunct faculties. In addition to the institute office , there are individual offices for all the professors in IMSE. Superior integration with the Center of Precision Instruments has provided the necessary facilities for materials studies, fully supporting our high-quality and advanced research. Fundamental Core Courses Special Topics on Surface Analysis Phase Transformation Electronic Materials Science Electrochemistry Heat treatment Solid State Materials Physics Professional Development Courses Processing of Semiconductor Thin Films Processing and Characterization of Nano-materials Materials for Hydrogen Energy Special Topic on Electrochemistry Introduction to Semiconductor Devices Amorphous metallic alloys Requirements for Graduation Required credits : 18 credits Duration of Study : 2~7 years Other Requirements : 4 of the 6 core courses should be selected; students should pass at least 3 of them. Seminar course should be taken four semesters. Research Facilities & Labs Raman Spectrometer (Uni RAM) Low-vacuum SEM (Hitachi 3500N) Focus Ion Beam (FEI Versa 3D) Field-emission SEM (FEI NOVA... [-]

PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering

National Central University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

The department offers a curriculum with a broad spectrum of courses, uniquely merging the core chemical engineering training with the fundamental knowledge of materials science/engineering and further strengthened with the in-depth studies on emerging research and industrial fields. [+]

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of NCU is one of the leading institutions in engineering education and is reputed for its world-class accomplishments in research. The department offers a curriculum with a broad spectrum of courses, uniquely merging the core chemical engineering training with the fundamental knowledge of materials science/engineering and further strengthened with the in-depth studies on emerging research and industrial fields. The research and teaching interests of our faculty members include: Biochemical & biomedical engineering, catalysis & reactor design, thermodynamics (chemical, solid-state, fluid-phase equilibrium), colloid & interface science, electrochemistry, packaging of electronic materials, novel material synthesis, polymer science & engineering, and soft matter physics & materials. Through close collaborations among our faculty members and conduction of cutting-edge researches in the department, we bridge the interfaces among different disciplines and are in a better position to widen the horizon of our students and educate the interdisciplinary-minded engineers of the future. Fundamental Courses Advanced Transport Phenomena Materials Physics Materials Characterization Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Soft Materials Professional Courses Electronic Materials Science Diffusion in Solid Materials Biomedical Engineering Bio-inspired Materials Characterization of Materials Residual Stress Fundamental Physics and Applications of X-ray/Neutron Scattering and Reflection Requirements for Graduation Required credits : 18 credits (including Seminars for 2 semesters & Dissertation Research for 4 semesters) Duration of Study : 2~7 years Other requirements : Pass the oral exam of the dissertation defense Pass 4 of the 6 fundamental courses. Factors of the papers published in internationally recognized... [-]

Ph.D. Program in Materials Science

Montana Tech
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Butte

Ph.D. Program in Materials Science – A collaborative, interdisciplinary program with the University of Montana-Missoula and Montana State University-Bozeman. Research specialties include biomaterials; electronic, photonic and magnetic (EPM) materials; materials for energy storage, conversion and conservation; and materials synthesis, processing and fabrication. [+]

PhDs in Materials Science. Materials Science Ph.D. Program The Materials Science Ph.D. program is designed to provide students maximum flexibility with access to premier facilities and professors at three campuses. The Montana University System announces an exciting new collaborative program offering Montana’s first Ph.D. in Materials Science. The program includes the departments, faculty, courses and research infrastructure of the campuses of the University of Montana, Montana State University and Montana Tech. Research specialties are focused in four areas: Biomaterials Electronic, photonic and magnetic materials Materials for energy storage, conversion, and conservation Materials synthesis, processing, and fabrication The curriculum integrates a broad range of physical science and engineering disciplines with an even broader range of applications, from health and medicine to nanotechnology to energy, environment and natural resources. Mission The mission of the MUS MatSci Ph.D. program is to advance knowledge and techniques while preparing the next generation of leaders in materials research, application, and education. The program’s vision is to become a top-ranked program, sought after by students, sponsoring agencies, and industry, with high student demand, placement success, and positive impact on Montana’s economy. Core Values Academic quality Integrity Interdisciplinarity and collaboration, with administrative processes transparent to the students Service and value to Montana, the nation, and the world Efficiency and effectiveness [-]