Materials Engineering, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16585
    Tuition (Year)
    4540
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #190 ,
Materials Engineering includes the development, specification and engineering applications of new and existing materials. Your research will focus on understanding the physical and chemical descriptions that underlie materials performance, and develop property and performance models of materials.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

As a postgraduate researcher in Materials Engineering you will be based in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials. Our research areas include kinetics and formation mechanisms of new materials, and predictive modelling based upon mechanistic understanding. Work covers the production, property measurement and performance assessment of:

  • ceramics
  • polymers
  • metals
  • composites

We focus on developing new materials for advanced engineering applications, including microelectronics, optics and power transmission.

Current research projects include:

  • developing novel surface engineering processes and materials (such as fullerene-like coating materials)
  • energy-based methods for performance modelling
  • nanomaterials and nanocharacterisation techniques
  • novel materials for intensified processes

A major research strength is the measurement and modelling of the mechanical response of materials at high-spatial resolution, particularly in microelectronic and optical devices. A combination of unique equipment and interdisciplinary expertise supports this.

Another research focus is the materials requirements for the sustainable development and use of key resources, in particular water and energy. We have significant research into the generation of energy from novel sources, low carbon and renewable technologies and the clean-up of effluent and wastewater.

Our major areas of research are:

  • fuel cells and energy systems
  • gasification
  • cold plasma gasification
  • bio-fuel cells
  • bio-diesel production
  • gas and water treatment
  • nano-structured polymer composites for pollution control
  • sustainable and environmental electrochemical systems
  • photochemical processes and electrochemical synthesis

The School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials runs a postgraduate training programme that is compulsory for all new students and involves selected taught modules. You also receive research training from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School that covers professional/key skills, personal development and research techniques. You have the opportunity to supplement your income by undertaking laboratory demonstrating and tutorial classes.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply. We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open

Programme Structure

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.


English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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Academic Requirements

2:1 honours degree and preferably a master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16585 International
  • GBP 4540 EU/EEA
UK/EU

  • Full time: £4,540-£10,165
  • Part time: £2,270-£5,080

International

  • Full time: £16,585-£22,210

Funding

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