Ph. D. On Campus

Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies

University of Surrey

54 months
23400 GBP/year
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The Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies programme of the University of Surrey is a four-year doctoral programme for researchers who aspire to important leadership positions in industry. Study combines industrially relevant research with taught courses, and it gives you the opportunity to work closely with one of our industrial partners.


Why choose this programme

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT solves challenging and industrially relevant problems through a profound understanding of processing-microstructure-property relationships. We have a unique focus on characterisation, and we provide sponsoring organisations with the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment.

As a research engineer, you’ll be recruited to work with a specific sponsor on a mutually agreed project, and you’ll be based primarily on the sponsoring organisation’s premises.

Our work ranges from the manipulation of atoms and molecules to the design, analysis and development of large structures, leading to innovations in products as diverse as supercapacitors and jet engines.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 80 per cent of our ‘general engineering’ research outputs were rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

What you will study

Our EngD will give you the knowledge, skills and expertise needed for a career in industry, research or academia. You’ll be intellectually challenged, develop research and management skills, and become an expert in the field. Working in an industrial organisation will give you experience of fast-paced commercial environments, which will be of great value to your future career.

The Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies programme of the University of Surrey is designed to help you develop specialist scientific and technical knowledge while working in an industrial environment. The research you’ll carry out will be unique to you: it will take on an industrially relevant research problem (or problems) and incorporate a significant degree of advanced characterisation. Most of your research will be done at your sponsor’s premises.

You’ll be supervised by a minimum of two members of academic staff, plus at least one industrial supervisor, who’ll provide a wealth of experience and expertise in this field of study and in industry. They’ll guide you through your EngD and develop you into an independent researcher and an ‘industry-ready’ graduate.

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Characterisation of materials at the micro and nanoscale 
  • Manipulation and application of materials at the micro and nanoscale.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 54 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23400 GBP per year during 54 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 54 months.
  • UK: to be confirmed

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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