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Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #380 (QS) Canterbury, United Kingdom
The Mechanical Engineering Group in School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) offers a Masters by Research (MRes) as well as a PhD programme in Mechanical Engineering at University of Kent. A full time MRes is a one year programme that leads to a research thesis. The duration for PhD programme is three years.
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Overview

The PhD programme in Mechanical Engineering at University of Kent in the Mechanical Engineering Group will allow you to undertake cutting-edge projects in advanced fields of Mechanical Engineering.

The School has state-of-the-art facilities and experimental equipment to support students’ research such as 3-D printer, wind tunnel, dynamic testing machines, mechatronic units and non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment. The School provides research students the opportunity to participate in regular research seminars and workshops. We also offer research students the possibility of attending international conferences organised by Mechanical Engineering societies to present their work.

Our one year MSc by Research in Mechanical Engineering is an internationally recognised advanced postgraduate research degree, providing an ideal foundation for advanced skills and knowledge. Traditional MSc degrees primarily contain taught modules, whilst an MSc by Research is heavily research or practice-based and you learn through hands-on projects.

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

We undertake high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to research degrees, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before your intended start date.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 to 4 years full-time

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      5 to 6 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research fields include:

  • computer aided design (CAD)
  • failure of materials and structures
  • computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • automation and manufacturing
  • risk and reliability
  • industrial maintenance
  • robotics and autonomous systems
  • and digital mechanics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    85

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A 2:2 or higher honours degree or MSc with Merit or above in suitable subjects such as mechanical, material, civil, and structural engineering, mathematics.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19800 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Home/EU part-time:  £2204 per year
  • International part-time: £9900 per year

Living costs for Canterbury

  • 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.

Funding

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