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Mechanical Engineering PhD

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Degree awarded: Doctor of Philosophy

Duration: 36 Months [Full-Time] / 72 Months [Part-Time]

Entry requirements:

The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either:

i) a First class UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD

ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, or equivalent international qualifications

Contact email: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 275 4345

How to apply:  

  1. Online Application Form in which you should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research.
  2. Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must also provide an official translation.
  3. C.V. summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research.
  4. Research Proposal outlining your research project. This should include the title of the project, objectives of the research, methodology you will employ, a literature review, demonstration of your ability to conduct this research and the importance of this research.

Once we have received this documentation and if your qualifications meet our academic entry requirements, your application material will then be sent to your potential supervisor for consideration.

If the academic supervisor is interested in supervising your research, they will contact you to arrange an interview either in person or by Skype/telephone. The supervisor can then decide whether they wish to make you an offer of a place on the programme.

If your application is successful at this stage, we can issue a formal offer letter and request any additional documentation that is required, including:

  • English Language qualification (if applicable) - IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (with no sub-test below 5.5).
  • Two letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. Reference letters must be written on official letter headed paper and be signed and dated by the referee (reference letters must be less than 1 year old).

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

Our postgraduate research programmes in Mechanical Engineering offer the opportunity to study in a multi-disciplinary team alongside leading academics in the field. Drawing on our expertise in advanced machining, resource efficient manufacturing, micro and nano fabrication, bio-manufacturing, laser engineering and more we deliver solutions to improve manufacturing capability, productivity, sustainability and emerging advanced technologies.

Your research will be supported by state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. We have strong links with industry and excellent employability. 

Open days

Our Postgraduate Research Open Day is held in October. However to find out more about the School we would encourage you to take an online tour of our facilities and hear from some of our current students and staff on our Virtual Open Day .

If you have any other questions about the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering , please do not hesitate to contact us at: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,195
    International students (per annum): Standard £21,000, Band 1 £22,000, Band 2 £25,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees  or contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships: Funding opportunities

Academic entry qualification overview:

The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either:

i) a First class UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD

ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, or equivalent international qualifications

English language:

All applicants must obtain the required English language score indicated below:

IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 or equivalent (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or

IBT TOEFL greater than or equal to 90 (with no sub-test below 22)

English language test validity: Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country  

How to apply

 
  1. Online Application Form in which you should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research.
  2. Degree certificates and academic transcripts of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must also provide an official translation.
  3. C.V. summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research.
  4. Research Proposal outlining your research project. This should include the title of the project, objectives of the research, methodology you will employ, a literature review, demonstration of your ability to conduct this research and the importance of this research.

Once we have received this documentation and if your qualifications meet our academic entry requirements, your application material will then be sent to your potential supervisor for consideration.

If the academic supervisor is interested in supervising your research, they will contact you to arrange an interview either in person or by Skype/telephone. The supervisor can then decide whether they wish to make you an offer of a place on the programme.

If your application is successful at this stage, we can issue a formal offer letter and request any additional documentation that is required, including:

  • English Language qualification (if applicable) - IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (with no sub-test below 5.5).
  • Two letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. Reference letters must be written on official letter headed paper and be signed and dated by the referee (reference letters must be less than 1 year old).

Advice to applicants

All applications are considered once we receive an online application and supporting documents.

If you have any questions about the application process or about our entry requirements please do contact us at  pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk  and we will be happy to advise you further.

Programme description

Our postgraduate research programmes in Mechanical Engineering offer the opportunity to study in a multi-disciplinary team alongside leading academics in the field. Drawing on our expertise in advanced machining, resource efficient manufacturing, micro and nano fabrication, bio-manufacturing, laser engineering and more we deliver solutions to improve manufacturing capability, productivity, sustainability and emerging advanced technologies.

Your research will be supported by state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. We have strong links with industry and excellent employability. 

Aims

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

A PhD is the target of most postgraduate students who relish the opportunity to undertake a research project with intellectual, scientific, industrial or commercial challenges. Individuals with relevant industrial experience are also encouraged to apply for this level of graduate work, which is of particular value for personal and professional development.

Our research students have the opportunity to develop their skills through robust and flexible training that is designed to:

  • Develop the research skills needed to plan and conduct research, write a thesis and disseminate research findings to stakeholders and the international research community;
  • Gain understanding of the wide variety of research undertaken within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and in relevant disciplines across the University;
  • Equip each student with the broader skills to become world leading industry professionals and researchers in the next generation.

All of our research degree programmes are based on supportive supervision in our outstanding research environment. You will carry out a programme of research in a particular area under the supervision of a primary supervisor and one or more co-supervisors. Your primary supervisor would be a research active member of academic staff in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Co-supervisors may be from another discipline, another institution or even an external organisation, such as an industrial partner, selected to suit the project scope and specific skills required.

Teaching and learning

All candidates for the degree of PhD must undertake a skills review at the beginning of their degree to determine their research, transferable and generic skills requirements. The review will provide the basis for a planned programme of skills training and development. The outcomes of the review and programme of skills development must be discussed and agreed by the student and the supervisory team. The supervisory team will be responsible for ensuring that the student has access to the required skills training and development opportunities.

Students admitted to the degree of PhD must demonstrate satisfactory progress before the end of the first year by submission of a progress report which will be discussed at a formal progress meeting with the supervisory team and an independent assessor. Successful completion enables progression into the next year.

During your studies you will be encouraged to give seminars and write papers for scientific journals and conferences. You will also have access to a broad programme of skills training and professional development. This will help you to complete your research effectively and to keep you at the leading edge of developments in learning and teaching, innovation, enterprise and knowledge transfer to help you succeed in future employment.

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a period of supervised research and training, the results of which show convincing evidence of the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and make an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is assessed by oral examination (viva voce).

Facilities

The School has an extensive range of experimental facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email:  disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Undertaking a PhD in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is both challenging and rewarding. Not only does it provide you with the opportunity to strengthen your research ability but it will also help you to develop a much wider range of skills, required to develop your career in business and industry or in research and an academic environment.

Graduates from the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering leave with a breadth of strong technical and inter-personal skills and expertise far beyond their particular degree specialism. They progress into a wide variety of careers within engineering (e.g. consulting engineers, R&D companies, construction sector) academia, public services (e.g. civil service, policy change) and commerce (e.g. IT, finance). The acquisition of a PhD degree provides a significant career acceleration and facilitates entry into positions with greater responsibility and diverse opportunities. Furthermore, it increasingly provides entrepreneurial opportunities, exploiting skills and knowledge acquired during the programme.

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