Research degrees funding

The University of Manchester is committed to supporting postgraduate research students via a range of funding opportunities.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is highly successful in attracting sponsorship for research students, in particular from the research councils, industry, trusts and charities.

Studentships normally cover full payment of tuition fees plus a stipend for living expenses. The amount awarded is specified for each individual project. If you are interested in applying for a studentship please read the criteria very carefully to ensure that you are eligible for consideration before you apply. 

  • President's Doctoral Scholarship Award

    The University of Manchester's President's Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS Award) for September 2017 entry is open to all nationalities and research areas.

    Within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, PDS Award funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities. 

    Closing date: 5 December 2016

    Further details are available from: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

  • Faculty PhD Studentships

    Applications are invited from outstanding applications for three-year PhD Scholarships commencing in September 2017.

    These are extremely competitive awards and are open to all nationalities and research areas with lead supervisor in the School of MACE. Awards will be on the basis of evidence of academic ability and research aptitude.

    Nominations to School of MACE by: March 2017 

    Enquiries: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk 

  • Research Impact Scholarship

    The University of Manchester is offering a Research Impact Scholarship for September 2017 entry.

    Awards will be made to exceptional candidates who undertake research in the following areas: Discovery, Energy and Sustainability, Graphene and Enterprise, Global Inequalities or Healthy Futures.

    The Scholarship will be for a period of up to 3 years and will provide a stipend of £14,000 per year. The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in Seprember 2017.

    Closing date: 7 April 2017 (applicants must have an academic offer for the PhD programme in place by the closing date)

    Enquiries: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

  • Beacon Scholarship

    The following funded projects are currently open for application:

     

     
    Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to extend our understanding of cold-cracking in RPV steels. In partnership with EDF in the framework of a MACE-Beacons award.
     
    Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students. Overseas students will need to identify additional funding to cover the difference in fees.
     
    Closing date: 31st July 2017
     
     
    Further details are available from: Professor Mike Smith 
     
     
     
    Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to work on the development of an approach and associated computer codes to guice the investment in drainage systems. In partnership with Thames Water Utilities Ltd in the framework of a MACE-Beacons award.
     
    Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students. Overseas students will need to identify additional funding to cover the difference in fees.
     
    Closing date: 15th August 2017
     
     
    Further details are available from: Professor Julien Harou or Dr Andrea Bottacin-Busolin

     

  • Fully funded studentships

    The following fully funded projects are currently open for application:

     

    Reduction tip end-wall losses in compressors using macro/micro surface structure

    This is a fully funded Industrial CASE EPSRC project funded by Dyson. 

    In pursuit of higher efficiency, wider operating range and more compact components, methods capable of reducing pressure losses in turbomachines are constantly being sought. This research project aims to achieve a significant reduction of end-wall loss and tip leakage loss in compressors using micro/macro surface structures. At the beginning of the project, the surface features will be designed with the aid of numerical simulations and be manufactured using advanced manufacturing techniques. A series of carefully designed experiments will then be carried out in a linear cascade to investigate the effect of changing pattern geometry on end-wall losses and tip losses, to identify the optimal geometry for given incoming flow conditions and to establish the physical flow mechanisms at play. Based on the experimental results, design guidelines for selection of surface structures for practical settings will be also developed.

    Closing date: 31 August 2017. Further details are available from Dr Shan Zhong: shan.zhong@manchester.ac.uk

          

    If you are interested in applying for any of the above projects please forward your CV to the supervisor directly and complete an Application form available at How to apply.

  • Exceptional Women in Engineering PhD Scholarship

    The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is offering a full funded PhD studentship to an outstanding female candidate through a newly-established scheme. Applications are invited from Home/EU or International candidates.

    The studentship will be for a period of up to 3 years and will cover standard fees at either the Home/EU or standard International rate in addition to an annual stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,553). The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in January or April 2018.

    Closing date: Candidates can only be nominated by an applicant's supervisor.  The deadline for nominations is 13 October 2017 and candidates must have secured an academic offer of study for a place on the PhD programme prior to the nomination deadline.  Please apply online.

    Further details are available from: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

  • Management of Projects PhD studentship

    The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is offering a Management of Projects PhD Studentship 2017-18‌ to an outstanding PhD candidate. Applications are invited from home/EU or international candidates who have graduated with a Distinction in their dissertation and an overall award with Distinction from an MSc in Management of Projects awarded by the University of Manchester since July 2012.

    The studentship will be for a period of up to 3 years and will cover standard fees at either the Home/EU or standard international rate in addition to an annual stipend at the standard RCUK rate (£14,553). The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in January 2018.

    Closing date: You must have an academic offer in place by 27th October 2017 in order to be considered for this funding.  Please apply online.

    Further details are available from pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

  • Technical PhD studentship

    The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is offering a Technical PhD Studentship 2017/18‌ to an outstanding PhD candidate. Applications are invited from home/EU or international candidates who have graduated with a Distinction from one of the following University of Manchester, Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering MSc programmes since July 2012:

    • Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering Design
    • Reliability Engineering and Asset Management
    • Structural Engineering
    • Thermal Power and Fluid Engineering

    The studentship will be for a period of up to 3 years and will cover standard fees at either the Home/EU or standard international rate in addition to an annual stipend at the RCUK rate (£14,553). The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in January or April 2018.

    Closing date: You must have an academic offer in place by 27th October 2017 in order to be considered for this funding. Please apply online.

    Please also refer to the Osborne Reynolds Doctoral Scholarship for further opportunities.

    Further details are available from: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

  • Osborne Reynolds Doctoral Scholarship

    The Osborne Reynolds Doctoral Scholarship has been established in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) with the aim to support outstanding PhD students in the area of 'turbulent fluid mechanics'.

    One scholarship will be awarded annually (for a minimum of three years), with the first scholarship commencing in academic year 2016/17. The award provides a total amount of £1,200 annually for each Scholarship. The scholarship is open to students of all nationalities who have been accepted for a full time PhD programme in subjects related to 'turbulent fluid mechanics'. No preference will be given between computational and experimental research or between 'fundamental' and 'applied' topics.

    High quality applicants interested in conducting research on subjects related to the turbulent fluid mechanics are encouraged to apply for this scheme by noting their interest in consideration for this scholarship in their academic on-line application form. No specific application form is needed for the scholarship. 

    High quality students applying under the MACE Technical PhD studentship for the January 2018 entry are eligible and encouraged to apply for this scheme if their PhD research proposals/projects are on aspects related to 'turbulent fluid mechanics'.

    Closing date: You must have an academic offer in place by 27th October 2017 in order to be considered for this funding. Please apply online.

    Further details are available from: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

  • Research scholarships for UK and EU students

    The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is in a position to offer funding to graduates from any of our MEng programmes in a range of research areas.

    These Scholarships will be supplied from the School’s DTA funding, which is derived from EPSRC. As such they are available to Home students. EU students may be considered for these awards if they have completed all of their undergraduate studies in Manchester. In the first instance the awards are only being advertised internally and the intention is to allocate them to School graduates if possible.

    Please check our academic entry requirements for the research degree you wish to apply for. The evaluation criteria will be predominantly based on overall degree classification, but will also be influenced by performance in units of study directly related to the proposed area of research.

    Review research themes and staff expertise before completing your application form. Applicants are strongly advised to contact the supervisors of projects in which they have an interest to discuss what the work will entail. 

    In order to be considered you must submit an application for the relevant programme online. 

  • Centres for Doctoral Training studentships

     

    The Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) programmes offer Fully funded 4 Year PhD studentships in a variety of research areas. These UK Research Council funded programmes provide doctoral study within a dynamic research culture that encourages innovative, cross-disciplinary collaboration. Each programme also offers targeted training to prepare you for your research project and your future career.

    The following CDT supported PhD projects are currently offered by supervisors in the School of MACE:

     

    CDT for Materials for Demanding Environments:

    Development of advanced laser processes for multiscale surface modification of functional electrodes in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer instrumentation (Dr Olivier Allegre and Dr Zhu Liu)

    Development of improved methods for defect tolerance assessment of stainless steel components in nuclear plan (Professor Bob Ainsworth)

      

    CDT in Power Networks:

    Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] in Power Network Operation [A study of the Wholesale Electricity Market] (Dr Peter Fenn and Dr Ian Stewart)

    Blockchain-based electricity trading for power networks - stakeholder-informed modelling (Professor Syd Howell and Dr Maria Sharmina)

    Carbon emissions from a power station with high-penetration of spatially distributed renewables (Dr Jaise Kuriakose and Dr Konstantinos Kopsidas)

     

    The University of Manchester hosts several Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) programmes. These are fully funded PhD programmes in Science and Engineering, with added training to prepare you for your research and future career. To learn more about all of our CDT programmes please visit our website.

  • External funding schemes

    Below is a list of organisations which offer funding to students of specific nationalities or gender. If any further information is required such as eligibility and criteria details please contact the organisation directly.

    Scholarships

    • LPDP Funding Indonesia - Full funding for students with Indonesian nationality, graduated from an accredited Indonesian university or an overseas university acknowledged by the Indonesian Higher Education Directorate (DIKTI), maximum age 40 (for PhD programme).
    • UK-India Education and Research Initiative - UKREI. This is a major government funding initiative supported by the DfES, FCO and OSI. 
    • British Chevening Scholarships - These scholarships are prestigious awards funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office given to students for study in any subject area but preference is given to postgraduate students or those with an established career.
    • Commonwealth Scholarships - Postgraduate scholarships for Commonwealth students administered by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
    • Fulbright student Scholarships - Applicants from the United States can apply to the US-UK Fulbright Commission for a Fulbright Award. 
    • British Marshall Scholarships - Scholarships for high calibers graduate students from the US to study in the UK. 
    • British Federation of Women Graduates - Scholarships available for female postgraduate research students.
    • Croucher Foundation - Scholarships for Hong Kong born students. 
    • Institute of Mechanical Engineers - for exceptional graduates from an accredited mechanical engineering degree programme.
    • Global Education Program (GEP) - Russian government funding program that offers Russian citizens an opportunity to study at leading foreign higher education institutions. 

    Support funding

    There are many other organisations not included in this list that maybe able to offer support. Students should apply directly to the relevant organisation.

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