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 2018 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: This application process has closed.  Details of the PDS awards for September 2019 entry will appear here in late 2018.

    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 2018.

    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 2018 

    Enquiries: pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk 

  • Research Impact Scholarship

    The University of Manchester is offering a Research Impact Scholarship for September 2018 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 September 2018.

    Closing date: 30 March 2018 (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:

     

    Hyperthermal Atomic Oxygen Effects on Satellite Systems

    Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to study the effects of atomic oxygen on spacecraft hardware like solar array assemblies. Based on experimental results you will perceive the dominant mechanisms of the gas-surface interaction and devise design changes in other to improve lifetime to expected targets.  This is offered in partnership with GomSpace 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: tbc

    Further details are available from: Dr Peter Roberts

     

     
    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: This project is currently accepting applications
     
    Further details are available from: Professor Mike Smith 
     
     
     
    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.

     

  • Fully funded studentships

    The following fully funded projects are currently open for application:

     

    Simulation and optimisation of integrated water-energy systems to explore potential for intermittent renewables and regional power pools

    The world is moving into an unprecedented era of dam-building with more than 3700 large hydropower dams currently planned or under construction, many in developing countries. These projects, and their connections to wider energy and water systems, have the potential to contribute significantly to the economic and social changes that underpin global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This PhD project seeks to build approaches and tools that help ensure dams are selected, designed and operated to support resilient and sustainable national, regional and global development under climate change. This will be achieved by understanding and assessing dams as interdependent human-nexus (water-energy-food-environment) system interventions and enabling stakeholders to negotiate economic, social, political and ecological impacts despite future uncertainty.

    Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for International or Home/EU students.

    Closing date: 31 August 2018 for a September 2018 start.  Further details are available from Anthony Hurford: anthony.hurford@manchester.ac.uk

     

    Mixed finite elements in geometric discretisation of elasticity

    A PhD position, fully funded for 42 months for UK/EU citizens, is available for a highly motivated, mathematically and computationally skilful person with knowledge of solid mechanics and/or discrete calculus. The studentship is associated with a 5-year project “Geometric Mechanics of Solids” (GEMS) funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

    The overall aims of GEMS are to develop, verify and validate, a new mathematical description of the deformation and fracture behaviour of solid materials, and its software implementation for massively parallel computations. The idea is to consider solids as discrete topological spaces, described with the methods of algebraic topology, and to calculate their behaviour by the methods of discrete exterior calculus, delivering a new computational technology. It is expected that this technology will allow for demonstrating how different longer length-scale mechanical and physical properties emerge from the topology (order) and geometry (sizes) of shorter length-scale material’s structures. It is further expected, that the approach will allow for rigorous resolution of failure initiation in solids, a problem unresolvable within the classical continuum description. It is finally expected, that the technology will be computationally superior to the classical numerical methods for continuum problems, such as the Finite Element Method (FEM), while being exact compared to such methods.

    The students will join a large research group - Mechanics and Physics of Solids (for more information visit https://mapos.manchester.ac.uk) - and will particularly collaborate with three academic and three post-doctoral members of the GEMS project.

    Closing date: Applications are currently accepted for September 2018 start.  For informal enquiries please contact Prof Andrey Jivkov: andrey.jivkov@manchester.ac.uk

     

    Jones - DOE-EPSRC

    A new research partnership funded jointly between the DOE (USA) and EPSRC (UK) aims to study the mechanisms of retention and transport of fission products in virgin and irradiated nuclear graphite. The PhD project sits within a newly funded 1.5M research consortium involving the University of Manchester, Loughborough University, University of Central Florida and North Carolina State University. The successful candidate will be able to work directly with collaborators from these top US universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    The key aims of the project at Manchester are to better understand mechanisms associated with fission product transportation in nuclear graphite.  We will study the microstructural and spectroscopic properties of graphite using state of the art 4D X-ray and TEM tomography in order to understand the migration, retention and release of particular fission products in graphite with the aim to correlate microstructure characteristics to long term graphite behaviour. Complimentary analysis such as Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen porosimetry and diffractometry may also be used to understand FP interactions.

    Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students.

    Closing date: Applications are currently accepted for September 2018 start.  Further details are available from Dr Abbie Jones: abbie.jones@manchester.ac.uk

     

    Design by Science

    The Universities of Manchester and Birmingham are working together in a £1M project, “Design by Science”, that aims to develop an “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering” (ICME) framework for multi-scale modelling of the entire process, starting with thermo-mechanical processing of the metal powder, then welding the powder-formed component to conventionally processed steel, and finally putting the component into service.

    The student will join the “Design by Science” team at Manchester. They will undertake the fabrication and characterisation of small and large scale welded components made from HIP’d AISI 316L steel, and apply both detailed microscopy and a range of material properties testing techniques to understand how HiP’d material behaves during the welding process. The knowledge gained will be incorporated into microstructurally informed continuum computational models of stress and distortion development in engineering-scale components, which will in turn be validated using techniques such as neutron and synchrotron diffraction.

    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: Applications are currently accepted.  Further details are available from Prof Mike Smith (mike.c.smith@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 fully 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.

    Candidates can only be nominated by an applicant's supervisor 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.

    Closing date: Students do not apply for this studentship.  Instead, nominations for this studentship are made by the supervisory team. Nominees must hold an offer of study for a PhD programme in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering by 2 November 2018 to be eligible for consideration.

    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 (£14,777). The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in January 2018.

    Closing date: Students do not apply for this studentship.  Instead, nominations for this studentship are made by the supervisory team. Nominees must hold an offer of study for a PhD programme in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering by 26 October 2018 to be eligible for consideration.

    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 MSc programmes since July 2013:

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

    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 (£14,777). The successful candidate would be expected to register on the PhD programme in January or April 2019.

    Closing date: Students do not apply for this studentship.  Instead, nominations for this studentship are made by the supervisory team. Nominees must hold an offer of study for a PhD programme in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering by 26 October 2018 to be eligible for consideration.

    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 award in the 2016/17 academic year. 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 for the MACE Technical PhD studentship 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: This has now closed for entry in January 2018.  The closing date for the January 2019 award will be confirmed in summer 2018.

    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 4 Year PhD studentships in a variety of research areas.  These studentships are fully funded and include university fees and a stipend of £17,500 pa for UK and qualifying EU nationals.

    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:

    Implementation of efficient big data analysis techniques  to develop intelligent energy networks (Dr Sergey Utyuzhnikov and Professor Dominique Laurence)

    Design of Resilient and Sustainable Water-Energy Mega-Systems (Dr Mathaios Panteli and Professor Julien Harou)

    Power networks for the future of aviation and shipping (Dr John Broderick and Professor Alice Larkin)

    Realising local energy systems – co-benefits and infrastructure challenges (Dr Carly McLachlan and Professor Joseph Mutale)

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

     

    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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