Automotive Engineering PhD
Why choose this course
The University of Surrey’s Centre for Automotive Engineering (CAE) provides world-class technical research for vehicle analysis, including all electric and hybrid powertrains, vehicle dynamics simulation, tyre dynamics simulation, design and simulation of vehicle subsystems (brakes, steering, suspension, chassis control systems design), design of experimental test benches, lightweight chassis design and vehicle aerodynamics. 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’.
A PhD programme in automotive engineering will allow you to test the cutting-edge of science and make new discoveries. Our excellent laboratories and facilities are nationally and internationally recognised, and a stage for world-class research. We provide a multidisciplinary environment where doctoral students from different disciplines can meet and work together on applied engineering research topics with direct impacts on society.
Our researchers also regularly collaborate with industry, including work with Rolls-Royce, Dstl, and Jaguar Landrover. We are also host to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Thermo-Fluids Systems and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Micro and Nanomaterials and Technologies.
What you will study
Our PhD in Automotive Engineering will give you the knowledge, skills and expertise needed for a career in engineering, research or academia. You’ll be intellectually challenged, develop research and management skills, and become an expert in your chosen field of study.
It normally takes around three years to complete a full-time PhD. You’ll be assigned a minimum of two supervisors, who will guide you through your PhD. You’ll learn how to conduct literature review, how to develop your ideas and verify them with experiments, and how to collaborate and perform interdisciplinary research. Over time, we’ll develop your skills into an independent researcher.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|PhD||Full-time||48 months||January 2019|
|PhD||Full-time||48 months||October 2018|
|PhD||Part-time||96 months||January 2019|
|PhD||Part-time||96 months||October 2018|
|PhD||Full-time||48 months||April 2018|
|PhD||Full-time||48 months||July 2018|
|PhD||Part-time||96 months||April 2018|
|PhD||Part-time||96 months||July 2018|
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- Automotive engineering
- Computational fluid mechanics
- Hybrid vehicles
- Tyre dynamics
- Vehicle dynamics
As a PhD student within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, you’ll have access to all our facilities, including our hardware in loop testing facilities for vehicles and our mechanical testing facilities.
Our facilities include:
- Environmental Flow (EnFlo) laboratory
- Fluid dynamics supercomputer cluster
- Gait laboratory
- Hardware in loop testing facilities for vehicles
- Mechanical testing facilities
- MicroStructural Studies Unit
- Surface Analysis laboratory
- Functional Nanomatarials laboratory
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).
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.
Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
|Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Oversees fees|
For fees payable in 2018/19, these will increase by 4 per cent, rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).
Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.