I have been studying for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering Sciences since January 2013. There are many things I have learnt, and experiences I have gained, in this short amount of time. As my background has been in Chemistry, it has been fascinating to work in the surface and interface reactions group. I have learned how to use the instruments of the surface analysis laboratory, the approach to take with research problems as well as manage a project.
If you are intrigued by aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, engineering materials, fluid mechanics, environmental flow and advanced vehicle development, our Mechanical Engineering Sciences research programmes will enable you to explore and learn more about the world around you.
Our PhD and EPSRC CDT in MiNMaT EngD options, together with excellent facilities, will let you test the cutting-edge of science and make new discoveries.
The last decade or so has seen a significant and sustained investment in experimental facilities within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and there are now facilities that represent a significant resource, not only nationally but also on the international stage.
This enables world class research to be carried out in our chosen areas of endeavour. The Department hosts the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Thermo-Fluids Systems and the EPSRC’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Micro and NanoMaterials and Technologies.
We carry out problem solving research for the benefit of society in a number of well-defined areas: biomedical engineering; engineering materials; fluid mechanics and environmental flow; and advanced vehicle development.
Our work ranges from the manipulation of atoms and molecules to the design, analysis and development of large structures, leading to innovations in products as diverse as supercapacitors through to jet engines.
The cohorts of doctoral students within the Department study for a PhD as full-time (with some part-time or collaborative) students or an EngD associated with the MiNMaT CDT, the balance being approximately 60:40.
Our facilities include:
Many of these facilities are located in recently refurbished laboratory spaces ensuring an environment conducive to high quality research. Specimen size is no barrier to our research and, for example, it is possible to determine the mechanical properties of structures from a carbon nanotube up to a five metre beam!
Our research attracts funding from both industrial and government sources. There are a number of fully funded PhD studentships available to UK and EU nationals. Other sources of funding may also be available.