Why choose this programme
The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies (MiNMaT) is a four-year doctoral programme for researchers who aspire to important leadership positions in industry. Study combines industrially relevant research with taught courses, and it gives you the opportunity to work closely with one of our industrial partners.
The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT solves challenging and industrially relevant problems through a profound understanding of processing-microstructure-property relationships. We have a unique focus on characterisation, and we provide sponsoring organisations with the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment.
As a research engineer, you’ll be recruited to work with a specific sponsor on a mutually agreed project, and you’ll be based primarily on the sponsoring organisation’s premises.
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 and jet engines.
The University of Surrey ranked 15th in the UK for research power for engineering by the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. We are now also ranked in the top 20 in the UK for the overall quality of research outputs – research papers and other published works.
What you will study
Our EngD will give you the knowledge, skills and expertise needed for a career in industry, research or academia. You’ll be intellectually challenged, develop research and management skills, and become an expert in the field. Working in an industrial organisation will give you experience of fast-paced commercial environments, which will be of great value to your future career.
Our doctorate programme is designed to help you develop specialist scientific and technical knowledge while working in an industrial environment. The research you’ll carry out will be unique to you: it will take on an industrially relevant research problem (or problems) and incorporate a significant degree of advanced characterisation. Most of your research will be done at your sponsor’s premises.
You’ll be supervised by a minimum of two members of academic staff, plus at least one industrial supervisor, who’ll provide a wealth of experience and expertise in this field of study and in industry. They’ll guide you through your EngD and develop you into an independent researcher and an ‘industry-ready’ graduate.
Normal registration takes 48 months. However, it can take a maximum of 54 months to complete.
The professional development of postgraduate researchers is supported by the Doctoral College, which provides training in essential skills through its Researcher Development Programme of workshops, mentoring and coaching. A dedicated postgraduate Careers and Employability team will help you prepare for a successful career after the completion of your PhD.
- Characterisation of materials at the micro and nanoscale
- Manipulation and application of materials at the micro and nanoscale.
Our academic staff
See a full list of all our academic staff within the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.
Being based at a sponsoring organisation means the facilities you’ll most often use are actually those of the company in which you’re embedded, though you’ll also have access to the University’s facilities.
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).
International entry requirements by country
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.
Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.
Start date: September 2023
- To be confirmed
For fees payable in 2022/23, 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 2022 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.
There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey. Find out more.
The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT (Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies) is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Fees and living costs are met by the Centre through its funding streams. More detailed information is available from the Centre Manager following an expression of interest.
How to apply
Please contact the Programme Leader, Noelle Hartley, for more information about applying for this course.
If you are applying for a studentship to work on a particular project, you should enter the details of the specific project that you wish to apply for rather than your own research proposal.
Code of practice for research degrees
Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees. The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.
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