Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD

Why choose this course?

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. The programme combines industrially-relevant research with taught courses, and 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 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 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 through to jet engines. 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’.

What you will study

Our MiNMaT EngD will give you the knowledge, skills and expertise needed for a career in industry, in 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 undertake 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.

To begin with, you’ll spend five weeks at the University of Surrey where you’ll be provided with core materials, research and project management skills. After that, you’ll transfer to your sponsoring organisation for the remainder of your studies. Throughout the programme you’ll undertake a series of one-week intensive residential courses. These courses are designed to help you develop specialist scientific and technical knowledge, and to provide professional development in non-scientific areas such as project management and communications skills. With a mix of compulsory and elective courses, you’ll build a personalised training portfolio. You will need to pass all courses before you submit your thesis at the end of the programme.

You’ll be supervised by a minimum of two members of academic staff, plus at least one industrial supervisor, who will provide a wealth of experience and expertise in the 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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
EngD Full-time 45 months October
Stag Hill

Additional costs

There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey. Find out more.

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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Our students

  • Sam Simons, PhD Medical Engineering

    “I enjoy discovering new things.”

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  • Ed Williamson, EngD MiNMaT

    "The overall experience of pursuing an EngD with the University of Surrey has been both incredibly enjoyable and rewarding."

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  • Alex Bates, MSc Biomedical Engineering

    “I feel that Surrey’s MSc in Biomedical Engineering not only gave me a broad knowledge-base of the subject, but also an understanding of a career in academia.”

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Research themes

  • Characterisation
  • Manipulation and application of materials at the micro and nano-scale

Research facilities

Being based at a sponsoring organisation means that the facilities you will most often use are actually those of the company in which you are embedded, though you’ll also have access to the University’s own facilities.

Entry requirements

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.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

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.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time October To be confirmed £20,800

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.

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Funding and studentships

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Studentship

Supervisor(s) To be confirmed
Application deadline 18 March 2018
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Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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