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.

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.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

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).

View 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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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.

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.

View a complete list of all fees for our research programmes.

Studentships

We have a host of partly and fully-funded studentship opportunities available.

Development of novel radiation-grafted powder ionomers for use in high performance alkali membrane fuel cells

Funding information:
Funding status: Directly Funded Project (European/UK Students only) EU/UK  fees for 3 years: 2018-19 level £4195 Standard stipend for 3 years: 2017-18 level £14,553 £5k bench fees across three-year project

Integrated Control Systems for Safe Automated Driving in Emergency Conditions

Funding information:
The studentship will cover fees and a stipend for Home and EU applicants.

Metal Halide Perovskites for Photovoltaic and Light-Emission Applications

Funding information:
Applicants must have a masters degree or first class undergraduate (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the time of start of the PhD. The post is open for home-fee qualifying applicants.

Postgraduate open afternoon

Visit the University to find out more about studying here

Webinars

Join a webinar and engage with our world-class academics

Discover

Find us

Address
01SE01, Senate House
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH