An EngD in MiNMaT is the perfect opportunity to gain professional experience and a doctorate degree in a multidisciplinary environment that combines material science, engineering and physics all packed together in an exciting and cutting-edge research!

Diana Duarte RAL

Why choose this course?

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.

What you will study

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; 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.

EngD overview

The MiNMaT EngD is a four-year doctoral programme for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry.

The research element of the programme is unique to each Research Engineer. It will tackle an industrially relevant research problem (or problems) and incorporate a significant degree of advanced characterisation.

The majority of the research element will be undertaken at the sponsor’s premises.

One of the key distinguishing features of the EngD is the programme of courses. These are designed with two aims in mind; to develop specialist scientific/technical knowledge and to provide professional development in non-scientific areas such as project management and communications skills. There are mandatory and elective courses, all normally a week in duration.

Courses must be passed in order to proceed to the next level of the programme.

Year 1

  • Induction
  • Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Characterisation of Advanced Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • One or more of the three required electives
  • Elements of ILM 3 and Communications Portfolio

Year 2

  • Research Methods - Written and Oral Communication
  • One or more of the three required electives
  • EngD Conference
  • Elements of the ILM 3 and Communications Portfolio

Year 3

  • EngD Conference
  • Elements of ILM3 and Communications Portfolio

Year 4

  • EngD Conference
  • Elements of ILM3 and Communications Portfolio


The Centre was established in 2008 and since then has received £9M from the EPSRC. It offers a four year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Programme in Micro and NanoMaterials and Technologies (MiNMaT).

The Research Engineer (RE) is embedded in industry, with a sponsoring organisation, returning to the University periodically to undertake the taught element of this managed programme and make use of materials characterisation facilities.

Research areas

  • Adhesive bonding
  • Aerodynamics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Ceramics
  • Composites, solid mechanics and design
  • Computational fluid mechanics
  • Energy generation and harvesting
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Materials for infrastructure
  • Nanomaterials
  • Smart materials
  • Surface and interface reactions in materials science
  • Tissue engineering
  • Tyre dynamics
  • Turbomachinery
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Wind energy


Our significant experimental 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.

The EngD programme is funded principally by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Surrey and by our sponsoring organisations.

A successful application brings a stipend of around £19,500 per annum, normally tax free.

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
EngD Full-time 48 months October

Entry Requirements

In addition to the appropriate academic qualifications (a First or Upper Second Class Degree or a Masters with Merit at 60 per cent or above), which are specific to each project, students must:

  • have settled status in the UK with no restrictions on length of stay
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the funding
  • not be residing in the UK for wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

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English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 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.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £4195 £20,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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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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