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!
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; 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 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.
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.
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.