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8030f-11 - Materials Engineering MPhil, PhD

Materials Engineering MPhil, PhD

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Start in: September 2022

Our Materials Engineering degree includes the development, specification and engineering applications of new and existing materials.

Overview

As a postgraduate researcher in materials engineering you will be based in the School of Engineering. Our research areas include:

  • kinetics and formation mechanisms of new materials
  • predictive modelling based upon mechanistic understanding

Work covers the production, property measurement and performance assessment of:

  • ceramics
  • polymers
  • metals
  • composites

Your research will focus on:

  • understanding the physical and chemical descriptions that underlie materials performance
  • developing property and performance models of materials

We focus on developing new materials for advanced engineering applications. This includes:

  • microelectronics
  • optics
  • power transmission

Current research projects include:

  • developing novel surface engineering processes and materials (such as fullerene-like coating materials)
  • energy-based methods for performance modelling
  • nanomaterials and nanocharacterisation techniques
  • novel materials for intensified processes

A major research strength is the measurement and modelling of the mechanical response of materials at high-spatial resolution, particularly in microelectronic and optical devices. A combination of unique equipment and interdisciplinary expertise supports this.

Another research focus is the materials requirements for the sustainable development and use of key resources, in particular water and energy. We have significant research into:

  • the generation of energy from novel sources
  • low carbon and renewable technologies
  • the clean-up of effluent and wastewater

Our major areas of research are:

  • fuel cells and energy systems
  • gasification
  • cold plasma gasification
  • bio-fuel cells
  • bio-diesel production
  • gas and water treatment
  • nano-structured polymer composites for pollution control
  • sustainable and environmental electrochemical systems
  • photochemical processes and electrochemical synthesis

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Qualifications explained

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How you'll learn

Your development

Research skills

The School of Engineering runs a postgraduate training programme. It is compulsory for all new students and involves selected taught modules. You also receive research training from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School. This covers:

  • professional/key skills
  • personal development
  • research techniques

You'll have the opportunity to supplement your income by doing:

  • laboratory demonstrating
  • tutorial classes

Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) researcher development programme 

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the SAgE researcher development programme

Doctoral training and partnerships

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:

  • Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:

  • they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
  • they’re often interdisciplinary
  • your PhD will normally be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:

Your future

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

The School of Engineering has a wide range of attractive facilities.

The School occupies five floors in Merz Court. We provide a student common room and a separate student study space.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Postgraduate Research Administrator
School of Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7340
Email: soe.pgr.chemeng@ncl.ac.uk

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