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Materials Engineering MPhil, PhD

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

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Start date(s):

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • April 2024
Postgraduate Open Day Wednesday 8 February 2023 register now

Overview

Our research areas within Materials Engineering 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 material's performance. You'll also work towards developing property and performance models of materials

We focus on developing new materials for advanced engineering applications. This includes microelectronics, optics and 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

One of our research strengths is measurement and modelling of the mechanical response of materials at high-spatial-resolution. This is particularly in microelectronic and optical devices. A combination of unique equipment and interdisciplinary expertise supports this. Another research focus is the materials requirements for sustainable development. This includes the 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
  • application of materials for the healthcare sector
  • the clean-up of effluent and wastewater.

Our major research topics include:

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

Our mission is to foster, promote and conduct research of international quality. We attract high-quality graduates and researchers and train them to international standards.

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How you'll learn

Your development

The School of Engineering runs a postgraduate training programme. It is compulsory for all new students and involves selected taught modules. You'll receive research training from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School. This covers professional/key skills, personal development and research techniques.

You may supplement your income by leading laboratory demonstrations and 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, you'll build your transferable skills and increase your confidence. Here 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.

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within:

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

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits. They combine research expertise and training of many leading universities and academic schools. You’ll study alongside a cohort of other interdisciplinary PhD students.

PhD's are usually funded. You’ll find funding opportunities in the fees and funding section of each PhD course page.

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

Your future

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

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

It has an exceptional range of laboratories equipped with a wide range of analytical instrumentation supporting our research, teaching and contract research projects.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

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  • 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.

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

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

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