Engineering

MPhil/PhD

  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 36 Months, Part time 48 Months

Overview

Applications for postgraduate study (full-time, part-time and industry-based) by research, leading to a PhD are welcomed. Research in the department is grouped into five main areas, each drawing on a range of different fields. The areas are:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering of Microwaves, Terahertz and Light (E-MIT)
  • Energy
  • Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Structures, Materials and Manufacturing

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in an engineering or associated discipline, ideally supplemented by a masters-level qualification.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements

As part of your application you also need to provide a viable research proposal. Guidance for writing a research proposal can be found here.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £4,596 £2,298
International £23,360 £11,680

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

How to apply for an Engineering PhD

We offer a number of different routes to beginning your PhD study.

Research Areas

  • Chemical Engineering

    Investigating all the relevant aspects of chemical and biochemical engineering, from fundamental science to engineering applications.

  • E-MIT and Electronics

    A group focusing on research spanning from digital electronics and materials to high-frequency applications.

  • Energy

    Addressing major scientific and technological challenges in emerging energy technologies and sustainability.

  • Nuclear Science and Engineering

    Our approach in nuclear research covers robotics, instrumentation, and chemical engineering.

  • Structures, Materials and Manufacturing

    Understanding functional materials, composite systems, structural health monitoring, production processes and technologies.

Facilities

  • Additive Manufacturing

    We have a wide range of 3D printers and additive manufacturing technology, allowing you to easily create bespoke components for your projects.

  • Robotics

    Our robotics laboratory is specially catered for designing and making robots for use in hazardous locations, such as nuclear power plants.

  • Wave Energy Tank

    Our wave tank is a valuable teaching aid. This allows us to observe the behaviour of surface waves and how they can affect large-scale engineering projects.

  • Chemical Labs

    Our chemical laboratories allow us to engineer better materials for new technological developments. You will study corrosion, conductivity and electrochemical impedance.

  • Nuclear Engineering

    Our Neutron and UTGARD laboratories allow us to research and develop the latest benefits of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is used in a wide range of sectors, from healthcare to national security.

  • Microwave and Millimetre Wave

    We work with Lancaster's Quantum Technology Centre and the Cockroft Institute for Accelerator Science & Technology allowing us to research mixed signal electronics and microfluidic technologies.

  • Fuel Cells

    We have two fuel cell laboratories, including a gas-safe laboratory for the 24-hour running of fuel cells. We investigate the area of electrochemical energy conversion and storage.

  • Materials Science

    We are working to understand and engineer how materials interact through their surfaces and interfaces. Our facilities allow us to model materials from the electronic and molecular structure, up to large scale simulations.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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