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)
- Nuclear Science and Engineering
- Structures, Materials and Manufacturing
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.
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.
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Fees and Funding
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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.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2022, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2023 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Fees in subsequent years
The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.
- Electronic Engineering MSc
- Engineering MSc by Research
- Engineering Project Management MSc
- Materials Science MSc by Research
- Materials Science PhD
- Mechanical Engineering (Advanced) MSc
- Mechanical Engineering with Project Management MSc
- Natural Sciences MSc by Research
- Natural Sciences PhD
- Process Automation MSc
- Process Automation PgDip
How to apply for an Engineering PhD
We offer a number of different routes to beginning your PhD study.
Investigating all the relevant aspects of chemical and biochemical engineering, from fundamental science to engineering applications.
A group focusing on research spanning from digital electronics and materials to high-frequency applications.
Addressing major scientific and technological challenges in emerging energy technologies and sustainability.
Our approach in nuclear research covers robotics, instrumentation, and chemical engineering.
Understanding functional materials, composite systems, structural health monitoring, production processes and technologies.
We have a wide range of 3D printers and additive manufacturing technology, allowing you to easily create bespoke components for your projects.
Our robotics laboratory is specially catered for designing and making robots for use in hazardous locations, such as nuclear power plants.
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.
Our chemical laboratories allow us to engineer better materials for new technological developments. You will study corrosion, conductivity and electrochemical impedance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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