Engineering - Research, MPhil/PhD Postgraduate prospectus

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3-4 years full time

5-7 years part time



The Engineering Departments within the Faculty of Engineering and Science have a population of around 50 MPhil/PhD students working in seven research groups, focusing on practical and important real life problems. This work is supported by research funding of around £1.6 million per annum.

Degree structure

Each student normally first enrols on the MPhil degree. After completing the first year of the MPhil, the student's progress is reviewed, and, if considered satisfactory, the student is permitted to transfer to the PhD for a further two to three years of research. A student who does not wish to continue at this point may write up and submit the work to be considered for an MPhil degree.

Academic support

MPhil/PhD students are usually provided with two supervisors, who guide them through the research. The supervisors are usually research staff from within the faculty, although a supervisor may be appointed from another Department or from outside the university. The faculty also offers a one-year Engineering, MSc by Research.

Research groups

Research groups in the faculty include:

  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • The Manufacturing Engineering Research Group
  • The Mobile and Wireless Communications Research Laboratory
  • The Internet Security Research Laboratory
  • The Centre for Innovative Product Development
  • The Infrastructure Management Research Group
  • The Sustainability in Civil Engineering Research Group.

If your research area does not fall exactly into one of the following categories, do contact us on 020 8331 9000 or to discuss your requirements.

Enrolment date

Enrolment on the PhD/MPhil programme can take place at any time during the academic year.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A good first degree, typically 2.1 or above in a related subject.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

Each application is considered on its own merits, so entry requirements may vary.

Extra information


Students are assessed through their research, thesis and a viva voce examination.


Graduates from this programme can pursue a wide range of career opportunities in industry, government and academia.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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