Postgraduate prospectus

Engineering - Research, MPhil/PhD

Enjoy world-class specialist laboratories and a diverse community when you study a research degree in Engineering (MPhil/PhD) at the University of Greenwich.

The Department of Engineering is home to around 50 MPhil and PhD students across seven research groups. We focus on important real-world issues, supported by research funding of around £1.6 million per year. As a research student, you'll receive guidance and support from expert supervisors throughout your registration. You'll normally enrol as an MPhil student and progress to PhD following a review of your first year's work.

Research groups in the faculty focus on areas including product development, infrastructure management, sustainability in civil engineering, internet security, mobile and wireless communications and manufacturing engineering. You'll be able to take advantage of our world-class specialist engineering laboratories, which have recently been refurbished with unique facilities.

Campus

Medway

Duration

  • 3-4 years full-time
  • 5-7 years part-time

Start month

September; March; April; October

Home/international fees

2021/22 fees

What you should know about this course

  • You study at our Medway Campus in Kent and benefit from our world-class specialist and integrated engineering laboratories.
  • You can enrol on the MPhil/PhD programme at any time during the academic year.
  • Your MPhil registration is for 18-36 months full-time and 30-48 months part-time. The MPhil/PhD lasts 36-48 months full-time and 48-84 months part-time.

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What you will study

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About the course team

The School of Engineering has specialist academic and senior research staff, as well as highly skilled technical support staff. Our Research Groups have strong industrial and academic connections to an extended team of experts, which keeps us informed of latest research, standards and industrial practice. You'll also receive comprehensive training from our Research and Enterprise Training Institute (RETI) throughout your studies.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

  • A taught Master's degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (e.g. Merit level or above), in a generic subject area relevant to the subject matter of the proposed research project, and/or
  • A First Class or Second Class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours degree in a subject area relevant to the proposed research project.

In addition to the above, applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the English Language requirement, which is:

OR

  • an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements, or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

For further information and the application form, see applying for a postgraduate research degree.

If you would like to contact the Faculty, please email: fes_research_office@gre.ac.uk.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Teaching

MPhil/PhD students are usually allocated two supervisors to guide you through your research project. Your supervisors are usually research staff from within the faculty, although one may be appointed from another department or from outside the university.

Class sizes

The School of Engineering is home to around 60 MPhil and PhD students across four research groups.

Independent learning

A research degree is a major piece of original work. Most of your study time will be spent working independently, with support from your supervisory team.

You may also wish to factor in other research activity, such as participation at seminars, events and conferences, or working towards publications.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job over a 3-year period. For part-time students, this will adjust accordingly.

Assessment

The MPhil/PhD Programme is assessed by a written thesis and a viva including an external examiner, an internal examiner and a panel chair. For PhD study, you will register for the MPhil initially and undergo an upgrade review after a year of research to determine your readiness for full PhD registration.

Feedback summary

You receive regular feedback from your supervisory team, which meets formally every two weeks, but informally much more often. A faculty-level committee reviews your progress annually and helps to shape the direction of the project.

The oral examination (or viva) takes place a few weeks after the submission of the thesis and is assessed by an external researcher knowledgeable in the field of study.

Dates and timetables

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

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2020/2021 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* March, April and October 2021 starters pay the 2020/2021 fees.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

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

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. Our Employer Partnerships Manager develops relationships with companies to provide employment opportunities.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Each student is assigned to at least two supervisors, of whom one is designated the lead supervisor. The supervisors would have complementary technical knowledge and project management experiences in the student's area of investigation. In addition, all members of related research Group will provide advice and support as required. The Programme Leader will also provide general guidance and support, as will the teaching team. In many cases, industrial supervisors are included in the supervision team to provide timely industrial requirements, trends, knowledge and support.

Support from the department

All students prepare a research proposal identifying a programme of work and the equipment and resources required.

The School of Engineering is fully equipped to support students across a range of disciplines. You also have access to state-of-the-art industrial technologies during projects with our local engineering collaborators including BAE Systems, Cummins Power Generation, Ford, Delphi, Thales, Atlas Copco and 3M.

Advice, guidance and support is available from a range of sources in the Faculty of Engineering and Science and across the University.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.