Research course

Mechanical Engineering

Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Built Environment

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

Our PhD Mechanical Engineering course is supervised by our Engineering Analysis, Simulation and Tribology (EAST) research group. EAST embraces the core disciplines of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer.

Our research is focussed on the modelling of renewable energy bio-mass gasification, algae, solar evaporation systems, the tribological life-cycle (wear and scuffing) analysis, boundary lubrication "clean technology" aspects of internal combustion (IC) engines. Our fluid flow and convective heat transfer research is being conducted on the theory of convection in tube bundle cross flow optimisation and jet-flows. The theoretical research concentrates on CFD and finite element (FE) studies (simulation tools).

We also carry out research in a three-phase slurry flow optimisation. our current projects include:

  • design and development of an air atomizer to administer Airborne 10 into atmosphere
  • design and development of renewable energy extraction from the ocean
  • development of world's first known theoretical Tribology simulation package based on numerical and genetic algorithms
  • manufacturing process heat recovery and water recycling system design
  • development of the new techniques for experimental probabilistic design method.

Much of the research within EAST focuses on the study of nonlinear problems as applied to mechanical energy absorbers, from localised shell and panel buckling to simplified models with modified material cards. Significant advances using HYPERWORKS, LS-DYNA 3D, ANSYS and PAMCRASH have been made in modelling the folding of vehicle structure and impact barriers during crash tests. Research into design and testing of passive and active energy absorbers for earthquake damping and roadside pedestrian protection systems are the core activities of this sub-area.

Information for international students

To apply for our postgraduate Research Degrees, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our International Student webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Visit: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & technology Admissions Team
0845 271 3333