Research course

Polymer and Advanced Materials Research Group

Aston University · School of Engineering and Applied Science

Entry requirements

Equivalent of a good UK Honours degree (first or upper second class) in chemistry, materials science, biology, biochemistry, physics or chemical engineering. For further information about entry requirements, please contact Aston University.

Months of entry


Course content

The Group is a leading broad-based polymer research group of national and international standing with expertise in basic and applied multidisciplinary research into polymers and biomaterials; from novel design and synthesis, to melt processing and the role of specialty additives and antioxidants, through to their performance in service for industrial, biological and medical applications.

The research activities of the Group focus on three main areas: design and development of biomaterials, synthesis of polymers, and processing, performance and applications of polymer materials.

Department specialisms

Control of polymer architecture, ferro-magnetic polymer synthesis, biodegradable packaging materials, ring opening polymerization, novel route to plasticizers, polymer stabilisation, reactive processing and extrusion, polymer recyclability.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0 (5.5 minimum in each section) or TOEFL 550 / 213 is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

EPSRC, QINETIQ and industry funding may be available only to UK / EU students. There are no scholarships available for non-EU students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Research Co-ordinator
0121 204 3663