Research course

Surface Science 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 a suitable engineering or science subject. For further information about entry requirements, contact Aston University.

Months of entry


Course content

This leading academic Group specialises in studies of physical and chemical surface interactions in the areas of information storage systems and plasma processing of semi-conductors, including the deposition and characterization of ultra thin films which have applications in information storage, displays, micro-electrical mechanical systems, semiconductor devices and micro medical systems.

Department specialisms

Tribology of flexible magnetic recording media, environmental effects on hard disc/head interfaces, Pole tip recession (PTR), head transfer payers formation, Plasma damage in III-V semiconductors.

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 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