Research course

Micro-Nano Manufacturing

Institution
Brunel University, London · Electronic and Computer Engineering
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent.

All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study.

The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline.

Within the Micro-Nano Manufacturing theme, our research and development focuses on knowledge-based approaches to ultra-precision and micro-manufacturing. This consists of three key areas of research activity:

  1. The first is ‘top-down’ ultraprecision and micro- or nano-manufacturing through the integration of high-precision machines, smart tooling and micro-cutting mechanics and physics.
  2. Then we have ‘bottom-up’ ultraprecision as well as micro- and nano-manufacturing through molecular manufacturing with application to chemical engineering, pharmaceutical industry and 3D-printing fabrication.
  3. Finally, we look at multiscale multi-physics based modelling and analysis, which provides the essential foundation for both top-down and bottom-up ultraprecision and micro- or nano-manufacturing.

More specifically, the expertise in our theme covers around 20 areas. We are looking into the prospects for several innovative types of manufacturing:

  • sustainable manufacturing and systems;
  • e-manufacturing;
  • global manufacturing;
  • micro- and nano-manufacturing;
  • smart tooling and manufacturing;
  • CAD and digital manufacturing; and
  • energy-efficient manufacturing.

We also examine individual processes within manufacturing on a smaller scale, conducting research into simulations, system and multiscale modelling, multi-physics based modelling and engineering design and analysis. We then look at other stages in the process: condition monitoring and control, ultraprecision machining and the design of precision and micro-machines. Investigations into metrology and robotics in manufacturing are an important part of our work, and have great relevance to the sector – as does our industrial-facing work on business process engineering and the management of supply chains, technology and innovation. Finally, we have special projects examining electrical discharge machining (EDM) processes and the manufacture of integrally bladed rotors.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences
Email
cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1895 266876