2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Science (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics or a related subject) or Engineering.
The first step if you are interested in studying for postgraduate research in Materials Science is to find a PhD Supervisor or funded opportunity.
As part of your application you will also need to provide a viable research proposal. Guidance for writing a research proposal can be found here.
Months of entry
Our Materials Science PhD offers you an exciting opportunity to undertake and manage your own research project, gain valuable laboratory experience and forge important relationships in the professional sphere.
Areas of research fall within (but are not limited to) the diverse portfolio of our academic staff – chemistry, engineering, physics, health and medicine.
Our 36-48 month programme provides you with the knowledge and technical skills to produce sustained and original work - work that will underpin progression in your chosen career. At the core of this is your independent research project, in which you will produce new and original data to make a solid contribution to the scientific community.
Our degree format includes 33-45 months of full-time laboratory work as part of a research team, followed by a three-month writing up period. You will be mentored by academics from one or more departments; and offered further opportunities for learning via our graduate training programme.
The dissertation, and a viva voce assessment, will showcase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen research area whilst also demonstrating your ability to critically evaluate existing literature.
You will be supported by your supervisor(s) at every stage: identifying gaps in your knowledge base (and working together to fill them), helping you to develop practical skills, increasing your data analysis skills, and guiding the writing up of your dissertation.
As well as developing intellectual, practical and transferable skills, Lancaster’s Materials Science PhD will endow you with authoritative knowledge on a specific subject. You will gain a practical understanding of advanced research techniques, and develop competence in applying these to the development and management of your own research project.
Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data. This opens doors to careers in charities, government or industry, and provides an excellent grounding for further academic research (such as undertaking a postdoctoral research position).
If you thrive on independent learning and you’ve identified an area of research that you wish to pursue, we are keen to hear from you. Please contact one of our research team leaders, whose interests align with your own, to discuss the proposed focus of your research undertaking. For more general enquiries, or if you are unsure about your preferred area of research, please contact Dr John Hardy.
Information for international students
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.
If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.
Fees and funding
Learn more at our fees and funding page
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time36 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions
- +44 (0)1524 592032