Research course

High Temperature

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The Materials Engineering Group has an international reputation for its research activity in the fields of residual stress measurement and analysis, high-temperature materials behaviour and materials characterisation. We have an excellent suite of testing facilities on campus, ranging from X-ray residual stress measurement to state-of-the-art electron microscopy. We have invested over £1.6 million in research equipment and infrastructure, and the group’s research is currently supported by around £2 million of external income. We work closely with a range of industrial partners.

High-temperature performance of materials is important to applications in aerospace and power generation. We have one of the largest UK university creep facilities for characterising high-temperature deformation of materials, and are developing novel non-contact strain measurement methods, such as high temperature digital image correlation (DIC) for characterisation of deformation in welded joints.

Current/recent research projects
  • Application of Digital Image Correlation to characterisation of weld mechanical properties
  • Anelastic behaviour of Type 316H stainless steel
  • Residual stress and creep performance of P91 pipe girth welds
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Creep of materials for future nuclear power plant Application of digital image correlation at high temperature High-temperature weld integrity assessment.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

John Bouchard, Professor of Materials for Energy
+44 (0) 1908 655 799