Research course

Materials Engineering

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Materials Engineering research is concentrated in five focus areas:

  • Advanced Materials Processing
  • Stress Engineering
  • High Temperature Performance
  • Smart Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Matter

The group has a thriving research student community, with access to excellent research facilities and internationally leading expertise.

We are partners in the Imperial College, Cambridge and The Open University ICO Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy offering a number of OU research projects mainly in Energy materials. We also offer OU PhD degree research opportunities associated with the National Structural Integrity Centre (NSIRC) based at TWI. Following longstanding collaboration, we are working with the ISIS Facility to establish a national Stress Engineering Centre on the Harwell Campus with associated PhD degree projects. Internationally, we have collaborations with research groups and laboratories in Europe, Australia, China and India.

PhD research projects in Materials Engineering at the OU are usually sponsored by industry. We have a strong track record of working collaboratively with engineering companies in the aerospace and nuclear power sectors (e.g. Airbus, Rolls-Royce, EDF Energy, AREVA and TWI). The impact of our research is attested by the success of our business unit StressMap which draws upon our world-leading research in residual stress measurement using particle beam diffraction and the contour method.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

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

Course contact details

Name
John Bouchard
Email
STEM-EI-Research@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655799