PhD: 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. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a master's degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you're not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.
Energy materials; Fabrication and joining; High temperature; Residual stress; Structural integrity.
Months of entry
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.
- Strong links with industry
- High rate of completion of student projects and 100 per cent record of employment of students on completion of their PhD
- 90 per cent of our research ranked as being of international quality
- Large research group of 40 students, researchers and academics
- Excellent opportunities for work at international facilities
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- John Bouchard, Professor of Materials for Energy
- +44 (0)1908 655799