Research course

Materials for Demanding Environment

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for admission is an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Industry requires materials to perform well in demanding environments. The complex challenges they must contend with need an interdisciplinary approach in order to be tackled effectively.

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) is a new training and research centre that aims to address complex industrial challenges. The four year course includes taught technical components with professional skills training, as well as a PhD level research project. Industrial partners play an active role in shaping and delivering the training.

This CDT will primarily focus on addressing the needs of the Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Nuclear Power industries, and will include cross-sector materials challenges.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require one of the following: IELTS 6.5 (with no individual score lower than 5.5); TOEFL 575 paper based or 232 computer based, with 4.5 TWE; Grade C Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Students who have been in full-time higher education in the UK for 3 years or more are exempt from this requirement.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science and Engineering
+44 (0)161 306 8892