Research course

Advanced Metallic Systems DTC

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are 2.1 UK Honours degree or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems was established in January 2009, with a £6.3M investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It is a partnerships between The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield to provide a national training centre for doctoral scientists and engineers in metallurgy and related disciplines.

This programme offers a new direction for PhD study, with an exciting and interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training, combining a foundation year to reinforce core skills with a 3-year doctoral level thesis project.

The Centre aims to preparee the next generation of Metallic Materials Engineers with the right skills set for research leadership in a globally competitive market place.

Course aims

The foundation year of the programme aims to develop students' core skills and provide a broad range of industrial experience through MSc level modules, case studies and projects. This will allow students to make an informed choice of PhD topic. After 9 months cores skills training, student will develop a PhD project proposal with academic staff members, which will form the basis of their individual thesis project for Years 2-4.

It is expected that the PhD projects will be interdisciplinary, with co-supervision by academics at Manchester and Sheffield providing students with access to the world class facilities at both institutions.

The Doctoral Training Centre students will also engage in other activities, aimed at expanding their horizons, such as:

  • Professional, leadership and management skills training
  • Media and public engagement skills training
  • Industrial study tours and placements
  • International summer schools
  • Regular seminar series
  • Annual conferences

Information for international students

IELTS or TOEFL and attain a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no sub test < 5.5), TOEFL 570 with 5.0 in the TWE (Test of Written English) or CBTOEFL 230 with 5.0 in the TWE.

Fees and funding

Full Scholarships are avaialble for eligible UK nationals and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to first enrolment. Fees only funding is available for other EU nationals. For further information please see 'About the course' or contact

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

School of Materials
+44 (0)161 306 3559