Research course

Mechanical Engineering

University of Bath · Faculty of Engineering and Design

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in an engineering, science or mathematics discipline.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Our MPhil and PhD courses combine taught research training and applied research practice for a rounded student experience. You can choose to apply for a pre-defined research project or develop your own proposal. We encourage a wide range of interests and our academic staff are open to new ideas in their existing areas of research expertise.

You will join us as a junior academic colleague and contribute to forward-thinking research in one of our interdisciplinary centres/units.

We cover the broad areas of design and manufacturing, machine systems, solid mechanics and materials, and thermo-fluids. We carry out advanced and innovative research in:

  • Sustainable energy and the environment
  • Aerodynamics and aerospace systems
  • Composite and smart materials
  • Advanced manufacturing and metrology
  • Biomechanics of artificial joints
  • Robotics and system dynamics
  • Advanced vehicle powertrains

Much of our research is collaborative in nature. We work with industry to find solutions to problems that affect all areas of society. Our research impact was officially recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). 89% of our research was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent, placing us 10th in the UK for our submission to the Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Department specialisms

Manufacturing; Systems Control and Applied Mechanics; Machine Systems; Fluid Power; Aerospace Engineering; Thermodynamics; Design; Structural Mechanics; Biomechanics.

Information for international students

Where English is not a first language: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components).

Fees and funding

We offer a range of studentship and scholarship opportunities all year round. Find out if you are eligible to apply.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Graduate School
+44 (0) 1225 386447