Research course

Metallurgy and Materials

University of Birmingham · Department of Metallurgy and Materials
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in any science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The School of Metallurgy and Materials (including the IRC inMaterials Processing) is the largest centre for materials researchin the UK. We have more than 20 full-time academic staff in addition to 30 honorary and visiting staff, 30 research fellowsand close to 150 postgraduate students.
Our diverse research portfolio ranges from fundamental aspectsof materials science to practical high performance engineeringapplications. Research is funded from a wide range of sourcesincluding the UK research councils, the EU and a cross-sectionof UK and overseas industry. Our research income is around£4 million per annum. Most of our research projects involveactive collaboration with industrial partners.
The quality of the research work in Metallurgy and Materials has been confirmed by our performance in successive Research Assessment Exercises. We are justly proud of this international reputation and are keen to maintain it by encouraging high quality students from materials, physics, chemistry, life sciences or engineering backgrounds to apply to undertake research with us.
Research groups include:
  • Alloy and process development
  • Alloy chemistry
  • Casting, solidification and welding
  • Ceramics
  • Corrosion and oxidation
  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Ferrous metallurgy
  • High temperature superconductivity
  • Magnetic materials
  • Materials processing
  • Microstructural studies
  • Modelling of manufacturing and materials
  • Polymers
  • Sports materials
  • Surface engineering and heat treatment

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Department specialisms

Materials Processing; Materials Characterisation; New Materials Developments; Structural Integrity; Materials. Superconductivity; Magnetic Materials; Electron Microscopy; Fracture and Fatigue; Polymer Engineering; Phase Transformation; Surface Engineering; Intermetallic Advanced Composites; Materials Processing; Corrosion.

Information for international students

Open to overseas students with a good academic record and a high standard of English. Limited scholarships (up to £3000) available to offset full overseas fees. Please see website for further details.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

PhD: EPSRC studentships (£12000 p.a. for UK students). Additional scholarships/sponsorships may be available. Please visit:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005