Research course

Integrated Studies Innovative Metal Processing

University of Birmingham · School of Metallurgy and Materials

Entry requirements

The position will be open to students with:

  • An upper second class honours degree or better, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or
  • Relevant and sufficient industrial work experience in any relevant mathematics, chemical/material/physical sciences, engineering (EPSRC provides funding only for UK/EU applicants).

Months of entry


Course content

This EPSRC-sponsored doctoral training programme focuses on research into innovative metal processing technologies, costing casting, welding, net-shape forming, surface engineering, synthesis of nanomaterial and modelling of metal processing.

This course is open to our partner institutions only.
This PhD with integrated studies programme, suitable both for full-time students and seconded employees, combines 12 taught modules (120 credits) in Advanced Metallurgy/Materials, Materials Processing and Professional Development, an individual summer research project (60 credits) in Year 1 and a PhD research project carried in a broad range of topics related to innovative metal processing in Years 2-4.
Students are normally based in the University and research projects can be carried out in the School or in industry.
Why study PhD with Integrated Studies Innovative Metal Processing at Birmingham?
  • The quality of the research work in the School of Metallurgy and Materials has been confirmed by our outstanding performance in successive research assessments.
  • Metallurgy and Materials and the IRC in Materials Processing together make up the largest centre for materials research in the UK. We are justly proud of this international reputation and are keen to maintain it by encouraging high quality students to undertake research with us.
  • Our diverse research portfolio ranges from fundamental aspects of materials science to practical high performance engineering applications. Research is funded from a wide range of sources including the UK research councils, the EU and a cross-section of UK and overseas industry. Most of our research projects involve active collaboration with industrial partners.

Information for international students

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band).

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities are available.


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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