Research course

Engineering Specialisms

University of Bolton · Faculty of Advanced Engineering and Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants will have an Honours Degree in a related subject (2:1 minimum).

PhD, MPhil

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree is aimed at students with a masters degree in a relevant field, in addition to a good honours degree (or significant work experience and professional qualifications), who wish to undertake a research-based doctorate.

On the PhD programme you are expected to demonstrate the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research, or other advanced scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, which extends the forefront of the discipline and merits publication.

You will also be expected to acquire an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge in your particular subject area in the field of engineering or design, as well as a general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge. You will also gain a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry in the engineering or design subject area.

If you wish to develop research and analytical skills and conduct an original piece of research this course is appropriate for you. Your research may be applied research or action research, and may be based on your work in industry if you choose to study part-time.

Applicants should contact the department before submitting a formal application to discuss the area in which they would wish to work. Provided that the department can provide supervision in that area a more detailed proposal of a research topic will then be agreed between the applicant and their supervisor.

Information for international students

International students are required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. Please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
18 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903903
+44 (0)1204 903809