Research course

Materials Research and Innovation Specialisms

University of Bolton · Institute for Materials Research and Innovation

Entry requirements

For MPhil you should have at least a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject. For PhD you should have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject. You are encouraged to apply if you have alternative qualifications or experience that demonstrates you have the appropriate knowledge and skills. If you have an honours degree only you will register as an MPhil student. After the first period of study and subject to review, you may upgrade to PhD. If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification, i.e. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil/PhD in Materials Research and Innovation specialisms is particularly suitable for graduates in the materials science, engineering and technology sectors or for scientists and technologists working in these sectors. As a research student you will have access to the University's resources and research expertise to support your personal development or your work within your organisation.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, general engineering research at the University, which includes work carried out by IMRI, was assessed as 'world-leading'.

IMRI is a multi-disciplinary centre designed to cultivate research and innovation activities in collaboration with industry and other academic institutions. The institute leads the UK, and is internationally known, for its strong applied materials science and engineering applications through the development of new, designer and novel smart and multifunctional materials (fibres, films, foams and particles) at nano and micro levels, as well as associated processing technologies.

There are dedicated laboratories in the institute and state-of-the-art materials fabrication, characterisation and testing laboratories, complemented by a suite of materials modelling capabilities.

Skills and expertise within IMRI include: medical and healthcare devices; intelligent materials (auxetic, piezoelectric, photovoltaic and electrorheological); smart microsystems (MEMS, self-powered sensors and actuators, surface acoustic waves, solar cells, nanomanipulators, wearables); technical textiles and fire retardancy.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
24 - 42 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 - 72 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
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