Research course


University of Exeter · Engineering

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Entry requirements

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

As a PhD or MPhil student in engineering you will be a member of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The current research activities in engineering cover a wide range of interests within civil, electronic, mechanical, manufacturing and materials engineering, as well as in engineering management.

Research funding is obtained from a range of sources such as the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Department of Trade and Industry, the South West Regional Development Agency, the European Union and local, national and international industry.

Department specialisms

Engineering research is organised into three main areas: 1. Materials and manufacturing,(Additive Manufacturing; Multi-Functional Materials; Low-carbon Manufacturing and Sustainable Technologies; Bio-medical Engineering; Strategies, Operations and Engineering Management and Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chains and Logistics) 2. Functional materials(Nanomaterials and energy materials; Memory materials; Biomaterials and instrumentation; Atomistic modelling and Graphene devices) and 3. Water and environment.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£23,000 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Admissions
+44 (0) 1392 722730