Research course

Manufacturing Technology

University of Nottingham · Division of Manufacturing and Process Technologies

Entry requirements

2.1 degree (or international equivalent) and/or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, September, February

Course content

In partnership with the University of Birmingham and Loughborough University and based around the world-class research facility at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), this four-year Engineering Doctorate programme combines intensive technical and interdisciplinary modules with an industry-based doctoral research project provided by our partners Rolls Royce, Airbus and Aero Engine Controls. Research themes include Advanced Tooling and Fixturing, Net Shape Manufacturing and Intelligent Automation.

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is an alternative to the traditional PhD. It is more closely related to the needs of industry and provides a more vocational doctorate degree. It encourages the development of innovative thinking while tackling real industrial problems.

The four-year EngD programme integrates an industry based doctoral research project with high-quality training which develop skills in core technology subject areas, research methods, project management, quality assurance, technology acquisition, supply chain management and professional development. Engineering Researchers will also spend time using the world-class facilities at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

The MTEDC's three academic partners provide the training programme of postgraduate taught modules and courses. The industrial partners provide research projects.

Research Engineers will be inducted at Nottingham and spend the first year completing taught modules and starting their research project before moving to either their host company or the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Within a short time of graduating, Research Engineers will be able to oversee the management of new technology which will impact on competitiveness and achieve a rapid return on investment. This also accelerates their progressions towards Chartered Engineer status with organisations such as IMechE and IET.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

The Manufacturing EngD is part of the The Manufacturing Technology Engineering Doctoral Centre (MTEDC). The centre provides postgraduate research programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in advanced manufacturing engineering and transform the latest manufacturing research results into industrial technologies.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Faculty of Engineering web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 3629