Research course

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class degree in engineering or physical sciences, or equivalent overseas qualification, or a lower second plus a good Masters degree. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

We carry out problem solving research for the benefit of society in a number of well-defined areas: biomedical engineering; engineering materials; fluid mechanics and environmental flow; and advanced vehicle development.

Our work ranges from the manipulation of atoms and molecules to the design, analysis and development of large structures, leading to innovations in products as diverse as supercapacitors through to jet engines.

PhD overview

The cohorts of doctoral students within the Department study for a PhD as full-time (with some part-time or collaborative) students or an EngD associated with the MiNMaT CDT, the balance being approximately 60:40.

Research areas, centres and groups

  • Adhesive bonding
  • Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Ceramics
  • Composites, solid mechanics and design
  • Computational fluid mechanics
  • Energy generation and harvesting
  • Engineering Materials
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Materials for infrastructure
  • Nanomaterials
  • Smart materials
  • Surface and interface reactions in materials science
  • Tissue engineering
  • Tyre dynamics
  • Turbomachinery
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Wind energy


Our facilities include:

  • Environmental Flow (EnFlo) laboratory
  • Fluid dynamics supercomputer cluster
  • Gait laboratory
  • Hardware in loop testing facilities for vehicles
  • Mechanical testing facilities
  • MicroStructural Studies Unit
  • Surface Analysis laboratory

Many of these facilities are located in recently refurbished laboratory spaces ensuring an environment conducive to high quality research. Specimen size is no barrier to our research and, for example, it is possible to determine the mechanical properties of structures from a carbon nanotube up to a five metre beam!

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Our research attracts funding from both industrial and government sources. There are a number of fully funded PhD studentships available to UK and EU nationals. Other sources of funding may also be available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 682 222