Research course


University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

In addition to the appropriate academic qualifications (a First or Upper Second Class Degree or a Masters with Merit at 60 per cent or above), which are specific to each project, students must: - have settled status in the UK with no restrictions on length of stay - have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the funding - not be residing in the UK for wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

Months of entry


Course content

The last decade or so has seen a significant and sustained investment in experimental facilities within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and there are now facilities that represent a significant resource, not only nationally but also on the international stage. This enables world class research to be carried out in our chosen areas of endeavour. The Department hosts the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Thermo-Fluids Systems and the EPSRC’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Micro and NanoMaterials and Technologies.

The MiNMaT EngD is a four-year doctoral programme for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry.

The research element of the programme is unique to each Research Engineer. It will tackle an industrially relevant research problem (or problems) and incorporate a significant degree of advanced characterisation. The majority of the research element will be undertaken at the sponsor’s premises.

One of the key distinguishing features of the EngD is the programme of courses. These are designed with two aims in mind; to develop specialist scientific/technical knowledge and to provide professional development in non-scientific areas such as project management and communications skills. There are mandatory and elective courses, all normally a week in duration.

Information for international students

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

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.

The EngD programme is funded principally by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Surrey and by our sponsoring organisations.

A successful application brings a stipend of around £19,500 per annum, normally tax free.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 683 467