Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering EngD, MPhil, PhD

Department(s):
Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
Part-time:
6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
Start date:
January, April, July, October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£4,195
International fees:
£20,500
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

3rd

in the UK for research quality

REF 2014

10th

in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2018

Winner

of 2 Queen's Anniversary Prizes

Overview

We have an international reputation for being at the forefront of technological innovation and for maintaining extensive links with industry.

The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the biggest engineering schools of its kind in the UK. The School is a leader in technological research and innovation, with extensive national and international connections to industry. We aim to provide international leadership in research and innovation and an unrivalled educational experience.

Our graduates are testament to our success, helping to provide industry with the skills and knowledge to give them the competitive edge required to succeed in the 21st century.

In addition to holding two prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize we are home to two EPSRC National Centres, for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine and for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation.

We are passionate about our research and continually strive to strengthen and stimulate our portfolio. Our industrially focused research enables us to work with some of the world’s most renowned engineering companies. Our current research portfolio value is £52 million.

The breadth of our research activity is captured in our Research Themes, that are served with research activities from our research groups and a number of leading-edge research centres that are hosted by the School. We host two of the National EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing (CIM), are partners in another three CIMs and lead two EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training, all of which represent funding of more than £90m.

We have also recently been selected to lead one of EPSRC’s multidisciplinary Grand Challenges, SYMETA (SYnthesizing 3D METAmaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications), that is addressing the use of meta materials for future generations of high bandwidth communications and microwave applications.

The School has a number of laboratories offering the latest equipment and industry-standard software. The laboratories cater for students interested in dynamics and control, automation, fluid mechanics, electrical power generation, renewable energy and energy storage, healthcare engineering, internal combustion engines, materials, mechatronics, radio engineering, metrology, optical engineering, additive manufacturing, structural integrity, thermodynamics and much more.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or its equivalent in a relevant discipline or substantial experience.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Our facilities

We have a number of laboratories offering the latest equipment and industry-standard software. The laboratories cater for students interested in dynamics and control, automation, fluid mechanics, electrical power generation, renewable energy and energy storage, healthcare engineering, internal combustion engines, materials, mechatronics, radio engineering, metrology, optical engineering, additive manufacturing, structural integrity, thermodynamics and much more.

Research areas

Systems engineering research includes research into the science and methodologies of systems engineering (including product, process and organisational challenges) as well as the applications of systems engineering principles to many engineering activities, such as control, embedded electronics, socio-technical organisation, manufacturing systems, and automation and virtual reality systems research. 

Manufacturing is one of our significant research areas and addresses leading edge, next generation manufacturing processes (such as bio-manufacturing, laser processing, additive manufacturing), manufacturing technologies (automation, robotics, digital manufacturing), organisation (people, processes and operations) and sustainability (resource efficiency, circular manufacturing).

The Communications Research Division has wide ranging research interests in all aspects of modern communication systems and the processing to support them. Particular strengths include antennas, bioacoustics, biomedical electronics, computer networks, microwave measurements, mobile communications, signal processing and wireless communications.

Our healthcare engineering covers a broad range of activities, from novel, leading edge medical device technologies and cell therapy manufacturing, to sports technology and human performance engineering interventions for Paralympians, and wearable robotics for healthcare application.

Research and delivery of new design and analytical technologies and solutions as well as the utilisation of such state-of-the-art techniques across our engineering research disciplines are a significant activity across many of our research groups and centres.

Energy engineering is a core strength of the School, with a very broad reach from energy generation, storage, transmission, utilisation and energy systems management through to energy delivery and utilisation in power train activities.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) provide four years of industrially supported, integrated PhD study, with a framework of targeted additional training, personal and professional development.

The School participates in the following centre:

  • Embedded Intelligence, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University
  • New and Sustainable PV, alongside the Universities of Liverpool, Bath, Cambridge, Oxford, Sheffield and Southampton
  • Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing, with the Universities of Nottingham, Newcastle and Liverpool     

Your personal and professional development

Support from your supervisor

You will be assigned supervisors with expertise in the chosen research area, with additional guidance and pastoral support available from the Director of Doctoral Programmes, and other departmental academic staff as appropriate. We provide a structured induction programme to familiarise you with the School and University, and training and research seminars throughout your studies. You will be provided with a computer plus access to library and IT services.

Skills and experience

The School has a vibrant, international community of postgraduate research students. During your time with us, you will able to publish your research findings in top peer-reviewed scientific journals, present your research findings at leading international conferences and network with scientists and industrial partners to maximise the impact of your research and start building your own professional network.

Future career prospects

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Jaguar Land Rover, Research Project Engineer
  • Rolls-Royce, Head of Manufacturing Systems
  • adidas Germany, Mechanical Engineer
  • Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Lecturer
  • Mzuzu University, Head of Department of Energy Studies.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£4,195
International:
£20,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Who you'll be working with

How to apply

If you can't find a suitable PhD opportunity that fits your interests and experience from our funded (studentships) and unfunded opportunities, you can submit a research proposal to the Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering in the hope of finding a supervisor who will work with you on your dream project.

If you would like to apply for a PhD in the Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering through this method, you should should contact the School for an information and application pack. You are encouraged to approach appropriate members of academic staff to discuss your proposal prior to submission.

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