Process monitoring and information integrations systems for small manufacturing firms in the UK PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

The UK manufacturing industry employs 2.7m people, contributes to 10% of the country’s Gross Value Added (GVA), accounts for 45% of the UK export, and provides 14% of business investments. In the UK, over 99% of businesses are Small or Medium Sized businesses (5.49 million); and most of the last years’ investment in the British small manufacturing firms had been done to acquire the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) and process monitoring services.

This project aims to design, develop and verify a free-source and fully integrated and automated ERP and Process Monitoring software for small UK manufacturing firms, in line with government’s plan to make manufacturing sector more efficient and autonomous in the country. This project will in line with the “factory of future”, “Industry 4.0” and “digital manufacturing” schemes.

This project accepts international students, as well as EU/UK candidates. However, self-funding or 3rd party bursaries and scholarships may be needed for international students. 


Primary supervisor: Dr Ehsan Sabet

Secondary supervisor: TBC

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Ehsan Sabet or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical engineering, Manufacturing, Product Design, Business and Management or Computer/software engineering, with some understanding and experience in manufacturing industries and resource planning.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical engineering.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


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.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: ESUF2018