PhD Advanced Metallic Systems DTC: The University of Manchester

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PhD Advanced Metallic Systems DTC: The University of Manchester, Postgraduate Admissions, The Mill, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester, M60 1QD, Manchester, United Kingdom
Material Technology
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4 Years Full-Time
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Course description

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems was established in January 2009, with a £6.3M investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It is a partnerships between The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield to provide a national training centre for doctoral scientists and engineers in metallurgy and related disciplines.

This programme offers a new direction for PhD study, with an exciting and interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training, combining a foundation year to reinforce core skills with a 3-year doctoral level thesis project.

The Centre aims to preparee the next generation of Metallic Materials Engineers with the right skills set for research leadership in a globally competitive market place.

This 4-year PhD programme gives students the opportunity to develop their core skills, learn about a broader range of metallurgical research, and develop their own PhD project. The preparatory year also gives a head start so that students are able to make rapid progress with their PhD project.

The ambition of the DTC programme is to prepare a new generation of Doctoral graduates, with highly developed specialised skills in metallic materials, for future research challenges in a globally competitive market place.

Course aims

The foundation year of the programme aims to develop students' core skills and provide a broad range of industrial experience through MSc level modules, case studies and projects. This will allow students to make an informed choice of PhD topic. After 9 months cores skills training, student will develop a PhD project proposal with academic staff members, which will form the basis of their individual thesis project for Years 2-4.

It is expected that the PhD projects will be interdisciplinary, with co-supervision by academics at Manchester and Sheffield providing students with access to the world class facilities at both institutions.

The Doctoral Training Centre students will also engage in other activities, aimed at expanding their horizons, such as:

  • Professional, leadership and management skills training
  • Media and public engagement skills training
  • Industrial study tours and placements
  • International Summer Schools
  • Regular seminar series
  • Annual Conferences

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview: Minimum entry requirements are 2.1 UK Honours degree or equivalent

English language: Students will need to be able to demonstrate competency in the English language and students who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a test such as IELTS or TOEFL and attain a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no sub test < 5.5), TOEFL 570 with 5.0 in the TWE (Test of Written English) or CBTOEFL 230 with 5.0 in the TWE.

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