Mechanical Engineering MPhil/PhD


Research areas:

  • Biomechanical engineering: biomaterials, encapsulation; tissue engineering; biofluidics and CFD; biophysics; cardiovascular engineering; medical devices and mechatronics; ultrasonics and non-destructive evaluation
  • Energy and environment: IC engines and fuel systems; fluid mechanics and microfluidics; refrigeration and air-conditioning; turbomachinery, CFD, and environmental and pollution modelling
  • Marine: naval architecture; marine vehicle applications and design methods; renewable energy; electric propulsion and power systems; electric ship/submarine; computer-aided design; novel ship types and low carbon shipping.

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Entry requirements

Normally a UK Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant professional qualifications and/or appropriate work experience may also be taken into consideration. In addition, all applicants need to demonstrate their competency in English language.

English level expected: Standard

Application

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

Funding

Industrially funded studentships may be available for suitably qualified research applicants. There are also departmental bursaries to cover tuition fees partially or in full for UK/EU research applicants. Please visit our department webpage for funded vacancies.

Self-funded candidates are advised to contact staff in the department to discuss possible research topics.

Scholarships available for this department

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

A research degree in Mechanical Engineering opens the door to many rewarding careers, not just in engineering. You are likely to find employment in a wide range of industries and organisations, both at home and abroad.

Recent graduates have entered professional occupations in the UK and overseas with leading industrial and shipping companies (e.g. Technip UK Ltd, DNV, Mahle Powertrain Ltd), technical consultancies and government agencies. Others have pursued postdoctoral research and lectureships at UK and overseas institutions

Top career destinations for this programme

  • BP, Engineer, 2010
  • National University of Singapore, Post-doctoral Researcher, 2011
  • Debenhams, Business Support Assistant, 2010
  • UCL, Post-doctoral Researcher, 2011
  • GE Jenbacher, Lead Engineer, 2011

Employability

Our research projects are often industry sponsored and have direct practical relevance, which means many students will secure employment before graduating. Because we collaborate with other departments and universities and engage in a wild range of multi-disciplinary research activities you will often be jointly trained by a range of experts, making you highly attractive to an employer.

Research graduates in engineering with a good analytical ability are in high demand and our graduates have little difficulty in gaining employment across many industrial sectors.

Networking

There are ample networking opportunities both within and beyond the UCL research community. For example, the department frequently organises seminars, inviting prominent speakers from industry and other academic institutes, that provide opportunities for students to consult directly with industry.

Our annual PhD Student Conference offers another excellent opportunity for developing contacts. Research students present their work to a panel which include alumni and members of the department’s industrial advisory panel; the after-event reception and poster session allows students to discuss their ideas for research development and gain valuable insight into career planning.


Next steps

Contact

Mr Jamie Maher

T: +44 (0)20 3108 4082

Department

Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

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