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Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy PhD
36 months full time / 72 months part time
Entry requirements

A student may be admitted to a PhD degree only if an appropriate research environment is available for the duration of the degree. This should include the availability of appropriate academic staff to provide supervision and training, other research-support staff, research facilities and learning resources.

Applicants for admission will normally hold a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification, a Masters Degree or equivalent qualification, or both. The level of attainment for the Bachelor's degree will normally be equivalent to that of a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK Bachelor's degree. Some areas of study may require a Master's level qualification in a relevant discipline for admission to a PhD.

Professional qualifications other than a Bachelor's Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to a PhD degree.

Applicants for admission to PhD who do not meet the above criteria, but who hold a Bachelor's degree with Lower Second Class Honours or equivalent qualification, may be admitted to the degree of MPhil in the first instance. Following completion of one year's registration, candidates will be required to demonstrate, through a formal progress report and meeting that they have achieved a satisfactory performance in terms of a standard consistent with the award of the degree of MPhil, in order to be allowed to progress to year two of PhD registration. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

Applications for research degrees will be considered for research topics that are related to the research interests of the academic staff within the School. The School undertakes research in many topics in the fields of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Information on ongoing research is given on the Research Themes and the Staff web pages.

Open days

The School participates in The University of Manchester Postgraduate Open Day which takes place on Wednesday 27th November 2013.  Visit the  University website for details.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): Standard £18,000, Band 1 £18,450, Band 2 £19,150, Band 3 £20,600
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): Standard £9,000, Low £9,225, Medium £9,575, High £10,300

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees or contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.


Funding Opportunities

Contact details

Academic department
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+ 44 (0)161 275 4345

Academic department overview

See: About Us.

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