MPhil Aerospace Engineering

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Philosophy
Duration
12 Months [Full-Time] / 24 Months [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirement is a good Second Class honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the MPhil.

Applicants will also need to show their suitability for a research programme through strong performance in research methods and project/dissertation modules completed as part of their degree.

Equivalent international degree qualifications are also acceptable.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of our research programmes, please submit the following documentation so that we can consider your application:

1.  Online  Application Form  in which you should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research. Potential supervisors can be identified through the microsites for the Areas of expertise within the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.  Applications are reviewed by the proposed supervisor, so we strongly recommend that you make contact with them before submitting an application.

2.  Degree certificates and academic transcripts  of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must also provide an official translation.

3.  CV  summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research. Include any prizes/competitions that you have won for your academic work, experience of presenting your work at conferences and list any research you have published.

4.  Research Proposal  outlining your research project. Please see the guidance about what we would expect to be included in a research proposal.

Once we have received this documentation, your application will be reviewed.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MPhil Y Y N N

Programme description

Our postgraduate research programmes in Aerospace Engineering offer the opportunity to study in a multi-disciplinary team alongside leading academics in the field. Drawing on our expertise in aerodynamics, automotive aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modelling and other areas we are facilitating the development of tomorrow's aerospace technologies.

Your research will be supported by state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. We have strong links with industry and excellent employability in a diverse sector of aerospace engineering.

Open days

Our next Postgraduate Research Open Day will take place in the autumn. For further information , please see the university website. In the meantime we would encourage you to take an online tour of our facilities and hear from some of our current students and staff on our  Virtual Open Day .

If you have any other questions about the department or about our research programmes please do not hesitate to contact us at:  pgr-mace@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): Standard £24,000, Band 1 £25,000, Band 2 £28,000
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA

Please note that higher fee bands will apply for the majority of projects where experimentation requires additional resources above 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 are likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students.   Fees for International students are typically fixed for the duration of the PhD at the point of entry. For general fees information please visit:  postgraduate fees or contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact details

Department
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Telephone
+ 44 (0) 161 275 4345
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/mace
School/Faculty

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The minimum academic entry requirement is a good Second Class honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the MPhil.

Applicants will also need to show their suitability for a research programme through strong performance in research methods and project/dissertation modules completed as part of their degree.

Equivalent international degree qualifications are also acceptable.

English language

All applicants must obtain the required English language score indicated below:

IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 or equivalent (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or

IBT TOEFL greater than or equal to 90 (with no sub-test below 22)

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

If you would like to apply for one of our research programmes, please submit the following documentation so that we can consider your application:

1.  Online  Application Form  in which you should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research. Potential supervisors can be identified through the microsites for the Areas of expertise within the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.  Applications are reviewed by the proposed supervisor, so we strongly recommend that you make contact with them before submitting an application.

2.  Degree certificates and academic transcripts  of previous university study. If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than English, you must also provide an official translation.

3.  CV  summarising your academic record and highlighting experience that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research. Include any prizes/competitions that you have won for your academic work, experience of presenting your work at conferences and list any research you have published.

4.  Research Proposal  outlining your research project. Please see the guidance about what we would expect to be included in a research proposal.

Once we have received this documentation, your application will be reviewed.

Advice to applicants

 If your qualifications meet our academic entry requirements, your application material will then be sent to your potential supervisor for consideration.

If the academic supervisor is interested in supervising your research, they will then contact you to arrange an interview to further discuss and develop your application. Interviews may be in person or by Skype or telephone. A decision can then be made about whether the supervisor wishes to make you an offer of a place on the programme.

If your application is successful at this stage, we can then issue a formal offer letter and request any additional documentation that is required for entry onto the programme, including:

  • English Language qualification (if applicable) - IELTS greater than or equal to 6.5 (with no sub-test below 5.5).
  • Two letters of reference provided by people who have knowledge of your academic ability. You must ensure that reference letters are written on official letter headed paper and are signed and dated by the referee (reference letters older than 1 year will not be accepted).

Further documentation may be required relating to funding applications. The stages and documentation differ between funding schemes and so this information will be provided following consideration of your application.

The following information sources may also be of use:

Programme details

Programme description

Our postgraduate research programmes in Aerospace Engineering offer the opportunity to study in a multi-disciplinary team alongside leading academics in the field. Drawing on our expertise in aerodynamics, automotive aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modelling and other areas we are facilitating the development of tomorrow's aerospace technologies.

Your research will be supported by state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. We have strong links with industry and excellent employability in a diverse sector of aerospace engineering.

Aims

The Degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of supervised research, the results of which show evidence of originality and independent critical judgement and constitute an addition to knowledge.

Our MPhil students relish the opportunity to undertake a research project with intellectual, scientific, industrial or commercial challenges. Individuals with relevant industrial experience are also encouraged to apply for this level of graduate work, which is of particular value for personal and professional development. If satisfactory progress is made by the end of the first year you may be considered for progression onto the second year of a PhD programme. This is decided on a case by case basis.

Our research students have the opportunity to develop their skills through robust and flexible training that is designed to:

  • Develop the research skills needed to plan and conduct research, write a thesis and disseminate research findings to stakeholders and the wider research community;
  • Gain understanding of the wide variety of research undertaken within the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering;
  • Equip each student with the broader skills to become leading industry professionals and researchers in the next generation.

All of our research degree programmes are based on supportive supervision in our outstanding research environment. You will carry out a programme of research in a particular area under the supervision of a primary supervisor and one or more co-supervisors. Your primary supervisor would be a research active member of academic staff in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Co-supervisors may be from another discipline, another institution or even an external organisation, such as an industrial partner, selected to suit the project scope and specific skills required.

Teaching and learning

All candidates for the degree of MPhil must undertake a skills review at the beginning of their degree to determine their research, transferable and generic skills requirements. The review will provide the basis for a planned programme of skills training and development. The outcomes of the review and programme of skills development must be discussed and agreed by the student and the supervisory team. The supervisory team will be responsible for ensuring that the student has access to the required skills training and development opportunities.

An MPhil Degree provides research opportunities if you wish to qualify for a master's degree by the submission of a research thesis. This should detail the results of original work in your chosen field. The total time required to complete this programme is a minimum of 12 months full-time or the equivalent part-time study. You will also be permitted to register as a writing-up student for 12 months at the end of the degree to complete your dissertation. Subject to satisfactory progress, it is possible to transfer to a PhD at the end of the degree, requiring a further two years full-time study, or four years part-time.

The Degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a period of supervised research and training, the results of which show convincing evidence of the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and make an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is assessed by oral examination (viva voce).

Facilities

The Department has an extensive range of experimental facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email:  disability@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Undertaking an MPhil in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering is both challenging and rewarding. Not only does it provide you with the opportunity to strengthen your research ability but it will also help you to develop a much wider range of skills, required to develop your career in business and industry or in research and an academic environment.

Graduates from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering leave with a breadth of strong technical and inter-personal skills and expertise far beyond their particular degree specialism. They progress into a wide variety of careers within engineering (e.g. consulting engineers, R&D companies, construction sector) academia, public services (e.g. civil service, policy change) and commerce (e.g. IT, finance). The acquisition of an MPhil degree provides a significant career acceleration and facilitates entry into positions with greater responsibility and diverse opportunities. Furthermore, it increasingly provides entrepreneurial opportunities, exploiting skills and knowledge acquired during the programme.