PhD Advanced Metallic Systems CDT

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
48 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

Applicants should have or be about to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or a masters level degree with a merit or above in a relevant engineering discipline or in a subject such as physics, chemistry or maths. http://www.metallicscdt.co.uk/apply

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online  

Please apply to the specific plan: Year1 PhD Advanced Metallics CDT

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.

We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.

Programme options

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

Programme 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 prepare the next generation of Metallic Materials Engineers with the right skills set for research leadership in a globally competitive market place.  

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): Band A £4,596; Band B £6,000; Band C £9,000; Band D £11,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): Band A £25,500; Band B £27,000; Band C £30,000; Band D £32,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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 Home 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 . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Full Scholarships are available for eligible UK nationals and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to first enrolment. Fees only funding is available for other EU nationals. Full Scholarships include minimum maintenance payments of £16,000/annum. For further information please see 'About the course' or contact pgr-materials@manchester.ac.uk . Scholarships are awarded based on the merit of each application against the applications of other applicants.

Contact details

Department
Department of Materials
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
0161 543 4026
Email
Website
https://www.materials.manchester.ac.uk
School/Faculty

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants should have or be about to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or a masters level degree with a merit or above in a relevant engineering discipline or in a subject such as physics, chemistry or maths. http://www.metallicscdt.co.uk/apply

English language

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess an acceptable English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test and attain the required English Language score:

IELTS:  At least 7.0 overall with no subtest below 5.5.

TOEFL iBT:  At least 90 overall with no subtest below 20. We do not accept 'MyBestScore'.

Pearson Test of English (PTE): At least 70 overall with no subtest below 59.

Further information on language requirements can be found on our website

Pre-sessional English: We also accept successful completion of a pre-sessional English course run by the University Language Centre to meet our English language requirements.

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

Apply online  

Please apply to the specific plan: Year1 PhD Advanced Metallics CDT

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.

We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • Research proposal - we do not require a research proposal, as only advertised projects listed at FindaPhD.com or the CDT website at  https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/metallicscdt/phd-engd-projects are available. Please name the supervisor and project title as listed in the advertisement.
  • Bachelor's transcripts and certificates.
  • Master's transcripts and certificates (where available).
  • Two academic references from your most recent study.
  • CV
  • Personal Statement. This programme is more than a `standard PhD; please state clearly what attracts you to this particular programme and how this relates to your academic background and career plans. This statement is a critical component of your application. It is your opportunity to describe why you are a good fit for the CDT programme. You should describe your interest in the research project; any relevant experience you ve had; and any experience of research you may have. The personal statement is your chance to show a passion for doing a PhD in Advanced Metallics.

If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document but if successful, any offer of study will be conditional on providing a recognised qualification (like IELTS) that meets the English language entry requirement for this programme.

How your application is considered

A joint Manchester and Sheffield shortlisting and interview panel will assess all applications.

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate and postgraduate taught course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities.

We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder), carer support funds for conferences, and peer support networks for parents and carers.

All appointments are made on merit.

The University of Manchester and our external partners are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion

Interview requirements

An interview is required for entry to this programme of study. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the CDT team.

During the interview, candidates will be required to make a 10-minute presentation on why they wish to enter the programme. The interview will be co-ordinated by the CDT team at The University of Sheffield.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, would change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme 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 prepare the next generation of Metallic Materials Engineers with the right skills set for research leadership in a globally competitive market place.  

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

Special features

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 CDT 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.

To this end we aim to:

  • Provide a stimulating, multidisciplinary training experience that encourages students to excel.
  • Teach topical courses that balance cutting edge technologies, with fundamental principles and core concepts.
  • Develop professional transferable skills in leadership, business and research management.
  • Foster innovative cutting-edge internationally competitive research.
  • Work in partnership with industry to increase industrial experience and maintain relevance.

Scholarships and bursaries

If your application is successful, the Centre for Doctoral Training will fully fund tuition fees and provide an enhanced maintenance scholarship for students who qualify under the EPSRC's UK eligibility rules.

If you are from the EU, and have not been resident in the UK for the last three years, the Centre will provide tuition fees only.

Applications from International students are encouraged, but students will have to arrange their own funding.

The full award will provide Home tuition fees and an enhanced stipend of approximately £16,000 in the first year.

In years 2-4, it is expected that all students will be sponsored, with the basic EPSRC stipend (approximately £15,000) supplemented by additional industrial support in the range £3,000-£5000.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk