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DProf Reliability Engineering & Asset Management / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Professional Doctorate in Reliability Engineering
Duration
72 months Part Time
Entry requirements
The minimum academic entry requirements for a Doctorate programme are either i) a First class UK Honours degree in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD, ii) an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above and Masters award at Merit level in a discipline directly relevant to the PhD or iii) equivalent international qualifications.

In addition, applicants must have at least 5-6 years of industrial experience in maintenance and reliability and already be working in industry.

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.  We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor 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. You should include the following details:
  • Include your research title
  • Explain the importance of your research in the context of current knowledge
  • Clearly identify the objectives of the research
  • Explain the methodology to be employed
  • Demonstrate that you have the appropriate abilities to conduct the research
  • Literature review (an indication of the kind of books you will need to read and review as part of the research)

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
N Y N N

Programme description

The Professional Doctorate (DProf) Programme is a unique opportunity for practising engineers and professionals already working in industry to do applied research in the area of plant maintenance, reliability and asset management. As this is a distance learning programme, candidates can study the DProf from outside the UK while continuing their employment.

At the end of the programme, candidates will make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in general, and to their workplace specifically.  The results of this research shall then be published in high standard/quality journals and finally needs to be submitted in the thesis form for the final examination.

The research project is intended to address a real plant issues in maintenance (reliability) engineering and asset management. The research outcome must be innovative work e.g. development of new method(s) in the plant maintenance and reliability engineering, novel industrial application of different methods, innovative field trials to reduce plant maintenance overhead and enhance plant reliability etc. To achieve this aim, candidates will demonstrate an ability to meet the intended learning outcomes:

  • To discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original applied industrial research in maintenance, reliability and asset management.
  • To produce research outputs that are publishable in high quality journals.
  • To present and defend research outcomes which extend the forefront of a discipline or relevant area of professional practice.
  • To systematically demonstrate extensive knowledge of the subject area and expertise in generic and subject/professional skills.
  • To independently and proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses to design, develop and implement plans by which to evaluate these.
  • To critically and creatively evaluate current plant issues, research and professional practice.
  • To develop advanced levels of interests and informed decisions about a discipline and/or professional practice.
  • To clearly communicate research findings and conclusions.
  • To make an original contribution to their chosen field.

Open days

Our next Postgraduate Research Open Day will take place on Wednesday 24 October 2018. For further information and registration , 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 School 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 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £11,500

Contact details

Academic department
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4345
Email
Website
http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/
Academic department overview
See: About Us .

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