DProf Reliability Engineering & Asset Management / Overview

Year of entry: 2020

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. 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
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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 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:

  • (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,417
    International students (per annum): £12,000

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.

Contact details

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