Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

Studying for a PhD

The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy is the top-rated materials department in the UK as ranked by Research Quality Profile in the UK's recent Research Assessment Exercise.

It is renowned for its research activities in the following areas:

Research opportunities in these areas can be found in our list of PhD projects available for entry from October 2014; most of these are available for competitive allocation as EPSRC-funded studentships allocated by the Department.

See more details about funding opportunities.

We have many thriving links with industry including the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in High Performance Structural Metallics (Rolls-Royce) and the SKF University Technology Centre for Steels..

The Department is also a partner in the interdisciplinary Nanoscience & Technology Doctoral Training Centre (NanoDTC) [this course will appear as PhD (Probationary) in Nanotechnology DTC (4 yrs) on the application form] and the Computational Methods for Materials Science Doctoral Training Centre.  We also have interests in the Doctoral Training Centres in Photonics Systems Development (with UCL); New and Sustainable Photovoltaics (with the Universities of Liverpool and Bath); and Nuclear Engineering (with Imperial College and the Open University).

Further information on these Centres for Doctoral Training and on how to make an application is at

The Department offers a 4-year EngD under established collaborations with industry. Interested students should first contact the member(s) of academic staff working in their field(s) of research interest, to explore the possibilty of undertaking an EngD, rather than a PhD, as this option is available only in certain circumstances.

The Degree Committee of the Faculty of Physics and Chemistry sets the academic requirement for graduate admissions in this Faculty. For PhD applicants, the minimum academic requirement is the equivalent of 2:i level in a UK 4-year undergraduate Master's Degree in a relevant subject, or a 2:i in a UK 3-year Bachelor's (Honours) degree plus a good one/two year relevant Master's degree.