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Mechanical Engineering and the Built Environment

There are three routes to a higher degree:

  • MPhil
    This is for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject, and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research
  • New route PhD
    The new route is for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience. This will prepare you for a career in which the ability to undertake research will play a key role.
  • Traditional route PhD
    This route entails a programme of research which normally takes three years of full time study. You can choose to take it part time over a period of up to six years. The traditional route enables capable and qualified individuals, usually with a masters degree to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry.


We design an individual research programme to suit your topic, and you will regularly meet your supervisor for guidance and progress monitoring.

We offer a variety of topics at PhD level in mechanical engineering and the built environment, many of which involve industrial companies in the East Midlands area.

Some recent topic areas include:

  • Multiscale Assessment and Modelling of Low Energy Impact Fatigue in Aerospace Composite Structures
  • Optimising Aerospace Material Performance by Embedding 3D Fibre into Composite Preform.
  • Urban Information Management - Sustainable Urban Information Systems
  • Using Intelligent Augmented Reality (AR) for Multi-User Collaborative Design and Manufacturing
  • Expert System for the Estimating of Costs for Large Complex Engineering Projects.
  • Reducing Aircraft Noise through the of use of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Neural Networks
  • Sustainability Impact of BIM and Low Energy Design
  • A New Approach to Characterisation Material Properties from Measurement Data Using Combined Inversed Analysis and Optimisation
  • Simulation based Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Sustainable Manufacturing Design and Management.

Entry requirements

  • Integrated Route PhD
    The Integrated Route PhD is intended for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees, who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience in their preparations for a career in which the ability to undertake research will play a key role.
  • MPhil/PhD
    For MPhil/PhD programmes, we normally expect you to have a first or second class honours degree, preferably a Masters degree from a UK University or qualifications that we consider to be equivalent.

English language requirements
The College must also be satisfied that the candidate has the necessary command of the English language to undertake a research investigation. Copies of English language qualifications should be included where appropriate; please note that for research programmes a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element (reading, writing, speaking and listening) is expected. Please note that English language certificates are only valid for two years.

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