University of Surrey

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

If you are intrigued by aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, engineering materials, fluid mechanics, environmental flow and advanced vehicle development, our Mechanical Engineering Sciences research programmes will enable you to explore and learn more about the world around you.

Our PhD and EPSRC CDT in MiNMaT EngD options, together with excellent facilities, will let you test the cutting-edge of science and make new discoveries.

The last decade or so has seen a significant and sustained investment in experimental facilities within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and there are now facilities that represent a significant resource, not only nationally but also on the international stage.

This enables world class research to be carried out in our chosen areas of endeavour. The Department hosts the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Thermo-Fluids Systems and the EPSRC’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Micro and NanoMaterials and Technologies.

We carry out problem solving research for the benefit of society in a number of well-defined areas: biomedical engineering; engineering materials; fluid mechanics and environmental flow; and advanced vehicle development.

Our work ranges from the manipulation of atoms and molecules to the design, analysis and development of large structures, leading to innovations in products as diverse as supercapacitors through to jet engines.

Course modules

The cohorts of doctoral students within the Department study for a PhD as full-time (with some part-time or collaborative) students or an EngD associated with the MiNMaT CDT, the balance being approximately 60:40.

Research areas, centres and groups

  • Adhesive bonding
  • Aerodynamics and Environmental Flow
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Ceramics
  • Composites, solid mechanics and design
  • Computational fluid mechanics
  • Energy generation and harvesting
  • Engineering Materials
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Hybrid vehicles
  • Materials for infrastructure
  • Nanomaterials
  • Smart materials
  • Surface and interface reactions in materials science
  • Tissue engineering
  • Tyre dynamics
  • Turbomachinery
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Wind energy

Sponsorship information

Our research attracts funding from both industrial and government sources. There are a number of fully funded PhD studentships available to UK and EU nationals. Other sources of funding may also be available.


Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 4,195 (Academic year) Home/EU 30 48 Months
PhD Full-time £ 20,000 (Academic year) International 30 48 Months
PhD Part-time £ 2,100 (Academic year) Home/EU 60 96 Months
PhD Part-time £ 10,000 (Academic year) International 60 96 Months

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