Mechanical Engineering PhD student in the lab

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 or 3 years part-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding in one or more of the many areas of mechanical engineering in which our Department has acknowledged expertise.

About the course

Overview

The MSc course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the ‘state-of-the-art’ in one or more of the many areas of mechanical engineering in which the Department has acknowledged expertise. This combines with the potential for students to develop their abilities in subjects such as numerical analysis and signal processing, which are useful in all areas of mechanical engineering and are associated with the application of computers in engineering practice.

The principal component of the course is the individual project, which is usually associated with current research activity or industrial consultancy, allowing you to gain substantial expertise in one particular area.

Further expertise is developed by taking taught course modules. Students can study an unusually broad range of subjects in the Department as a result of our position as one of the largest university engineering departments in the UK.

The success of the course can be measured by the large proportion of graduates who go on to find appropriate and challenging posts in industry, government, and universities at home and abroad.

The top two performing students will be awarded a PhD Scholarship that covers full tuition fees as well as a maintenance allowance at the standard yearly rate.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Advanced Mechanical Engineering may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years (two days per week) or three years (one day per week).

Because of the relatively short time spent in College, part-time students are expected to have considerable support from their employers amounting to an average of about one month per year spent working on their projects at their workplace.

Modules

  • Advanced control
  • Advanced vibration engineering
  • Aircraft engine technology
  • Combustion
  • Computational continuum mechanics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Finite element analysis and applications
  • Fundamentals of fracture mechanics
  • Integrated design and manufacture
  • Interfacing and data processing
  • Mechanical transmission technology
  • Introduction to nuclear engineering
  • Nuclear materials
  • Nuclear reactor physics
  • Polymer processing technology
  • Structure, properties and applications of polymers
  • Tribology
  • Vehicle propulsion technology
  • Welding, joining and adhesives

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

A first class (1st) Honours degree in engineering or science.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • £12,000 full-time
  • £6,000 per year two years part-time*
  • £4,000 per year three years part-time*

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • £29,000 full-time
  • £14,500 per year two years part-time*
  • £9,667 per year three years part-time*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Please note that students studying the course part-time over three years will not be eligible for the Postgraduate Master's Loan. 

Funding from Imperial

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply onlineFor full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information