Research Degrees in

Engineering (Sensing, Imaging, Materials, Bioengineering, Design, Simulation and Sustainable Engineering)

in the Faculty of Science & Engineering

Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MPhil and PhD, either full-time or part-time.

Engineering Research at Manchester Met is carried out within the Dalton Research Institute and the School of Engineering.

This research is mostly applied in nature and utilises the expertise of its academic staff across a wide range of areas related to the development of better technologies.

The emphasis of this research is to improve our lives through (for example) the better application of theory to the design and control of machines and processes, for assistive technology in healthcare, the modelling and design of environments in which we work and live, the production and characterisation of novel materials and the modification of surfaces for a wide range of applications.

Research is undertaken in the following Centres/Groups:

  1. Sensing and Imaging Group
  2. Advanced Materials and Surface Engineering Group
  3. Bioengineering Group
  4. Advanced Design and Simulation (ADS) Group
  5. Transport Engineering
  6. Manufacturing Engineering
  7. Power, Renewables and Sustainable Engineering


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. 
For queries, please contact:

How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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