PhD/MPhil Materials Engineering

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

PhD/MPhil Materials Engineering

With our main research strengths of aerospace materials, environmental materials and steel technology, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a PhD or MPhil student in Materials Engineering.

Key Features

The internationally leading materials research conducted at Swansea is funded by prestigious organisations. These industrial research links provide excellent opportunities for research.

Find out more about the world-leading Materials Research Centre at Swansea University.


Recent PhD theses supervised in the area of Materials Engineering at Swansea University include

  • Bioinspired investigation via x-ray computed micromography
  • Characterisation of Compressor Abradable Systems 
  • Validation of a high integrity/repair process for aerospace materials 
  • Constitutive behaviour in turbine disc alloys
  • Investigating the dwell crack growth and creep resistance behaviour of next generation nickel disc alloys
  • Addressing the scale up challenges of solid state mesoscopic solar cells
  • Low cost dye sensitized solar cells on metal substrates 
  • Role of environment and its effects on high temperature corrosion-fatigue life in nickel based superalloys 
  • Non destructive inspection techniques for additive material structures
  • Constitutive relationships and the prediction of notched specimen behaviour under TMF loading 

Find out more about some of  the academic staff supervising theses in these areas:

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD or MPhil Materials Engineering is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:


How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email to express your interest in a PhD or MPhil Materials Engineering.

Apply online and track your application status for the PhD or MPhil Materials Engineering at

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the PhD or MPhil Materials Engineering at

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,195 £18,450
Ph.D. Part-time £2,097.50 £9,250
M.Phil. Full-time £4,195 £18,450
M.Phil. Part-time £2,097.50 £9,250

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2017 please refer to the 2016/17 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the PhD or MPhil Materials Engineering do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

PhD: Typically three years in duration (full-time) or six years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.

MPhil: Typically two years in duration (full-time) or four years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.



PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva). In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

Student profile

"The high quality standard of research output that the College of Engineering at Swansea University produces is internationally recognised. For instance, the College was the home of the late Professor Olek Zienkiewicz, the Timoshenko medal recipient acclaimed as the father of the world-changing computational modelling technique known as the Finite Element Method. The technique is cited as one of the top 100 discoveries made in British Universities that changed the world.

The course is a collaboration between two research centres within the College, the Civil and Computational Research Centre (C2EC) and the Materials Research Centre (MRC). The research work comprises both computational and experimental aspects. The research output is expected to provide insights for a current industrial problem overcoming the greenhouse gas effect.

Being able to be in an environment with maybe the best experts in the field, I really learnt a lot. The invaluable information exchange is becoming a foundation for my future career. Furthermore, the University supports non-engineering skills development for postgraduate students in order to prepare all the students with necessary skills needed by industries."

M. Fauzan Adziman, PhD student in Civil Engineering (1st supervisor) and Materials Engineering (2nd Supervisor)


Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Within Engineering at Swansea University there are state-of-the-art facilities specific to Materials Engineering.

  • Comprehensive computer systems for specialist and general purposes.
  • World-leading equipment for characterisation of the mechanical properties of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials.
  • Extensive range of laboratories housing scanning electron microscopes with full microanalysis and electron backscatter diffraction capabilities.

Find out more about the Materials Engineering facilities at Swansea University.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

  • Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
  • Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
  • Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK