Project code



School of Mechanical and Design Engineering

Start dates

October 2020

Closing date

23 February 2020

Our PhD funding schemes are now closed for 2020.

Our funding schemes are now closed for 2020 - but if you're a UK, EU, or International student interested in PhD scholarships or bursaries, our Funding your degree page provides information about our funded PhD opportunities, and details on how to apply for them. 

In the mean time, contact us to stay up-to-date with our upcoming funded PhD opportunities.

The School of Mechanical and Design Engineering has leading researchers investigating a wide range of different topics including:

Entry Requirements

You'll need an upper second class honours degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree with Merit in a relevant subject area. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or Qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

How to apply

We’d encourage you to discuss your own research idea and find out more about our research areas of expertise by contacting the lead of the research centres listed above or the School Research Degrees Coordinator Dr Andrea Bucchi. A university supervisor needs to support any bursary application so it is important you make informal contact before you apply to discuss the suitability of your proposal.

When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. Make sure you submit a short research proposal, a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.

Your research proposal (up to 1500 words) should provide the background to the proposed research, and an outline of your proposed methodology. The proposed research should relate to one of the above research areas. It is essential to contact potential supervisors for your research before submitting your application so that you can explore and develop your research ideas with them.

Please note: If you want to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must quote project code SMDE4660220 when applying.


Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to the research leads mentioned above.

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