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MPhil, PhDMechanical & aerospace engineering

Research opportunities

We're home to award-winning and internationally recognised research centres spanning energy, aerospace, fluids, structures and materials. Our work involves both the creation of new knowledge and understanding, and translating that new knowledge into the technologies of tomorrow.

The department’s research, teaching and industrial support work is underpinned by state-of-the-art laboratories and local-access to a 3500-node region supercomputer.

You can study an MPhil over the course of one year or a PhD over three.

You can study either degree in any of our four research groups:

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) programme 

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • the knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • the personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
  • the standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PG Cert RPD programme.

Our centres

Aerospace Centre of Excellence – contact: Professor Massimiliano Vasile

Energy Systems Research Unit – contact: Professor Joseph Clarke

James Weir Fluids Laboratory – contact: Dr Yonghao Zhang

Mechanics & Materials Research Centre – contact: Professor Andrew Heyes

 

How can I apply?

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a first or second class honours degree from a United Kingdom university or equivalent.

In all cases, applicants whose first language is not English shall be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of competence in the English language.

The application

Applications are made online and all documents can be uploaded with the application. During the process, you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of IELTS English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

Research supervisors are assigned to you by the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

Let us know who you'd like to work with in your application but the department will team you up with the best supervisor for your project.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration.

If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they can't supervise then it's passed along to another supervisor for consideration.

If they can supervise you then the supervisor will confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

If you accept our offer of study, you'll then be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Applicants applying for a specific advertised project, should apply to the academic member of staff in the first instance, prior to making an on-line application.

Accepting an offer

Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

International students

An ATAS clearance certificate will be a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.

You do not need an ATAS certificate if:

  • you are a UK/EU/EEA national
  • you require a Tier 4 student Visa, Entry Clearance or Extension to Stay to study in the UK
  • you wish to study within certain subject areas at the University where the exit award will be a doctorate or postgraduate masters degree

Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Careers

We have a great careers service that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have loads of different support for all students here at our University. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Discover more about mechanical & aerospace engineering

We're rated 1st in Scotland for mechanical & aerospace engineering

CPD and training

In the rapidly changing technological world, engineers have an obligation to keep up with new developments. At the Department of MAE, we offer high-value training courses in a number of fields, and have recently launched a course in the design of low and zero carbon housing, accredited by the PassivHaus Institute in Germany.

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Life in Glasgow

We're one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a recent Rough Guide poll, we're also named a must-visit destination in the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust.

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Scholarships & funding opportunities

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We can help with a wide range of financial support.