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PhD, MPhil, EngD, Industrial DoctorateDesign, manufacture & engineering management

Research opportunities

We welcome speculative research proposals across all our degrees throughout the year.

DMEM Doctorate Programme

At DMEM we offer MPhil, PhD, Industrial Doctorate and Engineering Doctorate (EngD) post-graduate degrees. All of these pathways lie within our Doctorate Programme, which is aligned to our key research areas:

Our PGR students are located in a custom-designed research office, the Leonardo Suite, which facilitates the building of a strong research community and enables students from our range of disciplines to share ideas and learn from each other. Find out more about what our current PGR students are doing.

What is a PhD?

PhD degree programmes enable students to undertake cutting edge research work for a period of up to three-and-a-half years.

It’s expected the outcomes of this research will represent a significant and original advancement of knowledge in the chosen field and will be published in leading science and/or engineering journals, as well as in the end of programme doctoral thesis. PhD programmes can be self-funded or sponsored by industry, the University, a research council, or combination of these.

What is an EngD?

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a four-year doctoral research programme involving a significant taught component. The programme offers students and graduates a unique opportunity to carry out in-depth study and research in advanced manufacturing techniques, forging and forming. It provides ambitious and able students with the technical, business and personal development competencies needed to become the senior research managers of the future.

Unlike a traditional PhD, the EngD is focused on industry based research. On completion of the course, students will be awarded an EngD in Advanced Manufacturing: Forging & Forming, equivalent to a PhD.

The EngD programme is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Doctorate Centre (AMIDC), funded in part by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The AMIDC is a collaboration between the Advanced Forming Research Centre and our department. It focuses on developing new and enhanced manufacturing techniques within the forming and forging sectors.

Find out more about our EngD programme.

Why study an EngD?

The programme will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of manufacturing issues, gain industrial experience and learn how to expertly communicate and implement real-world engineering solutions. You'll get the chance to work with global industrial companies and enhance your CV. Unlike a traditional PhD, the EngD is focused on industry-based research, working at the centre or within the industrial sponsors’ facilities. Programme output is research-based solutions for industry identified manufacturing issues.

What is an Industrial Doctorate?

An Industrial Doctorate is an industrially-focused three-year equivalent research project and PhD education, conducted jointly by a private sector company, an Industrial PhD candidate and the University of Strathclyde.

The Industrial PhD candidate is employed by the company throughout the time enrolled at the University, with the employer covering the fees.

Each PGR degree has a slightly different funding profile and mode of study – contact us for more information on the PGR pathways.

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.

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

You'll need a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline from a recognised academic institution.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • a CV
  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of 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.


Research supervisors are assigned to you by the Department of Design, Manufacture & 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 cannot supervise then it's passed along to another 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, you'll be sent a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.

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 (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.

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 transferable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Departmental events

To help develop our PGR students we hold a series of departmental events, including research seminars to give you the opportunity to present your work, poster presentation showcases, a research stand-up event, and monthly PGR information sharing sessions.


We have a great careers service at Strathclyde that can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

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.

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