PhD, MPhil, EngD, Industrial Doctorate Design, manufacturing & engineering management

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Research opportunities

In the Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management (DMEM), we welcome speculative research proposals across all our research degrees throughout the year. Please submit a proposal or make an enquiry by emailing

DMEM Doctoral Programme

We offer MPhil, PhD, Industrial Doctorate and Engineering Doctorate (EngD) postgraduate degrees. These pathways lie within our Doctoral Programme, which is aligned to our world-leading research centres and clusters:

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Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management

We're focused on 'Delivering Total Engineering' through research excellence, effective industrial partnerships and creative engineering education.

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Research space and specialist facilities 

Joining DMEM as a PhD student gains you access to our bespoke Leonardo Suite, a postgraduate research community area, including individual desks, group working areas, white boards, meeting rooms and a shared kitchen. 

Additionally, within our department we have a range of specialist facilities, equipment and workshops to enable you to develop your research and tests. For example, the Digital Design and Manufacture Studio, and our Centre for Precision Manufacture, find out more about all of our facilities and equipment.

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Our Doctoral Programme


Within a PhD degree programmes you'll undertake cutting-edge research work for a period of up to three-and-a-half years. The outcomes of this research are expected to 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 at the end of programme doctoral thesis. PhD programmes can be self-funded or sponsored by industry, the University, a research council, or a combination of these.


The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a four-year doctoral research programme involving a significant taught component. The programme offers you 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 successful completion of the course, you'll be awarded an EngD in Advanced Manufacturing: Forging & Forming which is equivalent to a PhD.

The EngD programme is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Doctorate Centre (AMIDC). 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 structure.

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 they are enrolled at the University, with the employer covering the fees.

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

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

*Fees have not yet been set by research councils.

Chris McTeague, Design, manufacture & engineering management PhD student.
At first the idea of doing research seemed pretty alien to me, but the first time I read the project proposal I knew right away it was something I had to get involved in.
Chris McTeague
Design, manufacture & engineering management
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Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD) programme 

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

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.


The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Read our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

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Entry requirements

You'll need a first-class or upper second-class 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, Manufacturing & Engineering. Let us know in your application who you'd like to work with, 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 are unable to supervise, it's passed along to another for consideration. If they can supervise you, they’ll 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.

When you accept our offer of study, you'll receive 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.

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Contact us

Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3771