MPhil, PhD Mechanical & aerospace engineering

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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 years.

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

Our centres

Aerospace Centre of Excellence – contact: Professor Massimiliano VasileEnergy Systems Research Unit – contact: Professor Joseph ClarkeJames Weir Fluids Laboratory – contact: Professor Yonghao ZhangMechanics & Materials Research Centre

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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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England, Wales & Northern Ireland




Additional costs

Standard costs of:

  • thesis printing and binding (via University IT facilities and recommended bookbinders)
  • journal article publication fees
  • bench fees (for use of experimental facilities or consumables where applicable)

Other general costs are normally covered by a student's Research Supervisor, dependent on any specific project limitations.


Have a look at our scholarship search to find any funding opportunities available.

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.

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What our students think

Nishanth DONGARI mechanical and aerospace engineering pgr student

Nishanth Dongari

Strathclyde is a world-class university hosting researchers from all over the world and known as one of the best in the UK for engineering sciences.
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Zhang Yuxuan, mechanical and aerospace engineering student

Zhang Yuxuan

I was very curious about the life experience in a completely different culture. Strathclyde had a very good reputation in engineering so I took the opportunity without hesitation

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.

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Our research

Our research is carried out in award-winning and internationally recognised research centres in energy, aerospace, fluids and materials.

We apply our knowledge and understanding in mechanical & aerospace engineering (MAE) to solve challenges faced by industry and society.

Our research programmes have delivered projects from marine turbines for clean energy to lightweight material for efficient transportation. We have state-of-the-art laboratories and local access to a 3500-node region supercomputer.

Find out more about our research

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International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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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.


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Student support

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

Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

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

How to apply
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Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent.

If your first language is not English, you'll require 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.


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

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

Accepting an offer

When 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

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4851


James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ