Take your knowledge and ambitions to the next level with a research degree at Derby. We will help you achieve a highly regarded MPhil or PhD specialising in areas such as mechanical and aerospace engineering, manufacturing, design, motorsport engineering or the built environment.
- Conduct your research under the supervision of inspirational academics who are experts in their disciplines
- Use state-of-the-art equipment and simulation software for researching areas such as materials and thermofluids, for assessing and improving machine performance and for optimising design
- Join an international community of students and staff from different backgrounds and with wide-ranging industrial experience
- Share your ideas and achievements through presentations and conferences
- Seize the opportunity to engage with industry both within Derby and internationally, thanks to our strong links with major companies
- Benefit from the support of our dedicated Research Office so that you complete your studies in a structured and professional manner
Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
We will work with you to design an individual research programme that suits your topic. You will meet your supervisor regularly for guidance and progress monitoring.
There are three routes to a higher degree:
This is for graduates who want to gain a strong knowledge and understanding of the subject, and then take the discipline forward through an approved programme of original research.
New Route PhD
The new route is for recently qualified graduates with good honours degrees who are keen to progress immediately to a research experience. This will prepare you for a career in which the ability to undertake research plays a key role.
Traditional Route PhD
This route entails a programme of research which normally takes three years of full-time study. You can also choose to take it part time over a period of up to six years. The traditional route enables capable and qualified individuals, usually with a masters degree, to pursue an original research investigation into a chosen topic within a field of enquiry.
We offer a variety of topics at PhD level in mechanical/aerospace engineering and the built environment. Many involve working with industrial companies in the East Midlands.
Recent topics investigated by our PhD students include:
- Multiscale Assessment and Modelling of Low Energy Impact Fatigue in Aerospace Composite Structures
- Large Eddy Simulation of Wake-induced Transition
- Pressure Gain Combustion: Fuel Spray and Shockwave Interaction
- Optimising Aerospace Material Performance by Embedding 3D Fibre into Composite Preform
- Urban Information Management: Sustainable Urban Information Systems
- Using Intelligent Augmented Reality (AR) for Multi-User Collaborative Design and Manufacturing
- Expert System for the Estimating of Costs for Large Complex Engineering Projects
- Reducing Aircraft Noise through the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Neural Networks
- Sustainability Impact of BIM and Low Energy Design
- A New Approach to Characterisation Material Properties from Measurement Data Using Combined Inversed Analysis and Optimisation
- Simulation-based Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Sustainable Manufacturing Design and Management
With the prestige of a PhD on your CV, you can progress in your present job or seek new career opportunities in a range of areas such as research and teaching in universities, industrial research centres or publicly funded bodies. You can also enter management at a senior level within industrial companies.
† Additional information about your studies
Full time: MPhil – studies over two years, PhD – Three years.
Part time: PhD – Six years, New route PhD studied over four years.
Enrol between August and May
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.