Professional Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering - PhD

    • Full or part time
      Full time , Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
    • Course Start
      September, January
    • Course Duration
      MSc one year full-time, two years part-time; PhD three to four years full-time, five to six years part-time
    • Professional Doctorate Type

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines in a highly stimulating academic environment.

    The Mechanical Engineering Group in School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) offers a Masters by Research (MRes) as well as a PhD programme in Mechanical Engineering. A full time MRes is a one year programme that leads to a research thesis. The duration for PhD programme is three years. 

    The MRes and PhD research-led degrees in the Mechanical Engineering Group will allow you to undertake cutting-edge projects in advanced fields of Mechanical Engineering. These research fields include:

    • computer aided design (CAD), 
    • failure of materials and structures, 
    • computational fluid dynamics (CFD), 
    • automation and manufacturing, 
    • risk and reliability,
    • industrial maintenance,
    • robotics and autonomous systems, 
    • and digital mechanics. 

    The School has state-of-the-art facilities and experimental equipment to support students’ research such as 3-D printer, wind tunnel, dynamic testing machines, mechatronic units and non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment. The School provides research students the opportunity to participate in regular research seminars and workshops. We also offer research students the possibility of attending international conferences organised by Mechanical Engineering societies to present their work.

    Our one year MSc by Research in Mechanical Engineering is an internationally recognised advanced postgraduate research degree, providing an ideal foundation for advanced skills and knowledge. Traditional MSc degrees primarily contain taught modules, whilst an MSc by Research is heavily research or practice-based and you learn through hands-on projects.

    Whereas a taught Masters develops expertise in existing subject knowledge, an MSc by Research places more emphasis on research and practical expertise and is project-based rather than module-based. An MSc by Research can focus on individual research skills, providing a strong foundation to build on for students considering a doctoral degree (PhD). Alternatively, our MSc by Research can be done via a practice-based approach, which is more orientated toward the industry. It is well structured, with clearly defined tasks to be completed, which will eventually lead to the final dissertation.

    January 2021 starts 

    You can start some of our postgraduate degrees in January. If you’re taking a career break to study this could be the best option for you. A January start also works well for overseas students as it allows more time to meet visa requirements. Find out more about our January intake programmes.. 


    Visit the Mechanical Engineering - PhD page on the University of Kent website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    A 2:2 or higher honours degree or MSc with Merit or above in suitable subjects such as mechanical, material, civil, and structural engineering, mathematics.

    All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

    All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.


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