PhD with Integrated Studies Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbine Applications

Postgraduate course - PhD with Integrated Studies Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbine Applications:

Materials underpin almost all industrial sectors and the global challenges have increased the demand for materials engineers and researchers.

The School of Metallurgy and Materials has long been a centre of excellence in materials research and education. This EPSRC-sponsored four-year PhD with integrated studies programme combines 12 taught modules (120 credits) in Advanced Metallurgy/Materials, Materials Processing and Professional Development and a research project carried predominantly at the University location.

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This EPSRC-sponsored doctoral training programme focuses on research into structural metallic systems for gas turbine applications, covering alloy and process development, cost-reduction, life cycle analysis and environmental degradation.

This PhD with integrated studies programme, suitable both for full-time students and seconded employees, combines 12 taught modules (120 credits) in Advanced Metallurgy/Materials, Materials Processing and Professional Development and a major research project carried in a broad range of topics related to metallic materials used in gas turbines.

Students are normally based in the University and research projects can be carried out in the School or in industry.

Why study this course

The quality of the research work in the School of Metallurgy and Materials has been confirmed by our outstanding performance in successive Research Assessment Exercises. Metallurgy and Materials and the IRC in Materials Processing together make up the largest centre for materials research in the UK. We are justly proud of this international reputation and are keen to maintain it by encouraging high quality students to undertake research with us.

 Our diverse research portfolio ranges from fundamental aspects of materials science to practical high performance engineering applications. Research is funded from a wide range of sources including the UK research councils, the EU and a cross-section of UK and overseas industry. Most of our research projects involve active collaboration with industrial partners.


Students choose 120 credits out of the following modules to be completed within 4 years of the programme and those indicated by a * are compulsory:

  •  Effective Project Management *
  • Law*
  • Probability and Statistics *
  • Presentations Skills/Team Skills Development *
  • Design Against Failure I
  • Physical Metallurgy of Titanium and Nickel
  • Biomaterials
  • Materials for Sustainable Environmental Technologies
  • Functional Materials
  • Design Against Failure II
  • Surface Engineering
  • Polymer Science and Soft Matter
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Intermetallics
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Net Shape Manufacturing

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees 2017/18 academic year:

  • £4,195 UK/EU students, full-time
  • £2,098 UK/EU students, part-time
  • £19,710 International students, full-time

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Scholarships and studentships
Sources of funding may include the EPSRC, the BBSRC, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), the European Union and industrial funding for UK and EU students.International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
For further information contact the School directly or email

Entry requirements

Typical offer:
Typical offer: 2.ii or above in Materials Science/Engineering

The position will be open to students with:

  • An upper second class honours degree or better, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and/or
  • Relevant and sufficient industrial work experience in any relevant mathematics, chemical/material/physical sciences, engineering (EPSRC provides funding only for UK/EU applicants).

How to apply

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The formal training programme comprises a series of modules designed to develop your knowledge in Advanced Materials. The modules typically comprise a week long residential course normally at the University of Birmingham, and the equivalent of a week of private study.

The modules are designed to cater both for materials graduates and graduates from a range of engineering subjects with broad materials content. Each module is self-contained and assessed formally - most with a two-hour written examination directly at the end of each module.

The remainder of all years are spent on a research project and the final assessment is submission of the thesis.

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Professional accreditation

This programme is replacing current EngD in High Performance Materials, which has been accredited by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).