By studying a PhD with us, you will be at the forefront of developing industry and making a pivotal change to society.
As well as this, you'll have access to an unparalleled support network. In addition to the supervisors associated directly to each researcher, the school have two mentors who can be approached to discuss specific issues that affect their progress. Also, the school has a postgraduate research administrator who advises all researchers on procedures followed by the school.
As a doctoral researcher at Birmingham, you will have easy access to the materials and facilites you need to undetake world-class research. In recent years, over £5 million has been invested in new laboratories for advanced manufacturing, micro-engineering and biomedical engineering and we are continually expanding our facilities.
Our Design Centre houses over 80 networked computers for computer-aided engineering including computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacture (CAM), finite-element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and systems modelling (engine systems; 1-d gas dynamic). There are also facilities for group design work, two new RP3D printing machines complementing the existing Denford table top four axis Compact 1000 Pro CNC router and milling machines.
Our £2.5 million machining research equipment is housed in a single purpose-built laboratory, enabling us to complete research contracts with industrial partners involving aeroengine manufacture, new materials evaluation (including titaniums and carbon fibre composites) and micro-sensor development for a whole range of applications. Our new engines laboratories are being used to research engines for hybrid vehicle power-trains in highly realistic transient speed/load conditions, including the effects of very cold start and combustion air (from -20°C) on emissions and performance.
We also have a biomedical engineering laboratory within a Class 2 containment area, equipped with the latest electro-mechanical testing machines for evaluating surgical implants, enabling us to work with surgeons and with the healthcare industry. Our clean room houses nanotechnology equipment used to make micro-electro- mechanical systems (MEMS).
We also have recently invested in a cryogenic energy laboratory, a £1 million purpose built facilitiy for energy storage using cryogenic liquids, state of the art equipment and a major demonstration plant.