PhD with Integrated Studies Innovative Metal Processing

This course is open to our partner institutions only.

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, an individual summer research project (60 credits) and a PhD research project carried predominantly at the University location.

This EPSRC-sponsored doctoral training programme focuses on research into innovative metal processing technologies, costing casting, welding, net-shape forming, surface engineering, synthesis of nanomaterial and modelling of metal processing.

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, an individual summer research project (60 credits) in Year 1 and a PhD research project carried in a broad range of topics related to innovative metal processing in Years 2-4.

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 assessments.

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.


You will choose 180 credits out of the following modules to be completed within the first year of the programme.

Students with a degree in Materials (MAT) should have 110 credits of compulsory modules (including 60 credits from Individual Research Project); non-MAT students should have 130 credits (including Individual Research Project):

  • Introduction to Materials (10 credits) – for non-materials students
  • Materials Characterisation (10 credits) – for non-materials students
  • Thermodynamics & Phase Diagrams (10 credits)
  • Kinetics & Microstructure Modelling (10 credits)
  • Presentation and Communication Skills (10 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Joining Technology (10 credits)
  • Individual Research Project (60 credits)

Students with a degree in Materials (MAT) should chose 70 credits of option modules; non-MAT students should choose 50 credits of option modules from the following 10-credit modules:

  • Physical Metallurgy (Titanium and Nickel)
  • Surface Engineering
  • Environmental Failure of Materials
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Material Models and Modes of Failure
  • Conservation and Recycling of Materials
  • Surface Engineering Technology
  • Advanced Engineering Research Preparation
  • Understanding Surfaces in Engineering
  • Advanced Solid Mechanics
  • Intermetallics, Metal Matrix Composites and Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Functional Materials
  • Materials Design against Failure
  • Electron, Optical and X-ray Techniques
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Design against Failure I
  • Summer School /Conferences
  • Diamond light and ISIS course (Rutherford Application Lab)

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees 2019/20 academic year:

  • £4,320 UK/EU students, full-time
  • £21,420 International students, full-time

Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD. You will be able to apply for funding for the 2018 to 2019 academic year in summer 2018.

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Further information is available at the student finance zone.

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.


For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Entry requirements

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

This course is open to our partner institutions only.

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).

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International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about  international entry requirements

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with 5.5 minimum band score
  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • PTE Academic: 51 in all four skills

Further information about postgraduate English language requirements, including alternative qualifications considered and Pre-Sessional English.

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 are delivered at the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Leisters, which are partners of the EPSRC IMPACT DTC (

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. An individual research project is carried out during the summer of the first year mainly for research methodology and skill training.

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

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