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Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Research

The research aims of the School are to conduct high-quality, fundamental studies of value to international industries and to prepare research students for employment in these industries. Staff have strong relationships with international industry and with other leading institutions.

Research is split across three clusters:

Advanced Materials and Processing
Aerospace and Manufacturing
Clean Energies

The Advanced Materials and Processing cluster undertakes leading-edge, multidisciplinary research into the processing, modelling and development of high-performance materials across a broad range of applications.

The Aerospace and Manufacturing cluster has expertise in digital manufacturing, modelling and simulation, composites and modelling of complex systems.

The focus of research within the Clean Energies group is mostly in the areas of Modelling and Simulation, After-treatment, Turbomachinery and Energy from Waste, but does include other projects and applications associated with energy efficiency and thermal management.

Entry requirements

Research Degrees (PhD/MPhil/MD/Professional Doctorates)

The normal minimum requirement for admission to a research degree programme is an Upper Second Class Honours Degree from a UK or ROI Higher Education Provider or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Specific entrance requirements for individual programmes are available via the online Course Finder and we recommend that you also visit School webpages and contact potential supervisors to discuss your proposed research.

Factors taken into consideration by School selectors will include an assessment of an applicant’s academic background and research proposal (if applicable). Relevant publications, professional research experience or other achievements by the applicant may also be considered.

Further information is available on Higher Doctorates and PhD by Published Works.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, evidence of an acceptable level of proficiency will be required. In addition, applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Further information is available on the UK Government website.

The evidence should be in the form of a Secure English Language Test (SELT), or another English language qualification acceptable to the University which examines all four elements of language learning – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS Academic and TOEFL internet based tests should be taken within the last two years. Further information is available here.

Details of the English language requirements for entry to each postgraduate taught and research programme can be found in the individual Course Finder pages.

If you have not yet obtained an acceptable English Language qualification at the required level before sending us your application, your formal offer for postgraduate admission will include an English language condition which you must satisfy before the start of your programme.

INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a wide range of English language courses designed specifically for international students.

International applicants

For more information please visit the international section of our website.

Applicants who require assistance with the application process should email the International Admissions team at intl.student@qub.ac.uk

Duration

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).

Further enquiries

People teaching you
Dr Gary Menary
Mechanical and Aerospace Eng
Email: g.menary@qub.ac.uk

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Research areas

Research information

Associated Research
The major strength of the research within the School is the applied nature and industrial relevance of the work. The School has long standing collaborations with major multinational companies in the aerospace, automotive, polymer processing, medical device and packaging sectors.
Researchers in the School form leading components in the following major interdisciplinary centres (and forums) within the University, which have established international reputations and have been the focus of major investments in the last few years:

Centre for Theory and Application of Catalysis (CenTACat)

Centre of Excellence in Integrated Aerospace Technologies (CEIAT)

Medical Polymers Research Institute (MPRI)

Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE)

Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC)

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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