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
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.
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 (or part-time equivalent).
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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)
People teaching you
Dr Gary Menary
Mechanical and Aerospace Eng
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
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These are due December 2017
Aerospace Engineering costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.
How do I fund my study?
PhD Funded Opportunities
Find PhD funding opportunities and studentships by subject area.
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Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's
Queen's has seven outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and more importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.
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New UK PhD loans
The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2018.
Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.
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Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.
Speak to your supervisor
If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions. If you have your own research idea, contact the relevant School www.qub.ac.uk/about/Leadership-and-structure/Faculties-and-Schools to discuss it with us. If you are unsure of who to contact, email our Faculty Hubs www.qub.ac.uk/about/Leadership-and-structure/Faculties-and-Schools for guidance. You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.
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