Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | MPhil
Entry Year
Academic Year 2021/22
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

Doing a PhD in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is a highly rewarding experience. You will carry out your research in a friendly and supportive environment, supervised by academics who are leaders in their field, using well-equipped laboratories and research facilities, alongside students from all over the world. We have around 100 students enrolled on a PhD at a time. The School has a vibrant PhD student mentoring programme and a student led Research Culture Committee.

The School’s research is focused around six interconnected research themes: Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, Future Aircraft, Composite Materials and Structures, Simulation Technologies, Clean Energy and Biomaterials and Biomechanics.

PhD opportunities are available in a wide range of subjects aligned to the specific expertise of our PhD supervisors. Many are linked with leading companies and organisations.

Key Facts

Research students are encouraged to play a full and active role in the research activities undertaken within the School. Students attend international conferences and participate in relevant external academic and industrial networks worldwide.

  • The School has strong links with both local and international engineering employers, and has longstanding relationships with companies such as Airbus, Caterpillar, ExxonMobil, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, McLaren F1 and Rolls-Royce.
  • PhD research contributes to major interdisciplinary centres in the University, including:
    •Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE)
    •Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC)
    •Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC)
  • The School has well equipped laboratories and great research facilities. PhD students share offices alongside postdoctoral staff. The School has Research Culture Committee to enhance the research environment of the School and support PhD students.
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Course content

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course
Many of our MPhil graduates have moved into academic and research roles in Higher Education while others go on to play leading roles in industry, industry or become entrepreneurs.

People teaching you

Dr Trevor Robinson
Doctoral Programme Director
Mech & Aerospace Engineering
Email: t.robinson@qub.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

Course structure

You will carry out leading research under the guidance of your supervisory team. A full time student will normally complete in three years (up to a maximum of four), or part time over six years (up to a maximum of eight).

Research will usually be in one of the key, interlinked research themes in the School, and the subtopics they cover, include:-

Advanced Manufacturing and Processing - cost modelling, ergonomics, intelligent control, laser processing, life cycle analysis, material characterisation, mechatronics, parallel kinematic machines, polymer processing, robotics and ultra-precision manufacturing.

Future Aircraft - aero engines, aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, aircraft operations, design and analysis, optimisation and structural testing

Composite Materials and Structures -damage mechanics and crashworthiness, material characterisation, multifunctional composites and nano-enhanced composites

Simulation Technologies - FEA/CFD/EFG/DES/MD, kinematic modelling, meshing, multiscale/Multiphysics, optimisation, simulation intent, systems modelling, uncertainty quantification, virtual testing and design visual analytics and big data

Clean Energy - biofuels, catalysis, life cycle assessment, power systems, turbomachinery and waste management

Biomaterials and Biomechanics - biomimetics, material characterisation, mechanobiology and medical devices.

Also, over the course of study, you can attend postgraduate skills training organised by the Graduate School, or other internal and external training courses organised through your supervisor.

Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
DTPSCIDM: Adaptive control of high performance machining by parallel robots
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Parallel robots / parallel kinematic machine, Deformation modelling, Compensation, Adaptive control Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Developing a Digital-Twin of laser welding process applying Deep Learning Neural Network
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Multiphysics, Laser welding, Deep learning, Neural Network Dr Gasser Abdelal
Supervisor
Dr Gasser Abdelal
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Development and experimental validation of an advanced-level finite element-based simulation software for the additive manufacturing of polymers
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, finite element analysis, polymer, mechanics Dr Zahur Ullah
Supervisor
Dr Zahur Ullah
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Future factory digital design
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD manufacturing, predictive modelling,cyber-physical systems Prof. Adrian Murphy
Supervisor
Prof. Adrian Murphy
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Identifying analysis features in CAD models by machine learning
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, representative learning, computer aided Dr Trevor Robinson
Supervisor
Dr Trevor Robinson
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Digital-Twin based In-Process Quality Control for Robotic Machining
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD In-process quality monitoring, Signal processing, Machine learning, Machining,Digital-twin, Robotics Dr Mien Van
Supervisor
Dr Mien Van
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: A virtual reality platform for safe testing of human-robot interactions
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Human-robot interaction, virtual reality, robot safety, manufacturing, Industry 4.0 Prof. Karen Rafferty
Supervisor
Prof. Karen Rafferty
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
28 February 2021
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2 1614470400
DTPSCIDM: Design and Manufacturing of 3D-Printable Nanocomposites for Renewable Energy Applications
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD 3-D printing, nanocomposites, energy devices, intelligent design, energy storage, sustainable, Dr Oana Istrate
Supervisor
Dr Oana Istrate
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Finite element modelling for medium frequency power electronics design and packaging
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Power electronics, Finite element modelling, Medium frequency transformer, Packaging. Dr Ahmad Elkhateb
Supervisor
Dr Ahmad Elkhateb
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Innovative design capability of turbine blade using additive manufacturing
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Turbomachinery, Additive Manufacturing, CFD, FEA, Optimization Dr Sung in Kim
Supervisor
Dr Sung in Kim
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Manufacture for Design – A Method for Designing Performance Critical Products
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Design, Manufacture, Aerospace, Automotive, Space Professor Frank Kirkland
Supervisor
Professor Frank Kirkland
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Secure Networks for Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Network security Cyber Security IoT Industrial IoT Dr Kieran McLaughlin
Supervisor
Dr Kieran McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Integration of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Artificial Intelligence and metrology to understand how uncertainty (manufacturing and modelling) can affect nozzles manufacturing and performance.
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Manufacturing, Computational Fluid dynamics, Artificial Intelligence Dr Marco Geron
Supervisor
Dr Marco Geron
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Advanced manufacturing of mm-wave lens antennas for future wireless technologies
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Wireless networks, antenna, Advanced manufacturing, 3d-printing Dr Dmitry Zelenchuk
Supervisor
Dr Dmitry Zelenchuk
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Development of an Intelligent Robotic Rotational Moulding Cell for Sustainable Manufacturing of Thermoplastics
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Robotics, Industry 4.0, Rotational Moulding, Plastics, Intelligent and Sustainable Manufacturing Dr Peter Martin
Supervisor
Dr Peter Martin
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Multiobjective crashworthiness optimisation of additively manufactured auxetic structures under severe loading conditions
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Advanced materials, auxetics, additive manufacturing, optimisation, blast, impact, crashworthiness Dr Zafer Kazancı
Supervisor
Dr Zafer Kazancı
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM:Software Defined Networks for Secure Connected Energy Monitoring and Real-Time Control in Manufacturing
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Software Defined Networking, Energy Monitoring, Smart Grids,Cyber Security Decarbonisation, Climate Dr David Laverty
Supervisor
Dr David Laverty
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Design and development of effective and interconnected smart fire suppression systems for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Battery, Lithium-ion battery, Energy storage, Fire suppression, Sensors Machine learning Electric V Dr Stephen Glover
Supervisor
Dr Stephen Glover
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
DTPSCIDM: Biohaviour: Generative Design Systems for Jet Engines
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Engineering design, geometry, manufacturing, virtual reality Professor Mark Price
Supervisor
Professor Mark Price
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Optimising mechanical properties and degradation profile of orthopaedic bone repair devices harmonised with tissue regeneration.
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Biomaterial, Tissue engineering, Medical implant Prof Fraser Buchanan
Supervisor
Prof Fraser Buchanan
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Unfunded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Rapid approaches to assess power-plant loading for novel aircraft concepts under extreme events
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Simulation, FEA, Aerospace, Finite Element Analysis, Aircraft Dr Declan Nolan
Supervisor
Dr Declan Nolan
Funding
Funded
EPSRC
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Stiffness modelling and process planning of reconfigurable parallel robots considering gravity effects
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Parallel robots Stiffness modelling integrating gravity effects Process planning for optimised stiff Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Dfe studentship
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Design, development and control of a haptic device for eye surgery
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Haptic device Console of surgical robot Design of haptic device Maser slave control of surgical robo Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Dfe studentship, Cathedral Eye Clinic
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Human Robot Collaborative Manufacture
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Human robot collaboration, Virtual reality, Aircraft assembly Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Dfe
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
High precision control of a medical robot for eye surgery
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Medical robot Minimal Invasive surgery Calibration Closed-loop control Vision sensing Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Dfe studentship, Cathedral Eye Clinic
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Adaptive control of high performance machining by parallel robots
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Parallel Kinematic Machines / parallel robots Deformation modelling Process control Compensation Ada Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Dfe studentship
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Energy modelling and management of machining by parallel kinematic machines
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Parallel Kinematic Machines Energy modelling Green manufacturing Process optimisation Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Dfe studentship
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Structural performance of composite structures: A combined finite element and experimental investigation
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Finite element analysis, Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, multi-scale modelling, solid mec Dr Zahur Ullah
Supervisor
Dr Zahur Ullah
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Unfunded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Smart and sustainable polymer nanocomposites
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Polymer, Material, Composite, Nanomaterial, Biomaterial, Smart Material, Sustainability, Energy Professor Biqiong Chen
Supervisor
Professor Biqiong Chen
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Unfunded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Innovative design capability of turbine blade using additive manufacturing
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Turbomachinery, Additive Manufacturing, CFD, Optimization Dr Sung in Kim
Supervisor
Dr Sung in Kim
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Unfunded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Biohaviour: Human Robot Collaborative Manufacture
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Human robot collaboration Combined intelligence Smart manufacturing Virtual reality Aircraft assembl Dr Yan Jin
Supervisor
Dr Yan Jin
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Efficient product simulation approaches to enable bio-inspired design (Biohaviour)
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Modelling, Simulation, FEA Engineering Design Dr Declan Nolan
Supervisor
Dr Declan Nolan
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Biohaviour: Generative Design Systems for Airframe Structures
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Generative design, geometry modelling, additive manufacturing, parameterisation, digital twin, airfr Professor Mark Price
Supervisor
Professor Mark Price
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Biohaviour: Novel geometric modelling methods for generative design systems
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Generative design, geometry modelling, additive manufacturing, parameterisation, level set, digital Dr Trevor Robinson
Supervisor
Dr Trevor Robinson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Unfunded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Development of Cellulosic Structural and Semi-structural Sustainable Composites
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Dr Eoin Cunningham
Supervisor
Dr Eoin Cunningham
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
3 January 2021
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2 1609632000
Uncertainty propagation across scales for composite laminates
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Dr Humberto Almeida Jr
Supervisor
Dr Humberto Almeida Jr
Funding
Funded
Application deadline
31 March 2021
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Funded Mechanical Engineering Open 2 1617145200
Compostable Biopolymer Food Packaging Development
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD Compostable Packaging Biopolymers Agri Waste Valorisation Packaging Dr Eoin Cunningham
Supervisor
Dr Eoin Cunningham
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Unfunded Mechanical Engineering Open 2
Design and performance analysis of expansion device systems for the next generation of hypersonic vehicles
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering | PHD CFD, Expansion device systems, non-equilibrium flow. Dr Marco Geron
Supervisor
Dr Marco Geron
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Unfunded Mechanical Engineering Open 2

Entrance requirements

Graduate
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.

International Students

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.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

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.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £TBC
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £TBC
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £TBC
EU Other 3 £22,000
International £22,000

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Mechanical Engineering costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

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?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a 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.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.