University of Nottingham Malaysia

Materials, Mechanics and Structures Division

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The Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division is a collaborative effort dedicated to support cutting edge research activities that cover all aspects of mechanics, materials processing, and structural engineering design. Our mission is to promote high quality multidisciplinary research, from fundamental to applications, in the areas of aerospace, biomaterials and biomechanics, computational mechanics, dynamic systems and control, geomechanics, advanced nanomaterials and polymer composites processing.

Materials, Mechanics and Structures Postgraduate Research

We aim to provide an ideal environment for carrying out any theoretical, computational and experimental works, which are supported by modern instrumental facilities and fast computational technologies. Most of our research projects are financially supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Ministry of Finance (MOF) and various industrial collaborators and partners.

Research groups within the Materials, Mechanics and  Structures Research Division are:

Advanced Materials

The Advanced Materials Research Group was established with the purpose to support and foster multidisciplinary research on advanced materials in science and engineering among the division members.

Research areas

  • Engineering of advanced nanomaterials for photocatalysis, organic photovoltaic and microelectronic application
  • Design and development of microfluidic devices viaminiaturisation technology for aerospace and biological assays application
  • Fabrication of novel metal oxides, quantum dots and graphene nanomaterials for molecular sensing application 



Bioengineering Research Group aims to achieve excellence of research in the areas of Tissue Engineering (TE) and Biomaterials. TE provides an advanced alternative therapy to patients with diseased or damaged organs through the regeneration of tissue. Our overall goal is to contribute to the better and healthier human lives. 

We are currently focused on the development of scaffold library by means of rapid prototyping (RP) technology in combination with novel biopolymers to cater for tailored TE applications.

Research partners and collaborations include the Ministry of Higher Education, Hospital Universiti Kebangsan Malaysia, and the MIDAS project at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

Research themes

  • Computational modelling and simulation of the scaffold design
  • Fabrication and characterisation of physical scaffold
  • In vitro and in vivo tissue generation
  • Clinical trial for TE application


Current research in the Geomechanics Research Group focuses on the development and improvement of the design and construction aspects of some common engineering works in the construction industry. Our research outputs are intended for practical civil engineers to improve their knowledge and competency in carrying out design and construction works.

Research areas


  • Ageing effects on mechanical and physical characteristics of bituminous mixtures
  • Bearing and settlement behaviours of piled-rafts in soft clay
  • Improving bearing capacity of circular footings using key wall
  • Prediction of shaft- and base resistance factors from static maintained load tests
  • 3-D finite element modeling and full scale measurements of pullout capacities on single-plate and multiple-plate discrete deadman anchors

Polymer Composites

The Polymer Composites Research Group is formed by a dedicated team with expert knowledge in design, manufacture and performance optimisation of both polymer and advanced fibre reinforced composites. Fundamental principles are applied, and ‘state-of-the-art’ techniques are utilised to ensure that the properties and performance of the end products are perfectly adapted to design specifications. Our research themes combine curiosity-driven research with application driven objectives, leading the development of advanced synthetic/natural fibre reinforced composites.

Research areas


  • Development of novel manufacturing processes
  • Materials characterisation
  • Optimisation of performance/cost ratio in processing of thermoplastics and thermosets
  • FEA and CFD modelling relate to mechanical performance and process simulation
  • Crashworthiness studies of automotive vehicle
  • Textile composites

Structural Integrity and Dynamics

The Structural Integrity and Dynamics Research Group activities have a connection with the structure, its dynamics and the thermo-fluid–structure interactions. We have received funding from industrial and government organisations.

Research areas

  • Aerospace applications
  • Computational mechanics
  • Solid, fluid, and component analysis and testing
  • Advance dynamics and vibration


Facilities and Resources

Our materials, mechanics and structures postgraduate division is equipped with all the necessary facilities and resources needed for groundbreaking research in these disciplines. 

The state-of-the-art labs and equipment enable our students and researchers to explore theoretical concepts, conduct simulations and engage in hands-on experimentation. 

Students and researchers will also have access to extensive libraries, journals and collaborative spaces to brainstorm and share knowledge. 

Our postgraduate engineering programme offers in-depth research training in disciplines within material science, mechanics, and structural engineering. We aim to provide students with a comprehensive research experience and specialised training in their chosen field. Join us today to be part of cutting-edge research projects. 


What are the admission requirements to be part of the postgraduate materials, mechanics and structures projects at UNM? 

Admission requirements for UNM’s Engineering MPhil typically included an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline. At the same time, the Engineering PhD requires a master’s or first-class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

What research areas are covered in UNM’s materials, mechanics and structures postgraduate programmes? 

Our Engineering postgraduate programmes cover a broad spectrum of research areas, including advanced materials, bioengineering, geomechanics, polymer composites, and structural integrity and dynamics. Research topics for these areas are broad, and students will have the opportunity to explore their interests. 

Can I pursue a postgraduate degree in the materials, mechanics and structures division if I have a background in a different field? 

Yes, we do accept students from different educational backgrounds. However, foundational knowledge in relevant subjects might be required. Preparatory courses might be needed to bridge the knowledge gap. Prospective students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

What career opportunities are available after completing a postgraduate degree in this field? 

Graduates can pursue careers in research and development, academia, engineering consulting firms, government agencies, aerospace industries, automotive sectors, construction companies, and more. They can work as engineers, consultants, researchers, educators, etc.

What are the benefits of postgraduate research experience in materials, mechanics and structures? 

Advanced studies in this field equip individuals with specialised knowledge and highly sought-after skills in various industries. Students will be able to work on cutting-edge research, tackle real-world engineering challenges, and contribute to technological advancements. 

Is there financial support or scholarships for postgraduate students at UNM’s materials, mechanics and structures division? 

Yes, UNM offers scholarships, assistantships, grants, fellowships and financial support for outstanding postgraduate students. These can cover tuition fees, living expenses, or research funding. 

How long does it take to complete postgraduate studies in materials, mechanics and structures? 

UMN’s Engineering MPhil and PhD programmes are available part-time and full-time. The durations are as follows: 

Engineering MPhil

Full-time: 1 to 2 years

Part-time: 2 to 4 years

Engineering PhD

Full-time: 3 to 4 years

Part-time: 6 to 8 years



Materials, Mechanics and Structures Division
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Jalan Broga, 
43500 Semenyih,
elangor Darul Ehsan,
t:  +6 (03) 8924 8000
f:  +6 (03) 8924 8005 

University of Nottingham Malaysia

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih
Selangor Darul Ehsan

DULN001(B) (473520-K)

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