By undertaking postgraduate level study, you will work towards the enhancement of a variety of skill sets including:
- awareness in specialised areas
- design and development of experimental techniques
- development of communication and presentation skills
- development of methodological skills
- the ability to work independently and solve problems creatively
An MPhil is also a research degree which requires the submission of a dissertation. An MPhil thesis is expected to display a good general knowledge of the field of study, a comprehensive knowledge of some part or aspect of the field of study and a recognisable original contribution to knowledge or understanding. An MPhil degree does not usually involve an oral examination. A full-time MPhil degree is normally completed in two years.
The essence of a PhD is research, in which knowledge is extended by exploration, investigation, and contemplation. In scientific and engineering disciplines, research often implies experimentation, but research is more than mere experiments: it means interpretation and deep understanding. To be awarded a PhD, you must find new abstractions, approaches, algorithms, principles, or mechanisms. Your work must also be of a high quality equivalent to peers in your field.
To complete a PhD, you will present the results of your research in a formal document called a thesis or dissertation which should contain a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding. You will have to defend your work in an oral examination, known as a viva voce. A full-time PhD is typically completed in three years.
Why choose this programme?
As well as being taught by researchers at the leading edge of their field, you will also develop the essential skills necessary to embark on a fulfilling career as an engineer.
We continually expand our programmes both in response to changes in society and to integrate the very latest research findings.
Engineering is one of the strongest faculties at the University of Nottingham, with all engineering departments recognised as being among the best in higher education.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying to do an MPhil or PhD in the Faculty of Engineering we would recommend that you contact us and discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. You can then visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.