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What will I learn?

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.

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.

Which department am I in?

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£22,000.00 (US$ 30,441) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 September 2021

Venue

Queen's University Belfast

University Road,

Belfast,

Northern Ireland,

BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry to graduate diploma or taught Masters programmes usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor's degree may also be considered. The comparable US qualifications are as follows: UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1); Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2); Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8. Please note the following key differences between graduate studies in the US and a taught Masters degree at Queen's: Master's degrees in the UK are normally one-year in duration. There is no GRE or GMAT required for entry to Queen's. A taught Master's refers to a program that combines academic instruction as well as the completion of a written dissertation. PhD degrees are three years in length and typically require you to have a Masters degree prior to applying and to prepare a research proposal. Minimum English Langauge requirements - 6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in all four elements of the test. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

For international students

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. 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. TOEFL iBT: 80 with minimum marks as follows: Listening- 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Queen's University Belfast

One of the oldest universities in the UK, Queen’s University Belfast boasts an impressive track record of continued excellence.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • Ranked in world’s top 180 universities
  • Among UK’s most beautiful universities
  • Top class facilities at vibrant Belfast city centre campus