Research projects

We are seeking applications for studentships in all areas of the department's research interests available to home, EU and international applicants.


We offer both full-time PhDs and EngDs, as well as part-time study options within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and via associated Centres for Doctoral Training. Full information on the timing of research degrees is available in the Code of Practice at

If you're keen to tackle the challenges surrounding materials science as well as discover new materials, take a look at the current research projects we have available.

Current projects

Please note the current projects shown are not a complete list, with supervisors more than happy to consider candidates for topics of their own choosing. If this is of interest, prior to applying, contact the appropriate supervisor on the list of research expertise to discuss your research topic.

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