Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Materials and Engineering

Study for a higher degree by research in our Materials and Engineering Research institute. You train in research methods and complete a high level research project. Key points: study for a higher degree by research in our materials and engineering research institute; build on previous academic or professional experience to develop your expertise; benefit from the input of research-active staff. When you begin your research, we allocate you a director of studies and a supervisor. Regular meetings between you and your supervisors are scheduled, with targets set for written and oral presentation of research progress.

Entry requirements

Typically you need an appropriate Master's degree or an Honours degree 2.1 or above, from a UK higher education institution or a qualification the University considers as being equivalent. Other qualifications and experience are considered on their merits. You must also complete an interview in person or by phone with the prospective director of studies and provide two satisfactory references. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. An offer of a research degree place may be made subject to a completing our pre-sessional English for academic purposes course.

Course modules

Research methods module. This module develops your generic research skills including: critical analysis and evaluation of technical written material; information retrieval and storage; quantitative methods and appropriate information technology (IT) skills; research presentation; report writing and refereeing; project planning and management; research ethics; analysis of research papers: different categories of publications, refereeing process, referencing conventions, effective analysis methodologies; IT based skills; informational retrieval (research databases, journals, libraries) and storage (tools such as RefWorks), data analysis, spreadsheets, proprietary and open platform software; research communication: delivering and interpreting/reviewing seminars, posters, technical reports and proposals; research culture: research ethics, project planning and management.

Assessment methods

Thesis followed by oral examination.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 5 years
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 3 years

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