Research degrees in Engineering

PhD / MPhil Research

If you want to pursue a rewarding postgraduate research degree leading to either an MPhil or PhD qualification that matches not only your interests but prepares you with high level knowledge and skills in one of the fields below then Aston is the right choice.

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Current student research 

If you are interested in studying for a research degree either MPhil or PhD at Aston then it might interest you to look at some of the recent research conducted by current research students; this can be found here.

It is important that you fully understand the requirements of a PhD. Information to help you plan your research and choose the right institution and supervisor can be found here.

You will be a member of School Student Research Society, enjoying a range of events (seminars by external distinguish speakers, annual poster competition, inter-school collaboration, social gathering and outing) organised by the Society to enrich your academic and social life experience.

Further information about how to apply for a PhD course at Aston University, and ways of funding your studies can be found in the links below:

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MSc By Research

The MSc by Research is a one year research degree for students looking for a research programme, but who may not be ready or able to commit three years of study as with a traditional PhD programme, e.g:
• people with work experience who only want to take one year out of industry (or two years part time) to complete a research degree;
• exceptional BSc students who want to take their final year project work further.

Students may transfer to a PhD if the first few months go very well and necessary funding is in place.
The MSc by Research can be studied with a supervisor from one of the school’s cutting-edge research groups listed above.

Training Programme
As part of the MSc by Research, every student agrees a bespoke training programme with their Supervisor, which comprises:

• Research Skills and Professional Development: a generic research skills module, delivered by the Centre for Staff and Graduate Development
• Specialist Research Skills and Techniques: this module is individually tailored to to help students develop the specialist (i.e. subject and discipline specific) research knowledge and skills necessary for their project..
• Individual Training Plan: to be agreed with your supervisor at the outset and updated at the three monthly reviews.

Approved training programme: MSc by Research (Computational Mathematics and Systems Analytics)

All students must complete and pass the two research skills training modules; assessment is based on coursework.
MSc by Research students must also submit a thesis for examination; the thesis is the primary focus of this degree.

Key information

E-mail: seasres@aston.ac.uk
Duration of Programme: 1 year full time, or 2 years part time

Start Date: October

Entry QualificationsA first or second class honours degree, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to the proposed programme of study.

Applicants whose first language is not english will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification (IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band, or a TOEFL score of 93 overal with a score of 18 in Reading, 23 in Writing, and 19 in Listening and Speaking)

Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.