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International: £17,665 per year
- Undertake a period of intensive, supervised study as part of Sheffield Hallam's research community
- Closely analyse ceramics, glasses and polymers, and their applications
- Conduct your experiments in cutting-edge facilities
- Study at the internationally-recognised Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)
On this course, you'll undertake a supervised, extensive study on a relevant subject within glasses, materials and polymers. In the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), you'll benefit from expert tutelage, cutting-edge facilities and a supportive environment. Your finished work will stand alongside widely acclaimed MERI publications - a large proportion of which have been considered 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
How you learn
As this is a research course, most of your work will be carried out independently. You will benefit from the support and expertise of your supervisory team; including a Director of Studies and a second supervisor who have specific interest in your chosen subject area. This may include auxetic materials, biomaterials, bullet-proof and abrasion-resistant ceramics, energy reduction in glass manufacture, medical devices, nuclear waste containment and thermoelectric oxides.
You learn through
- Independent research
- Mentoring with your supervisory team
- Laboratory training
- Research and teacher training
- Ethical research training
- Participation in the MERI Research Colloquium - presenting posters and oral presentations
Course leaders and tutors
I am a chemist with an interest in the design, characterisation and manufacture of polymer systems for a range of applications mainly at the interface with biology.
A number of the PhD projects involve close cooperation with industrial partners, which may require periods of activity at the industrialist's premises.
When required application may be made to national facilities for large-scale, sophisticated experiments.
It is anticipated that all research students will participate in the annual MERI Research Colloquium; presenting a poster in your first year and an oral presentation in your second year. These activities will likely be augmented by similar presentations at research conferences in the UK and abroad.
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- Diamond Light Source
- Akzo Nobel
- Fisher Scientific
- Sheffield Hallam University
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
MERI has an extensive portfolio of equipment available for students, including
- Scanning and transmission electron microscopy
- X-ray diffraction
- Infared and Raman spectroscopy
- Thermal methods of analysis
- Mechanical testing
- Tribological testing
- Infinite focus microscopes
Please contact the relevant faculty to enquire about the entry requirements for this MPhil. Where English is not your first language, you must also show evidence of English language ability.
All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal.
You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes. Find out more about the University’s research areas and staff or search for members of staff by keyword.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU postgraduate research students will be aligned to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) fees which have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. For an indication of the tuition fees, please view the 2019/20 course page.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international postgraduate research students starting part-time study in 2020/21 is £17,665 per year. Any bench fees will depend on the type of study/equipment/chemicals you will be required to use. This will be discussed and agreed as the research project is developed, but can range between £0 and £5,000. There will be a final writing up fee of £500.
Doctoral student loans
Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Engineering courses (PDF)
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