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MPhil Plasma Surface Engineering

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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2024/25

Plasma Surface Engineering

Part-time Engineering

Embark on a detailed study of plasma surface engineering, in the cutting-edge facilities of the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI).

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £17,205 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? October 2024
February 2025
May 2025

Course summary

  • Undertake a period of supervised study as part of the University’s research community.
  • Learn important engineering technologies, processes and techniques.
  • Gain hands-on experience of various advanced surface analyses.
  • Graduate as an employable specialist engineer.
  • Contribute to the acclaimed work of MERI researchers.

On this course, you'll undertake intensive study into a specific area of plasma surface engineering. You'll benefit from expert tutelage, cutting-edge facilities and a supportive research community. Your finished work will stand alongside widely acclaimed MERI publications – a high proportion of which have been considered 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

As this is a research course, most of your work will be carried out independently. You’ll benefit from the support and expertise of your supervisory team – including a Director of Studies and a second supervisor who have specific interest and expertise in your chosen subject area. These may include high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) plasma chemistry, study of thin growth mechanisms and the development of specific coatings to serve applications.


You learn through

  • independent research
  • mentoring with your supervisory team
  • laboratory training, including in advanced processes and machinery
  • research training, including mandatory ethics and integrity sessions
  • teacher training
  • close tutelage in academic writing

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Leon Shpanin
Dr Leon Shpanin
Senior Lecturer, Electronic and Electrical engineering.

Dr Huilian Liao
Dr Huilian Liao
Senior Lecturer

Dr Huilian Liao received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from the University of Liverpool. She joined Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer in … Read more

Applied learning

Networking opportunities
You’ll be part of the university's community of researchers, with the opportunity to attend and/or contribute to a range of disciplines, college and university-wide presentations, training and conferences.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • research
  • coating technology development engineering
  • sales
  • management of coating centres
  • surface engineering

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • the University of Sheffield
  • the University of Manchester
  • the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • DIAMOND Source Centre
  • Advanced Forming Research Centre
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Richter Precision
  • Trumpf Huetting Elektronik

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • an industrial-size HAUZER 1000-4
  • K.J. Lesker UHV, Von Ardenne Anlagen Technik Cluster coating deposition systems
  • energy-resolved mass spectroscopy
  • atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • plasma probe analysers
  • a full range of analytical equipment for characterisation of the mechanical, tribological, high temperature, corrosion and corrosion-erosion properties of thin films
  • the microelectronic materials and sensors group at the Thin Films Research Centre (TFRC), operating a range of electrochemical and chemical deposition systems, as well as specialised coating characterisation analytical equipment

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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Entry requirements

All students

All applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (or expectation of the same). 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. Before submitting your proposal, please contact the member(s) of staff listed against the relevant research theme.

Applicants are required to give a short 10–15 minute presentation followed by an interview. Interview panel members will include the head of research degrees for the relevant research area or centre, a local postgraduate research tutor and a prospective director of studies.

Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with at least 6.0 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.

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.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students will be aligned to the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) fees which have not yet been confirmed for 2024/25. For an indication of the tuition fees, please view the 2023/24 course page. An additional bench fee may also be charged for this course, depending on the nature of your project and requirements for specialist facilities. Information on whether a bench fee is chargeable can be provided by the relevant Research Institute, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.

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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU postgraduate research students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £17,205 for the course. (Note that this course is not suitable for students requiring a Tier 4 visa). An additional bench fee may also be charged for this course, depending on the nature of your project and requirements for specialist facilities. Information on whether a bench fee is chargeable can be provided by the relevant Research Institute, and will be confirmed in your offer letter.

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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, 312KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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