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Year of Entry 2019/20
PHD

Ceramics, Glasses and Polymers

Full-time Engineering

Conduct an extensive doctoral study into ceramics, glasses and polymers within the internationally-recognised Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI).


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £4,327 per year
International: £17,150 per year
How long will I study? 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019
January 2020
April 2020

Course summary

  • 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

Lyuba Alboul
Lyuba Alboul
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Lyuba Alboul joined Sheffield Hallam in 2002. She has an MSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and PhD in Geometry and Topology (both from Moscow University 'RUDN' … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

A number of the PhD projects involve close cooperation with industrial partners, which may require periods of activity at the industrialist's premises.

Live projects

When required application may be made to national facilities for large-scale, sophisticated experiments.

Networking opportunities

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.


Future careers

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Unilever
  • Diamond Light Source
  • Schlumberger
  • Akzo Nobel
  • GSK
  • Pfizer
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Agilent
  • Sheffield Hallam University

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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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

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 faculty, 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 7.0 or above, with at least 6.5 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. 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

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £4,327 per year.

† 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 postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £17,150 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.

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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.

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How do I apply?

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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