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Plasma Surface Engineering

Full-time Engineering

Embark upon 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/EU: £4,407 per year
International: £17,665 per year
How long will I study? 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020
February 2021
May 2021

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We are planning a mixture of face-to-face teaching and online learning for the 2020/21 academic year to ensure a safe learning environment for all our students. Read more about studying at Hallam this September.

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Course summary

  • Undertake a period of intensive, supervised study as part of Sheffield Hallam's research community
  • Study at the internationally-recognised Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)
  • Attain fundamental knowledge of important engineering technologies, processes and techniques
  • Gain hands-on experience of various advanced surface analyses
  • Graduate as an employable specialist engineer

On this course, you'll undertake intensive study into a specific, chosen 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'.

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 and expertise in your chosen subject area. These may include HIPIMS plasma chemistry, study of thin film 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 in Electronic Engineering

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

You will be part of the University's community of researchers, with the opportunity to attend and/or contribute to a range of discipline, 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
  • work for surface engineering companies

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

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

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with/in

  • 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 TFRC operates a range of electrochemical and chemical deposition systems as well as specialised coating characterisation analytical equipment

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. 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 2020/21 is £4,407per 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 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.

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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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Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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