Department of Mechanical Engineering


Funded PhD opportunities

Fully-funded studentships on offer.

Lisa Fitzgerald in Orthopaedics lab

I have always felt that the Department has an exceptionally high academic standard and it also provides a really supportive atmosphere for its researchers.

— Lisa Fitzgerald, PhD student

Female student in a lab

How do I apply?

Contact the head of the research centre that deals with your area of study. For information about applying for funding visit our scholarships and studentships page.

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386330

Research programmes

We carry out advanced and innovative research in a wide range of research areas such as:

  • Sustainable energy and the environment
  • Aerodynamics and aerospace systems
  • Composite and smart materials
  • Advanced manufacturing and metrology
  • Biomechanics of artificial joints
  • Robotics and system dynamics
  • Advanced vehicle powertrains.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated the majority of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent. We work closely with industry and most of our research is industrially linked.

Types of research programmes

We offer three types of research programmes:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - typically takes three years full-time or five years part-time
  • Engineering Doctorate (EngD) – typically takes four years full-time and based mainly in industry
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - typically takes two years full-time or four years part-time.

Why choose us?

We provide a high-quality, stimulating and supportive environment for researchers based in a World Heritage city.

Our international reputation for research makes Bath an ideal place to pursue a research degree, whether you want an academic career or to work in industry. We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries.


All research students attend skills training courses on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Research in a commercial environment
  • Project management
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Speed reading
  • Making presentations
  • Communications skills

You will also have the chance to earn money by undertaking part-time teaching in the Department.

View our research graduates career destinations.