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?

Read our guide to the application process and then 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.

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.