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Our academics are well respected, both nationally and internationally, throughout academia and industry where our links are strong. We believe that a university should contribute to the cultural wealth of society by developing the mainstay sciences, while enhancing the technology to improve the overall quality of life.
Through consistent investment stemming from our deep commitment to develop world-class, sustainable research programmes, the Faculty has built up an impressive infrastructure to support all its activities. The interdisciplinary nature of much of our work also encourages us to constantly explore new opportunities to cross boundaries, providing students with the prospect of accessing facilities which are truly world class.
The Faculty offers a stimulating and supportive environment for those who want to experience the cutting edge of science and technology, and develop their careers in line with these aspirations. Our faculty covers the core engineering disciplines of aeronautical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, electronic engineering and mechanical engineering alongside the specific disciplines of chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics.
We believe in the importance of linking fundamental scientific research to engineering applications, so many of these activities are underpinned by strong industrial links, and several successful spin-out companies have resulted.
We are proud of our record in postgraduate training and we offer a rich variety of research topics for PhD study, through the traditional routes and also through our highly successful EngD programmes.
The Faculty consists of approximately 1000 researchers, of whom 170 are academic staff, 200 are postdoctoral research assistants and the remainder are post graduate researchers.
Our annual turnover of research income is about £16M, of which about half comes from Research Councils UK (principally EPSRC), a third from the EU, and the rest mainly from industry (our largest clients being EADS Astrium, Rolls Royce, E.on, Toyota, AWE and QinetiQ).
Centre for Doctoral Training
The core of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT (Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies) lies in solving academically challenging and industrially relevant problems through a profound understanding of processing–microstructure–property relationships.
The Centre has a unique focus on characterisation and provides sponsoring organisations with use of state-of-the-art instrumentation equipment. Engineering Doctorate (EngD) students, or Research Engineers as they are known, are part of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT and will spend four years principally with their industrial sponsor, and return to the University for courses and to use the characterisation facilities.
Our taught Masters programmes are led by our research-active staff who provide a range of learning experiences (lectures, tutorials, directed study, practical laboratories and project work) that prepare graduates for their professional life, be it in the high technology sector, the world of commerce, or elsewhere.
We are particularly keen to develop in all our students a broad range of generic skills to complement the core technical or scientific competencies of their chosen subject area. Our modular programme format, coupled with the increasing use of innovative teaching and learning strategies such as e-learning and industrially focused short courses, provides a flexible study environment whilst maintaining the academic rigour and quality expected of one of the UK’s top rated faculties.
There are about 1000 students from all over the world participating in our Masters programmes. Many programmes can be tailored to suit a student’s own particular needs and interests.
Our record of graduate employment is outstanding, with Surrey graduates consistently being in high demand across all sectors.
Facilities, buildings and equipment
Through consistent investment stemming from our deep commitment to develop world class, sustainable research programmes, the Faculty has built up an impressive infrastructure to support all its activities.
The Faculty can boast state-of-the-art laboratory facilities which provide unique opportunities in many areas. Examples include clean-rooms for the development of nanotechnology, advanced laser facilities, wind tunnels, radiation detection and monitoring laboratories, medical research facilities, a ground-station for monitoring satellites, a centre for ion-implantation and ion beam applications, supercomputers for advanced mathematical modelling, a centre dedicated to materials research, facilities for sound and image recording, multimedia laboratories, RF and wireless test facilities and so on. These are fully supported by dedicated teams of technical and IT support staff.
The interdisciplinary nature of much of our work encourages us to constantly explore new opportunities to cross boundaries, providing students with the prospect of accessing facilities which are truly world class.
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