“New sustainable energy technologies invariably depend on advances in the application of Materials Science. These technologies will play a vital role in reducing green house gas emissions and in conserving vital raw materials.”
Professor Rex Harris FREng, Metallurgy and Materials
The University of Birmingham
has been active in energy research for more than a century, with more than 100 academics currently active in this area. We are a partner in the Midlands Energy Consortium, with the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University.
Metallurgy and Materials is one of the largest centres for materials research in the UK. Our Research School comprises more than 20 full-time academic staff in addition to 30 honorary and visiting staff, 30 research fellows and close to 150 postgraduate students. Our diverse research portfolio ranges from fundamental aspects of materials science to practical high performance engineering applications. The School has particularly active R&D activities in: hydrogen energy materials & systems, hard magnetic materials, and functional materials for energy applications.
This EPSRC-sponsored programme can be taken on a full- or part-time basis. The programme comprises one major research project in Materials for Sustainable Energy Technologies, which can be based in the University or in industry, plus six taught modules, five compulsory and one optional.
We recommend that you start the course at the beginning of the academic year. However, if your background is in Materials Science, then you may start at any time of the year.
The School of Metallurgy and Materials ranked in the top quartile in the UK for world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Overall 86% of the research in the School was recognised as internationally excellent of which 31% was given the higher accolade of being world-leading.
We are considered to be the leading school for many areas of metallurgical research. Our numerous interactions with industry span agreements lasting between three months and twelve years.
We are proud to encompass a wide range of interests in the processing, characterisation, assessment and modelling of materials, including:
- Alloy Processing
- Characterisation and Modelling
- Engineering Properties of Materials
- Functional Materials Processing
Funding and Scholarships
There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham
. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
Virtual Open Days
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk
An upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in Materials Science or Engineering