Liquid Metal Engineering PhD
About the course
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
The Liquid Metal Engineering theme is led by the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidifi cation (BCAST), a dynamic research centre focused on solidifi cation and casting, which has steadily grown to become one of the largest and best-recognised groups in the field worldwide. Our vision is for ‘full metal circulation’: a world in which the demand for metallic materials is met using recycled and reused secondary metals, with only limited addition of primary metals each year. This vision is deeply rooted in the approach we take to our research, which ranges from atomic level basic research to industrial-scale trials of new technology. At the basic end, we conduct fundamental research into microstructural control through the nucleation stage of solidification, and develop novel metallic materials by crafting new alloys that have significantly improved properties and can be recycled entirely.
Our work in technology development is more practical, and involves the manufacture of highperformance metallic components and feedstock materials by innovative solidifi cation processing. Then there is our work, in close concert with industrial partners throughout the supply chain, to up-scale and transfer new technologies and develop sustainable metallurgy – studies that are wholly focused on application.
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Excellent research support and training
Extensive training and support is offered to all research students by the Graduate School, with regular Masterclasses and individual advice on academic issues as part of the Researcher Development Programme. Read more about the available Research Support and Training.
Brunel's library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 e-books, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject Information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs.
- state-of-the-art research information management tools including a research publication and grant database
- one of the largest UK’s full text repository
- an integrated data management system
- analytical tools such as Altmertic and InCites
- Open Access centrally managed fund
Facts and Figures
Brunel University London REF2014 Submission:
Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The results of the REF2014 have been made public in December 2014, replacing the previous REF conducted in 2008. The next REF will be undertaken in 2020. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 - A Guide for PhD Students
For the past five years our fundamental research has been supported by BCAST’s leadership of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Liquid Metal Engineering (LiME), a national centre of excellence in solidification and casting. Having recently been awarded a further £10 million over seven years by the EPSRC, LiME will continue to provide a platform for our fundamental and long-term user-led research in the form of the Future LiME Hub, one of the first examples of the EPSRC’s new vehicle for centres of excellence in manufacturing.
Using recent major investments in BCAST, the Liquid Metal Engineering theme is also establishing an Advanced Metal Casting Centre and an Advanced Metal Processing Centre as national facilities for scaling up metallurgical research and development on Brunel’s campus. Phase I, funded with £4 million from EPSRC, £6 million from Brunel and £8 million from industry (Jaguar Land Rover, Constellium and a number of other companies in the supply chain), is due for completion in early 2016. It comprises a 1,500m2 building housing pilot or industrial scale equipment for high and low pressure die casting, direct chill casting, twin roll casting and extrusion. Phase II will follow in 2017, and is being funded with £15 million from HEFCE, a further £3 million from Brunel and £62 million from industry for research. It will complete the range of industrial casting equipment and house large‑scale equipment for fabricating and testing assemblies of extruded profiles, all in a second 1,500m2 building. Phase II will also provide a comprehensive range of non-destructive, analytical and mechanical testing facilities, and a simulation and modelling suite.
Teaching and Assessment
Supervisors with insight
Our supervisors create knowledge and advance understanding, and equip research students with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society. Browse all potential supervisor profiles further here: Liquid Metal Engineering Theme Members
Fees for 2016/17 entry
Full time: £4,121
Part time: £2,060
Full time: £17,200
Part time: £8,600
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/17
The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.
IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section)
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.