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Design for Sustainable Manufacturing PhD

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Subject area: Design
Mode of study

3-year full-time; 6-year part-time

UCAS code

DESSUSMANDFTD

Start date

Location of study

Brunel University London campus

Design for Sustainable Manufacturing PhD

Overview

PhD student loans

The UK Government has introduced PhD loans of up to £25000 to UK and EU nationals, residing in England, for postgraduate research programmes starting in the academic year 2018-19. Read more here

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 

Research profile

Design for Sustainable Manufacturing research at Brunel is a multidisciplinary activity driven by human needs. The team has a well-established record of research excellence and a broad spectrum of expertise that spans human-centred, inclusive and sustainable design; design management and CAD; design-led electronic, mechanical, manufacturing and materials engineering; and social sciences.

We are particularly interested in supervising students' research in the following areas:

  • Product service systems, sustainable service design, and social dimensions of sustainable design
  • Engineering Design
  • Design and manufacture of smart textiles and smart materials
  • Sustainable design and manufacture
  • Biomimmetics
  • 3D printing / additive manufacturing / multi material printing / 4D printing
  • Design for 3D printing
  • Design and manufacture of energy harvesting and energy storage devices

Research in Design is organised according to following three thematic priorities:

  • Human Centred Research (through Inclusive Design, Design for Aging Demographics, Perception Enhancement and (HCDI), the Human Centred Design Institute) 
  • Design for Sustainability (through Sustainability and Social Responsibility,  Cleaner Electronics,  and Advanced Materials and Manufacture)
  • Design for Innovation and the Creative Industries’ (including Design Innovation Management, Open Design, Design Entrepreneurship, Creativity and the Digital Economy, Digital design - digital production,  and Information Architecture)

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Enquiries

Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)


Course content

Research degrees evolve in different ways according to discipline. Find out about what progress might look like at each stage of study here: Research degree progress structure

Employability

PhD+ Award – An internship to work in the industry or perform a research outreach or enterprise activity.

PhD Plus is a career development scheme designed to provide an opportunity for excellent PhD students to undertake work experience and mentoring, and to facilitate their transfer into a career area of their choice. The awards are targeted at exceptional PhD students who have submitted their thesis within the expected submission date and will provide up to three months’ funded support for the period after submissions of their thesis and before the confirmation of the award. The precise number awards each year will depend on the quality of the applicants, up to a maximum 8 awards. The maximum amount to be awarded will be in line with RCUK rates for research training support grants: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/training/

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Entry criteria 2019/20

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.

Research statement

As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. Learn how to prepare a research statement here.  

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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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

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: Design for Sustainable Manufacturing Theme Members Profiles.

Find out more about working with the Supervisory Team here.

Special features

Research successes
There are many research highlights that showcase our theme’s excellent track record in meeting and exceeding research expectations. Light.Touch.Matters is an EU-funded research project where designers and material researchers join forces to develop a completely new generation of smart materials that can sense touch and respond with luminescence. The base technologies are novel piezo-plastics and flexible organic light-emitting diodes. Being thin, flexible and formable, these ‘light touch materials’ promise to revolutionise product design by integrating luminescence and touch in such a way that eventually the product becomes the interface. During the project, various technology demonstrators have been developed to show the potential of these novel interface technologies, principally within the domain of care and wellbeing. Light.Touch.Matters is a unique cooperation between product designers and material scientists, with 17 partners from nine EU countries. It is funded through an EU FP7 grant.

Study environment for research students
Find out more: Study environment for research students

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.

Library services
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

In the recent REF 2014 Assessment Engineering and Design ranked amongst London's biggest and best.

Brunel University London REF2014 Submission
Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering
General 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

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

2019/20 Fees:

Home/EU students

Full time: TBC / Part time: TBC

International students                     

Full time: £18,720 Part time: £9,360

 

2018/19 Fees:

Home/EU students

Full time: £4,260 / Part time: £2,130

International students                     

Full time: £18,000 Part time: £9,000

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.