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PhDs in Science and Engineering

Types of degree

Before you decide on a project, you’ll want to make sure you’ve chosen the science and engineering postgraduate research path that works best for you.

We offer several different types of research degree here at Manchester, all of which provide an opportunity to build skills and experiences that will help you to achieve your personal and career development goals.

In the Faculty of Science and Engineering these options are;

  • Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT PhD): four-year research degrees which combine research with training
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): three to four-year programmes of supervised research, with a wide range of science PhDs and engineering PhDs available.
  • Engineering Doctorate: specialised engineering programmes which incorporate a taught component and industry collaboration.
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil): typically a 12-month programme assessed by the submission and examination of a shorter thesis than that required for a PhD.
  • MSc by Research: a 12-month programme including subject-specific taught course units, research skills training and research project(s).

Look through a full list of our postgraduate research options across The University of Manchester >>

A focus on... Dual Awards

Want to carry out some of your research in a different country? We partner with a range of international universities, including many which host joint scholarships with us.

Our research projects offer places at such prestigious institutions as China’s Tsinghua University, the University of Melbourne, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.

Here's our full list of currently available dual awards >>