Entry Requirements

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a 1st class or a good 2.1 degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, applied mathematics or a related discipline (unless specified otherwise on the project description), and should be enthusiastic about research but also have a strong interest in laboratory and hands-on activities.

Please note that projects that are advertised as partially EPSRC funded, are open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course they are applying for.  More specifically the student must:

  • Have settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, AND

  • Been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), AND

  • Have not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).


Candidates must also be able show that their English language proficiency is at a level which allows them to successfully complete the EngD.  All applicants require an English language qualification, typically a GCSE or an IELTS test (a score of 7 or above is required, with a minimum of 6 in each component).

If in doubt about any aspect of Eligibility, please email idc-machining-science@sheffield.ac.uk for clarification.


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