Mechanical Engineering MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017, June 2017, April 2017, September 2017

MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.

PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.


Our PhD Mechanical Engineering course is supervised by our Engineering Analysis, Simulation and Tribology (EAST) research group. EAST embraces the core disciplines of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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You’ll be supervised by experts who’ve been working in this area of research for the past 12 years with an extensive publication track record. There is a wealth of knowledge and archive data within the group and our members also have direct access to industrial collaborators in the field. Current collaborators include The Ford Motor Company, Cellbond Composites, Anotronic Ltd and Rolls Royce. We also  collaborate with a number of overseas universities.

Prof Hassan Shirvani - engineering design and simulation, structural and conjugate flow studies

Dr Mehrdad Asadi - Applied dynamics and finite element implementation in crash analysis, high performance energy absorbers, metal composites failure mechanisms, connection failure models in carbon fibres under high-frequency loading, fatigue analysis in carbon fibre skins, formula 1 applications

Dr Rajshree Mootanah - Application of engineering solutions to medical problems

Dr Ahad Ramezanpour - Applied fluid mechanics and thermal engineering, Applied computational fluid dynamics, Analytical thermodynamics, Heat exchangers and Heat recovery systems, Energy efficiency and performance of buildings, Water saving products, Design Optimisation

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)


International students, 2016/17 (MPhil/Phd/MD (Res) per year, full time)


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)


Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)


Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)


UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000


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For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.


We are in close collaboration with industrial partners and some of our members have been recruited by sponsoring companies.

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email

Entry requirements

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If you’re hoping to join the MPhil, or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD, you’ll need to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

International students

To apply for our postgraduate research degrees, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our international student webpages.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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