Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
MSc by Research: Full time 2 years; Part time 3 years
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September, January or April

Research overview

Engineering research is organised into three main areas which brings together the world-leading research activities of our Engineering academics and researchers. View our staff profiles for more info about our academics and their research.

Materials and manufacturing

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Multi-Functional Materials
  • Low-carbon Manufacturing and Sustainable Technologies
  • Bio-medical Engineering
  • Strategies, Operations and Engineering Management
  • Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chains and Logistics

Functional materials

  • Nanomaterials and energy materials
  • Memory materials
  • Biomaterials and instrumentation
  • Atomistic modelling
  • Graphene devices

Water and environment

The internationally-leading Centre for Water Systems provides vital research into water systems planning, design and operation.

Further information



Engineering is housed in a purpose-built centre with comprehensive laboratories, workshops and computing facilities. There is an extensive range of equipment and facilities supporting the activities of postgraduates including

  • an advanced manufacturing suite
  • a class 10,000 clean room
  • laser laboratories
  • materials characterisation laboratories
  • scanning electron and scanning probe microscopes
  • DSP and microprocessor laboratories
  • wind tunnels
  • wave tanks
  • geotechnical laboratories
  • 3D visualisation suite
  • 3D printer

Research students at Exeter are allocated a desk and computing facilities in newly refurbished offices and provided with a PC on arrival.


Career opportunities for engineers are almost limitless and engineers can be found working in the public sector, in health, construction, defence, communications, education, finance and manufacturing. Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who claim great job satisfaction, a good salary and a huge range of career possibilities. Salaries are typically significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for all other graduates.

Our students directly benefit from the hundreds of links with industry we have established through collaborative research and consultation. Student projects are usually industrially driven and often directly involve a company. This provides an opportunity for you to undertake commercially important projects at the forefront of technology, gain invaluable experience and enhance your employability.

There is a dedicated Careers Adviser who provides specific services such as careers workshops tailored to careers in Engineering and support in matters such as applications and job interview skills.

Entry requirements 2018

You should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in engineering or science or have an appropriate MSc qualification.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £23,000 full-time


The College offers funding opportunities for postgraduate students throughout the year including studentships funded by the research councils, charities, industry partners and the College. All are offered on a competitive basis to suitably qualified applicants.

Any potential University of Exeter funding for this programme will feature below when available. You may also wish to investigate if any external funding is available. Our postgraduate funding webpage provides links to further information.

Current available funding

Contact us

Postgraduate research admissions

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722730
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