Engineering MPhil/PhD

Major code: EGPR/EGMR


Our staff are world-renowned for their creativity and results across a broad spectrum of single-discipline and multidisciplinary research.

Subject Overview

We consistently achieve high research grades including top ratings for most of our research areas in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

Below you can find out about our research interests in-depth and about the wide-ranging PhD and  other research opportunities available.

The School of Engineering has academic staff drawn from the disciplines of Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and offers MSc and MRes programmes in areas such as Manufacturing, Lasers, Product Design, Materials, Aerospace Simulation, Sustainable Civil Engineering (Maritime and Structural), and Mechanical Systems Engineering. The research of the school is organised into three Centres, and the MSc programmes are each associated with one Centre to ensure that the teaching is supported and developed within the context of leading edge research.

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise 2008
Research activity deemed world-leading or internationally excellent = 70% (Metallurgy and Materials), 60% (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering), 50% (Civil Engineering).

In addition, Research activity classified as internationally recognised = 30% (Metallurgy and Materials), 35% (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering), 25% (Civil Engineering).

Metallurgy and Materials has the 2nd highest proportion of research in the UK classified as world-leading.

Why School of Engineering?


The facilities and environment in the School has recently undergone a £36 million refurbishment. This has created state of the art research laboratories, equipped with equipment which includes rapid prototyping machines, a range of Lasers, two research quality flight simulators and a civil structures laboratory, amongst others. The renovation also created a unique active learning laboratory which provides open plan space for student team projects, alongside a workshop equipped with rapid prototyping machines for student use. Research students are based in open plan accommodation close to the academic staff offices so that they benefit from regular interaction with each other and with staff.

Breadth of Study

The approach to postgraduate teaching at Liverpool emphasises two things. First, the needs of future professional engineers areis reflected in a number of elements designed to develop professional skills, such as team working and communication. In some cases the connections with collaborator companies provide opportunities for projects, visits and lectures. Secondly, the programmes rest on the research expertise of the academic staff. The School is embedding a strong culture of listening to its students so that we can work together to provide the necessary elements to ensure a first rate student experience.


Degrees from the School of Engineering open the door to many rewarding careers, not just in engineering, with graduates finding employment in a wide range of industries and organisations, both at home and abroad.


The programmes are very flexible, providing opportunities for specialisation in one discipline or a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.

The Liverpool Engineer

Modern engineering is multidisciplinary and Liverpool Engineers will be able to approach design challenges creatively with innovation. We are at the forefront of developing active learning through creative exercises in all years of study, giving our students experience of how it feels to be professional engineers during their time at Liverpool.