Our research extends from theoretical mechanics through computational modelling to advanced engineering and incorporates subject-focused Research Groups; and problem-focused Research Programmes.

The School of Engineering is a modern School which offers Honours Degrees of MEng and BEng, and postgraduate opportunities in a wide range of topics across the spectrum of engineering activity.

The School has a strong tradition of success in research with an international reputation in a number of areas including applied dynamics; solid mechanics; engineering materials; mechanics of fluids, soils, and structures; Internet engineering; HVDC power transmission; and transport studies.

All areas of research in the School are supported by modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and fully networked computing facilities including major engineering commercial software. There is excellent technical support provided by electronic and mechanical engineering workshops.

The Graduate School offers an induction programme and skills training opportunities for all research students to support their studies and to help with career planning.

MSc by Research

Students undertake a research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and, unlike a postgraduate taught degree by coursework and dissertation, there are no formal lectures or seminars and work is not formally examined until after the final thesis is submitted. The thesis is required to display evidence of originality or present a satisfactory, orderly and critical exposition of existing knowledge within the field concerned.


A PhD is a Doctorate of Philosophy, a prestigious qualification that demonstrates talent, academic excellence and a thirst for knowledge. It usually culminates in a thesis based on research carried out over the course of 3-4 years. The research must “make a distinct contribution to knowledge and afford evidence of originality as shown by the exercise of independent critical powers”. There are no formal lectures or seminars but your work will be periodically qualitatively monitored by the Graduate School.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
EngD, MSc or PhD

Our Research

In the Chemical & Materials Engineering Research Group we work on applications such as carbon capture, energy storage, biofuels, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. We do so with experimental and computational methods that cover a wide spectrum of length and time scales: from the atomistic level in e.g. catalysis research, via transport processes at the meso-scale, and reactor engineering at the scale of process equipment, to (bio) process plant design.

The Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) Research Group enjoys an international reputation and profile. It advances fundamental knowledge and promote applications across a spectrum of topics including, video transmission, applications of microcontrollers, monitoring systems and laser applications. World-leading research in Internet Engineering is developing advanced transport technologies and setting new standards for the modern Internet. The Aberdeen High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) research centre is at the forefront of developing innovative electrical power engineering techniques, essential for enabling new renewable energy sources.

The Mechanics of Fluids, Soils and Structures Research Group studies a range of interconnected areas related to environmental and industrial fluid mechanics, flow-soil-structure interactions, geotechnical engineering, and structural dynamics. The research focus is on both fundamental and applied issues, particularly related to coastal and waterway engineering, environment protection, oil and gas industry, renewable energy, construction industry, and transport.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Research Group focuses on the application of fundamental science and the development of new technologies to ensure a cost effective oil and gas exploration and production. We carry out a wide variation of fundamental and applied cutting-edge research using advanced computational methods and laboratory experiments. Our research areas include: well design and integrity; reservoir performance and production optimisation from conventional and hydraulically fractured shale reservoirs; reservoir characterisation and simulation; modelling of multiphase flow in wellbore and surface facilities; geo-mechanics of reservoir rock formation and rock-fluid interactions; enhanced oil recovery; and pore-scale flow characterisation using advanced nano-CT and micro-CT imaging.

Within the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Research Group we undertake modelling, optimisation and experimental studies on materials and dynamic systems. We have extensive expertise in applied dynamics, solid mechanics and fracture mechanics: in particular, modelling and design of composite materials, the processing of metals, the theoretical and experimental study of nonlinear systems and the development and application of optimisation, reliability and risk based techniques and models for systems and structures. The group has access to extensive laboratory facilities for material testing and characterisation, including a sub-micron CT scanner and state of the art SEM, and has excellent facilities for dynamic testing and measurement.

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Our Engineering postgraduates are sought by a wide range of employers in the UK and worldwide. Many take up positions in the engineering industry, in engineering consultancy companies, and in the computing industry. Others go on to work in research and academic institutions, both government and private.

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Postgraduate Research School
University of Aberdeen
Crombie Hall
AB24 3TS