Sheffield Hallam University
Ceramics, Glasses and Polymers PhD
Sheffield Hallam University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.

Course summary

  • Undertake a period of intensive, supervised study as part of Sheffield Hallam's research community

  • Closely analyse ceramics, glasses and polymers, and their applications

  • Conduct your experiments in cutting-edge facilities

  • Study at the internationally-recognised Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)

On this course, you'll undertake a supervised, extensive study on a relevant subject within glasses, materials and polymers. In the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), you'll benefit from expert tutelage, cutting-edge facilities and a supportive environment. Your finished work will stand alongside widely acclaimed MERI publications - a large proportion of which have been considered 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

How you learn As this is a research course, most of your work will be carried out independently. You will benefit from the support and expertise of your supervisory team; including a Director of Studies and a second supervisor who have specific interest in your chosen subject area. This may include auxetic materials, biomaterials, bullet-proof and abrasion-resistant ceramics, energy reduction in glass manufacture, medical devices, nuclear waste containment and thermoelectric oxides.

You learn through

  • Independent research

  • Mentoring with your supervisory team

  • Laboratory training

  • Research and teacher training

  • Ethical research training

  • Participation in the MERI Research Colloquium

  • presenting posters and oral presentations

Applied learning Work placements

A number of the PhD projects involve close cooperation with industrial partners, which may require periods of activity at the industrialist's premises.

Live projects

When required application may be made to national facilities for large-scale, sophisticated experiments.

Networking opportunities

It is anticipated that all research students will participate in the annual MERI Research Colloquium; presenting a poster in your first year and an oral presentation in your second year. These activities will likely be augmented by similar presentations at research conferences in the UK and abroad.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Sheffield Hallam University

Founded in 1969, Sheffield Hallam University is located in the city of Sheffield, in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. Sheffield is the UK's fifth largest urban centre, 60% of which consists of vibrant green spaces such as city parks, gardens and countryside. SHU prides itself on the important position it occupies in Sheffield as a pillar of the local economy, workforce, and infrastructure. This is reflected in the fact that almost half of this university’s enrolled students are from low-income backgrounds.

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