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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JUL-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Research overview

Human factors research focuses on the multidisciplinary research spanning studies of the interaction between humans, machines and technology to develop the products and systems that we use every day.

PhD topics can cover many different fields within this discipline, for example design, manufacturing, assembly, measurement, testing and modelling.

As well as the PhD, there is also a two- year MPhil (Master of Philosophy) Human Factors option available.

Careers

The Faculty of Engineering has excellent links with industry. You will receive support from supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, as well as dedicated advice from the Graduate School and our Careers and Employability Service.

Completing a research degree with us will ensure that you develop transferable skills that will be beneficial in a number of different careers. Graduates within the faculty have gone on to have successful careers as:

  • researchers
  • production managers and directors
  • IT and telecommunication professionals
  • business, research and administrative professionals
  • science, engineering and production technicians
  • natural and social science professionals
  • teachers, lecturers and educators
  • various other roles in engineering and architecture

Our graduates have gone on to work for:

  • BAE Systems
  • Bentley
  • GE Aviation
  • Goldmann Sachs
  • E.ON
  • Malvern Instruments
  • Shell Nigeria Exploration Company
  • Unilever Ghana
  • ARC Energy
  • Escola Superior Gallaecia
  • Sokoto Energy Research Centre
  • Thermacore Europ
  • URS
  • Many other employers

Average starting salary and employment rate

In 2017, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,000 with the highest being £100,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Average starting salary and career progression

96.8% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Engineering who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £29,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £100,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.

Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 19,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Nottingham

  • University League Table

    20th

  • Campus address

    University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, England

The university offers a range of scholarships specifically for international applicants studying at any level.
A large number of courses at the university include a placement or work experience element, ensuring that students receive first-hand professional experience.
In September every year, the university runs a free welcome programme for new international students from outside the EU joining the University of Nottingham.

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