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The Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC) Cardiff University

Unique PhD and MPhil research opportunities at the Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC), Cardiff University a leader in innovative, intelligent manufacturing and cutting edge research

 Why Cardiff University?

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with its proud heritage of service and achievement.

 The University's breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

 From its outstanding central location amidst the parks, Portland-stone buildings and tree-lined avenues that form the city's elegant civic centre, the University's students and staff are drawn from throughout the world, attracted by its international reputation and commitment to innovation and excellence in all areas of activity. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain's leading research universities.

 Having gained national and international standing, Cardiff University's vision is to be recognised as a world-class university and to achieve the associated benefits for its students, staff and all other stakeholders.

 The student population is drawn from a variety of backgrounds, with students attracted from throughout Wales, the rest of the UK and world-wide. International students comprise some 17 per cent of the total student population.

 For more information on Cardiff University please visit:  Why Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC)?

The award-winning Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC) is a research centre within Cardiff University.

 The MEC is designated a Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing Engineering under the Centre of Excellence for Industrial Collaboration Programme managed by the Welsh Development Agency. The 90-strong ISO 9001:2000 accredited Centre has an international reputation for its leading-edge research in advanced manufacturing and information technology spanning a broad spectrum of subjects. The Centre is one of the largest and most successful operations in any UK university.

The Centre enjoys unrivalled world-class facilities which include the very best in rapid prototyping and tooling hardware, computer-aided design and manufacturing, virtual reality and IT systems, enterprise information management systems, industrial process control equipment, metrological instruments, and robotic and computer-integrated machine tools and manufacturing systems. These facilities are housed in modern laboratories including two that are industrially sponsored, the Mitutoyo Metrology Centre and the Siemens Automation and Drives Centre.

The MEC's research work has received the overwhelming endorsement of sponsors and supporters in the private and public sectors. Over 100 industrial partners including multinationals like Hewlett-Packard, IBS, Mitutoyo, Parametric Technology, SAP, Silicon Graphics, Siemens and Tecnomatix support research projects at the Centre. The MEC also has collaborative projects with more than 22 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. 

 Within the past ten years, the Centre has secured over 50M in grants and contracts and has attracted hundreds of industrial partners/clients. Contracts won recently by the MEC include a 3.80M award by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Welsh Assembly Government in the field of micromachining and manufacturing, a 3.25M grant by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) on Sustainable Manufacturing research (in collaboration with the Cardiff Business School) and two EC 6th Framework Networks of Excellence contracts totalling 15M Euros in value. The two Networks of Excellence led by the MEC involve some 50 centres of excellence in advanced manufacturing across the EU.

The MEC has a highly respected tradition of research and the excellent resources we provide for our research students. These include high quality research facilities and an extensive in-house training programme of supporting studies. In addition, the Centre's research community is cosmopolitan yet close-knit, an atmosphere fostered by both staff and student efforts, providing a supportive research environment. As a research student, you will find a friendly and committed body of staff who have extensive experience in supervising people from many different academic and ethnic backgrounds. We hope, therefore, that you have both a productive and enjoyable time whilst pursuing your research studies.

For more information on MEC please visit: Staff and Students

The MEC has 60 staff and more than 30 PhD students.

Director of Centre

Professor Duc-Truong Pham, OBE, FREng, FSME, BE, PhD, DEng, CEng, FIEE.

 MEC Research Areas

Research students are supervised by one or two members of academic staff, who work in one or more of the Centre's three Research Programmes. These are:

Manufacturing Engineering

    Rapid manufacturing

    Rapid prototyping

    Rapid tooling

    Reverse engineering

    Micro manufacturing (Process characterisation, Modelling and simulation, Hybrid micro/nano manufacturing methods, Manufacture of multi-material hybrid micro systems, Interfacing/packaging solutions, Design for manufacture and assembly, etc.)


Industrial Engineering

    Concurrent engineering

    Workflow management

    Innovative design

    Data mining and machine learning

    Fit manufacturing

    Sustainable manufacturing

Systems Engineering

    Intelligent process modelling and control systems

    Intelligent information systems

    Mobile robots and mechatronics

    Data mining and machine learning

    Intelligent manufacturing

    Intelligent systems techniques

    Fuzzy logic

    Neural computing

    Genetic algorithms, Ant algorithm, and bees algorithm

MEC Location

The Centre is housed in the Queen's Buildings, along with the Schools of Engineering, Computer Science and Physics and Astronomy. The complex houses outstanding self-contained facilities including our research and teaching laboratories, administrative offices, library and cafe

The MEC is located close to the centre of Cardiff, convenient for road and rail links. The main line railway station is a few minutes by bus or taxi. The M4 motorway is some 5 miles away. Cardiff Wales Airport lies some 12 miles to the West.

To view a printable map and key (280Kb) click

.The Manufacturing Engineering Centre is circled in red. The blue line shows the turning into The Parade for the Trevithick Porters' Lodge, where visitors should report on arrival.

 Programmes of Study

The MEC offers PhD and MPhil degrees at postgraduate level.


We have a number of scholarships for researchers of exceptional promise.

 Application Forms

Application forms can be downloaded from:

    Please specify Manufacturing Engineering Centre (MEC) as the 'school' in part 1.1 of the application form.

    Please submit the completed application form online or alternatively send it with other supporting documents to:

Postgraduate Admissions,

The Registry,

30-36 Newport Road,

PO Box 927,


Wales, UK

    Please note that applicants who choose to submit a paper-based application cannot currently benefit from the features provided by the Online Application Service.

Entry Requirements

Normally an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) from a British or recognised overseas university. Minimum requirements for English language are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 600 (250 Computer-Based Test).


PhD full-time three years;

MPhil full-time two years.

Part-time opportunities are available.

Start Date

Entry for PhD/MPhil students is fixed at four points: 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October each year.

Applications will be accepted all year round.

Further Information:

For further information, please contact: Dr Michael S Packianather, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies.

+44 (0)29 20875911

+44 (0)29 20874695


Postal address:

Manufacturing Engineering Centre

Cardiff University

Queen's Buildings

The Parade

Newport Road


Wales, UK


Manufacturing Engineering Centre

Cardiff University

Queen's Buildings

The Parade

Newport Road


Wales, United Kingdom

Dr Michael S Packianather, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies.

Phone: +44 (0)29 20875911

Fax: +44 (0)29 20874695