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Enabling science for engineering. MSc Advanced Tribology

Tribology is the essential underpinning science of lubrication, friction and wear, it is paramount to the efficient operation of all mechanical systems including engines, gearboxes, human orthopaedic joint implants, manufacturing, sustainable energy and ship performance. If friction is not controlled effectively energy is wasted and materials prematurely wear out, with sometimes catastrophic failure.

National Centre for Advanced Tribology The UK’s National Centre for Advanced Tribology (nCATS) is based at the University of Southampton. Researchers at the multidisciplinary centre are solving next generation tribological problems enabling surface interactions to occur with minimal energy loss and impact on the environment. The Centre includes world leading experts in lubrication and wear, coatings and materials science, condition monitoring and sensing, bio-tribology, multi-scale modelling and nanotechnology.

nCATS researchers and students have access to a wide range of multidisciplinary facilities across the University including:

and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) including tribometers and surface analysis and imaging equipment.

– Erosion laboratory at the University Science Park

– A dedicated surface engineering and tribology laboratory Linking world class research from across the University as well as other research institutions, collaborating – Lubrication laboratory Universities and industry worldwide our main areas of –H  ip simulator laboratory focus are: transport, environment, energy, healthcare – Wear analysis laboratory and nano solutions technologies. – Facilities at the National Oceanographic Centre We have full access to state-of-the-art surface – Bioengineering containment level II microbiology and engineering and tribology facilities for measurement tissue culture laboratory and analysis at both the University of Southampton – Polymer tribology laboratory – Electron microscopy imaging suite –  -VIS centre for computed tomography –N  anometrology laboratory –T  ransport systems research laboratory – S outhampton wind tunnels –M  icrosoft Institute for High Performance Computing Our 28 industry and institutional partners include:

“nCATS has access to a wide range of facilities from the metallography suite to FIB/SIMs and computer tomography. I think the facilities are of a very high standard.” Derek Egan | nCATS PhD student

Airbus UK Ltd, BP Castrol, Chevron Oronite Company LLC, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, DePuy International Ltd, National Physics Laboratories, FAG Aerospace GmbH & Co KG, Lloyds Register, Rolls Royce, Schlumberger UK and USA, Shell Research Ltd and Vestas Visit the nCATS website for more information:


nCATS researchers are investigating a number of real world phenomenon’s such as rolling contact fatigue in bearings and rail contacts.


MSc Advanced Tribology* Led by world class experts from the National Centre for Advanced Tribology this master’s programme provides a comprehensive and academically challenging exposure to modern issues in Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science enabling engineers and surface scientists to specialise in all aspects of tribology relevant to engineered systems, ranging from the traditional concepts of friction and wear to the cutting edge developments in surface engineering and bioengineering. Careers in tribology stretch across many engineering industries including: automotive, sustainable energy, oil and gas recovery and delivery, marine and medical engineering. Programme structure: The full time MSc programme lasts for 12 months. The first 8 months are spent mainly on the taught component and the remaining 4 months are spent full time on a research project. The programme includes a number of core and optional modules that will provide sound preparation for the research project. The theoretical elements of the programme will be taught through lectures, seminars and group work. You will then put your knowledge to the test getting to grips with our state-of-the-art facilities through practical sessions and your research project.

Modules: In addition to six compulsory tribology modules you will take six optional modules. Compulsory modules: Introduction to AMES with Tribology Lab Surface Engineering Tribological Engineering Lubrication, Lubricants and Engines Tribology* Nano and Biotribology * Testing and Modelling in Tribology * Optional modules Sensors and Signal Processing for Condition Monitoring Bio-materials Micro-structural Characterization Materials Service Performance Automotive Propulsion Failure of Materials Computational Fluid Dynamics Assessment: Research project: nCATS is linked with 28 industry partners. The MSc research projects offered for this programme are industry relevant and connected to the research of nCATS and its industrial partners. *Subject to validation

“Airbus regards the MSc Advanced Tribology as a valuable addition to the educational and training of engineers” David Dixon | Head of Surface Technology, Airbus Operations, Airbus.


nCATS researchers are investigating novel coatings containing natural products to combat marine biofouling and to make ships more fuel efficient.


How to apply Entry requirements: Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in Engineering, Physical Sciences or a related subject. English language requirements: If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our programmes, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent qualification.

Additional supporting documentation can be uploaded with the online application form. Decisions regarding admissions are not made until an application is considered as complete. You will be sent an acknowledgement e-mail as soon as the University has received your application. Full details can be found on our website:

How to apply: Applications should be made via the online application form.

Fees and funding: Please refer to our website for up to date information on fees and funding: engineering/postgraduate/fees_and_funding. page?

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