Dr Robert Cochrane

I have been an academic at the University of Leeds since 1989 during which time I have taught and carried out research in a wide range of areas within the materials field but with a particular focus on physical metallurgy and metallurgical processing. Within that my research is focused on understanding microstructure development during non-equilibrium processing with the aim of being able to produce better conventional, as well as new, materials to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of current engineering challenges.

I have always had a keen interest in student education and in providing a challenging and stimulating curriculum which is research-led but firmly focused towards the needs of the industrial sector. I am very proud of the achievements of the students whom I have taught at Leeds and am committed to ensuring that future students have equally bright prospects.

In the MSc Materials Science and Engineering we aim to provide all students with a secure knowledge and understanding of the processing-microstructure-property relationship which lies at the heart of materials science and engineering or metallurgy. We then offer all students the opportunity to study to an advanced level specialisation in one aspect of the materials sector (functional materials or metallurgy) or to continue to study to this level across a broad range of materials. In this way, students can tailor their programme to meet their own interests or career aspirations or to meet the requirements of a current employer (particularly if they opt to study part-time). The Masters research project is an exciting culmination of the programme wherein students have the opportunity to explore a particular problem in-depth and develop and demonstrate a broad range of academic and transferable skills. Topics usually take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities available at Leeds and are supervised by academics who are at the leading edge of their field. We are very keen to consider projects suggested by students themselves, or carried out in association with industrial partners, and those taking the part-time route may be able to carry out their project work with their employer but under the supervision of a member of University staff.

Find out more
To find out more about my research activities, the students I am supervising and some of my recent publications, please visit my staff page.

If you have any specific questions about the content of the programme, please contact me via e-mail: r.f.cochrane@leeds.ac.uk

For any questions relating to the admissions process and/or your current application please contact our admissions team: pgchemical@leeds.ac.uk.