Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD)
Degree of Master of Science (by Research) in Engineering (MScR)
Minimum entry requirements
First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a suitable branch of Engineering, or the equivalent in a suitable Science/Engineering degree.
Overseas applicants should have English language test certificate, we accept IELTS, CAE, CPE and PTE. In addition, language training is available in the University free of charge for the duration of the course.
Important: CV's sent to the department will not be accepted as an application, please see how to apply
MScR (1 year)*
PhD (3-4 years)*
*Part-time registration is also possible, requiring, of course, a longer period of study.
Research degree courses do not contain any interim examinations, but students are expected to attend lecture modules on appropriate topics.
Students are required to submit a project plan, Gantt chart and a literature review early in their registration. Regular meetings with their supervisor/s are recorded by the student on a monthly basis to show the delivery and progression of their project. A progress review panel is established for each student to monitor progress and give advice; the first review is usually within the first two months of registration, a formal review after approx. 9 months and annually thereafter subject to satisfactory progress.
After the thesis submission a research student can expect to attend a viva-voce (oral examination) to defend their thesis.
In the case of a Masters by Research degree, an oral examination shall be held where one or both examiners considers this to be necessary to the examination process, at the discretion of the examiners.
- Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Flow over a Backward Facing Step.
- The Development and Characterisation of SiC Heterojunction Power Devices.
- Spectrum Efficiency Improvement Techniques for Wireless Communication.
- A Study of Surface Tactile Evaluation System: From Physical Level to Psychophysical Level.
- Capacitive Imaging Technique for Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE).
- Coding and Modulation for Spectral Slicing.
Fees & finance
Research Postgraduate students are 'Standard Course Fees' Band 2, click here for fees.
Information regarding scholarships can be found on the link shown below, receiving an offer for a research degree does not automatically mean you have also applied for a scholarship.
PhD students are encouraged to give seminars, publish their findings and to undertake (paid) laboratory demonstrating work.
Research Groups in the School of Engineering
- Our Civil and Environmental Research Group work on a broad range of issues underpinning civil engineering. Combining modelling with practical experimentation, they tackle issues such as: sustainable housing; dynamic loading of structures; earthquake destabilisation of land; and pollution of waterways.
- Power, sustainability and improved communications are at the heart of our Electrical and Electronic Research Group. Key areas of research include: artificial olfaction (or 'electronic nose'); electrical energy conversion; grid-scale energy storage; nanoscale communications; and quantum devices.
- The largest and most diverse stream, Mechanical and Process Engineering Research Group includes: fluid mechanics; fire and explosion hazards; chemical engineering; precision and surfaces; 3D printing; and thermal energy technology.
- Our Systems and Information Research Group brings together expertise in: nonlinear and stochastic systems; modelling of human activity; neural engineering; telemedicine; imaging; and synthetic biology. Much of the research undertaken is around health and security and the nature of the work means that many labs are cross-group.