Skip to main content

Research Degrees - PhD, MSc by Research

Degree title:

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 related subject or Master’s degree at merit level (or equivalent).

Overseas applicants should have English language test certificate, we accept IELTS, CAE, CPE and PTE.

Important: CV's sent to the department will not be accepted as an application, please see how to apply


MScR: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

PhD: 3-4 years full-time or 7 years part-time.


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.

Recent theses

  • 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

Student Experience