Engineering Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MSc (Res), MPhil (Res)

Engineers at UEA work on a wide variety of cutting-edge topics, bringing various disciplines together to tackle important issues across the engineering sciences. We have particular expertise in low-carbon energy, modelling and materials, working collaboratively with the university's exceptional Schools of Computing and Environmental Sciences. Engineering is part of the School of Mathematics, which is ranked 7th in the UK for the quality of its research output (REF 2014) - an enormous accolade for a flourishing School, and testament to the great work we do.


Our primary research themes are: 

Functional Materials 

1. Graphene and Nanostructured Materials 

2. High-Resolution Drop-on-Demand Printing Technology 

3. Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics and Energy Buildings 

4. Electrospray Deposition of Functional Materials 


Modelling and Simulation in Engineering Systems 

1. Optimisation-driven design 

2. Energy-efficient structures 

3. Low-speed Impact Analysis 


Low Carbon & Renewable Energy Systems 

1. Energy from biomass and waste 

2. Intelligent energy buildings 

3. Carbon recyling and carbon capture 

4. PV Degradation and diagnostics 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2017/8

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

    Next Steps

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