Engineering Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

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

Engineering is part of the School of Mathematics. Current research in Engineering falls into two areas: Energy Engineering and Advanced Materials Engineering. We are working on cutting-edge technologies that have wide and important applications, from the role of graphene in energy storage and water purification membranes to next generation of printing techniques and reliability of renewables as well as optical fibre sensors, self-cleaning surfaces and efficient energy transport technologies. As we continue to grow, we anticipate broadening this research portfolio to include other disciplines within Engineering. 


Our primary research themes are: 


Functional Materials 

1. Graphene and nanostructured materials 

2. High-resolution drop-on-demand printing technology 

3. Electrospray deposition of functional materials 

4. Nanotechnology in photovoltaics and energy buildings 

5. Self-cleaning surfaces 

6. Phase-change on functional surfaces 

7. Efficient energy transport  

8. Thin film deposition

9. Optical fibre sensors and biosensors based on nanostructured coatings 


Modelling and Simulation in Engineering Systems  

1. Optimisation-driven design 

2. Energy-efficient structures 

3. Low-speed impact analysis

4. Solar radiation and PV performance prediction

5. Modelling of light propagation across optical waveguides and optical fibre sensors behaviour 


Low Carbon & Renewable Energy Systems 

1. Energy and fuels from biomass and waste 

2. Intelligent energy buildings 

3. Carbon recycling and carbon capture 

4. PV characterization, degradation and diagnostics 


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Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2019/0

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.

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