Doctoral Training Programme

PhD Students Poster Day

The School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science provides a comprehensive training scheme to support all postdoctoral students. Our aim is to train the next generation of engineers and scientists to produce world class research that has strong academic, societal, industrial and economic relevance. The skills you will acquire are designed to not only enhance your current research, but to also aid employability and life skills in your future.


Students are encouraged to attend regular departmental academic seminars in which world leading experts present their research. This not only ensures broad subject knowledge of current cutting‑edge research but also brings together staff and students to network in a professional environment. PhD students also run their own informal seminar series, known as ‘coffee chats’. This brings PhD students in the department together on a weekly basis to present their research and discuss ideas. The Department actively encourages students to get involved in contributing to the strong and vibrant research community.


Many of our students will gain some teaching experience while studying with us. There are opportunities to work as Graduate Teaching Assistants during undergraduate lab classes, providing feedback and marking student assignments.

Research Skills Workshop

Offering students the opportunity to meet and network with researchers from across the University, the first year workshop is designed to encourage interdisciplinary thinking and offer opportunities for developing research skills. During the three day workshop, participants work in teams to devise novel interdisciplinary projects, gaining skills in subjects such as peer review, writing effective abstracts and delivering oral presentations. 

Research Skills for Engineering Students

This workshop specifically focuses on how to effectively use and find relevant journals and conference papers to enrich your research. You will also be introduced to our specialist departmental librarian and the specific postgraduate facilities including the postgraduate reading room.

University Poster Day

Each year the University hosts an annual poster conference day where 2nd year PhD students across the university come together to present their research. The Day provides fantastic opportunity for public communication of research and allows feedback from peers and senior staff from a range of disciplines and departments.

Careers Development

As well as one-to-one help and advice from academic supervisors, students also take part in structured seminars to support all stages of career preparation. Training is focused on topics such as career management, networking, self-employment and Job Applications. Moreover, the University has an award winning careers department who can help you to explore career options and offer practical advice and tips.