We are at the forefront of research and our postgraduate body is one of the largest in the University, encompassing world-class fundamental and applied research. We offer an exciting, theoretical and practical range of degree programmes which address all of the major subject areas.
Why study with us?
of research activity deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Metallurgy and Materials) REF (2014).
highest proportion of research in the UK classified as 'world-leading'.
research activity deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering).
We are strongly committed to building on our research strengths, pursuing novel interdisciplinary projects and maintaining a good balance between strategic, applied, industrial and fundamental research.
Establishing an international dimension to our research is a further priority, as is creating a “research and teaching continuum”, in part by nurturing postgraduate students to become future researchers.
This development drive has led to a near doubling of the research output within the census period for the last RAE.
We consistently achieve high research grades including top ratings for most of our research areas in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.
Below you can find out about our research interests in-depth and about the wide-ranging PhD and other research opportunities available.
The School has a number a number of different research groups. Specific research interests can be found in our staff profiles. We welcome research proposals and will do our best to identify potential supervisors.
Electrical Engineering and Electronics occupies a purpose-built centre with highly equipped electrical, computing and research laboratories and offices.
The postgraduate laboratories here feature the latest research facilities and instrumentation, including specialist facilities for:
- processing semiconductor devices
- technological plasmas
- equipment for testing switchgear
- underwater and welding robots
- RF engineering.
There is also a bionanoengineering laboratory, along with fully equipped mechanical and electrical workshops.
- BioMEMS, Organic and Silicon Electronics
- Intelligence Engineering and Industrial Automation
- Plasma and Complex Systems
- Signal Processing and Communications.
Study options and fees
|MPhil / PhD||Duration||UK students||International Students|
|Full time||2-4 years||£4,500* (2021)||£24,250* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,450* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)
|Part time||4-6 years||£2,250* (2021)||£12,125* (lab based programmes)
£9,225* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)
* This excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.
^ Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
If an EU student starts their studies in 2020-21, before 1 August 2021, they will have a fee classification of EU and pay UK fee rates for the duration of this registration. The exception being ROI students, who will continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate, post 1 August 2021.
Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.
The indicative entry requirement is an Honours degree in an Engineering, Physical Sciences or Computer Sciences subject at a level of 2:1 or above for research programmes. The above criteria should be used as a guide.
Each application is assessed individually to reflect students’ qualifications with respect to requirements for each individual programme.
Mature students are eligible via standard University requirements which allow appropriate qualifications plus experience as an alternative to an Honours degree.
We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.
You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.
How to apply
Research degree applications can be made online. You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.
Applications are open all year round.
Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal
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- School Postgraduate Office
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: +44 (0)151 795 8492
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