Electrical Engineering and Electronics

MPhil / PhD

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.

  • 70%

    of research activity deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Metallurgy and Materials) REF (2014).

  • 2nd

    highest proportion of research in the UK classified as 'world-leading'.

  • 60%

    research activity deemed 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering).

Research at Liverpool

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.

Research themes

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.   

Facilities

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
  • e-Automation
  • RF engineering.

There is also a bionanoengineering laboratory, along with fully equipped mechanical and electrical workshops.

 

Research groups

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

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.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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Find a supervisor

Your supervisor is your main source of academic support and mentoring. You'll need to find a supervisor before you start your research degree. It's helpful to identify a supervisor and discuss your research proposal before you apply.

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