Our research degrees provide the opportunity to combine academia with creativity and innovation. Pioneer innovative research in key areas of expertise, from computational electromagnetics to nanotechnology.
The focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods to support your growing expertise. Your research will culminate in a thesis, which is usually around 15,000 to 20,000 words long.
You can take advantage of advanced taught courses to help fill any gaps in background knowledge required for your research project. The choice of courses taken will be made together with your supervisor at the beginning of the programme. Your progress throughout this course will be continually guided by said supervisor and a thesis advisory panel.
Transfer to PhD
You may be able to transfer to the PhD programme, if your project is of a sufficiently high standard and has the potential to be explored in greater depth.
Top 30 in the UK
Our Engineering research is ranked in the Top 30 in the UK according to the Times Higher Educations's ranking of the latest REF results, with 97% of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021).
Gain access to our state-of-the-art research and laboratory spaces, working with world-renowned researchers to drive progress in science, industry and policy.
Explore Physics, Engineering and Technology funding for postgraduate researchers and wider postgraduate support.
As a member of one of the research groups, you will be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a member of academic staff.
Our academics are working on a wide range of projects suitable for research students to get involved with.
You will be based on Campus West. Most of your training and supervision meetings will take place here, though your research may take you further afield.
All full-time students are allocated a desk space in the School for the duration of their programme.
Dependent on your project, you might also use other facilities, including NAMAS-accredited EMC measurement facilities, clean room, well-equipped music and media technology suites and anechoic chambers.
You should have, or be about to complete, a 2:1 or above honours degree (or equivalent) in:
- Electrical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Music Technology
or a closely related subject.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.
Take a look at the supporting documents you may need for your application.
As part of any application for a research degree you have to name one or more academic staff who could supervise your research.
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