If your passion lies in research, our degrees provide the opportunity to combine academia with creativity and innovation. Pioneer innovative research in key areas of expertise, from wireless communications to biomedical engineering.
As a postgraduate researcher, the focus of your work will be an independent research project. You will work with leading researchers, while gaining valuable skills through an integrated training programme in research methods.
Your research will culminate in a thesis and oral examination. Formal reviews of progress ensure you are making satisfactory progress with your research project and other elements of your PhD or MPhil programme. Your progress throughout this course will be continually guided by your supervisor and a thesis advisory panel.
You can take advantage of advanced taught courses to help fill any gaps in the background knowledge required for the research project. The choice of courses taken will be made together with your supervisor, at the beginning of the programme.
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.
Training and support
Throughout your course you'll have opportunities to develop your skills as an academic and researcher.
Our PhD students take part in the Engineering PhD conference normally held in the summer. The two-day conference includes a first year presentation session, second year poster competition and third year seminars. These sessions are designed to give you experience in presenting your research: you'll have the opportunity to prepare a talk, face an audience and answer questions. The intention is to help you develop oral and written communication skills which are essential in a modern engineering environment.
You may also have the opportunity to present your work at UK and overseas conferences and publish in international journals.
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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