October 2022, January, April, July 2023 (term dates)
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.
You are encouraged to take 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.
As a member of one of our research groups you will be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a member of academic staff. Your progress will be continually guided by your supervisor, alongside a thesis advisory panel.
Formal reviews of progress ensure you are making satisfactory progress with your research project and other elements of your PhD or MPhil programme.
Training and support
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 postgraduate researchers are allocated a desk space in the School with a PC for the duration of their full-time 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, the equivalent of a 2:1 honours degree or above 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.