The School of Engineering is proud of its reputation for conducting world-class research and advancing knowledge across a wide range of disciplines.
We offer a wide range of postgraduate research opportunities across the core disciplines of civil, electrical and electronic, and mechanical engineering. Within these disciplines there are many specialist areas such as communications, energy and the environment, medical engineering, materials and nanotechnology.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we were ranked 1st in Civil Engineering and 7th in General Engineering. We were also ranked top in the UK for the impact of our research.
Our reputation for a vibrant research-led culture and has currently attracted more than 450 postgraduate students from the UK and around the world to study and undertake research in the School.
Our research degrees
We offer PhD and MPhil degrees on a full-time or part-time basis. As a partner in the Engineering Doctorate Centre in Steel Technology, the School also supports candidates for the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) award.
The MPhil can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years and leads to the degree of Master of Philosophy. The PhD programme can be studied full-time over three years or part-time over five years and leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
The School admits students to both programmes on four occasions during the year: 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October.
You can also choose to undertake your full-time PhD study on a three or four-year basis. The four year PhD is an integrated research degree aimed at international students which incorporates an initial year of training in research skills and methodology and allows you to choose some taught modules in your specialist area.
Supervision for PhD and MPhil programmes is available across all of these research areas, and postgraduate researchers are assigned both primary and secondary supervisors to support their work. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact members of academic staff working in their area of interest to discuss ideas for their proposed research project.
You'll find application information and much more detail on the engineering postgraduate programme page.
The application process for funded opportunities differs and can be found on the each funding opportunity's page. Search current funded research opportunities now.