Engineering

The School of Engineering is committed to providing the best possible environment for our research students including excellent facilities, teaching staff who are internationally recognised, and a supportive environment for our students.

We are internationally renowned for our research and are a friendly supportive School with a diverse range of students from across the world. We pride ourselves on our multidisciplinary approach to research and organise our research into three main themes:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Health, Technology and the Digital World
  • Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing.

We offer a 3 year PhD programme, a 4 year integrated PhD programme, an EngD programme, and a 1 year MPhil degree programme.

Programme aims

  • Develop research skills through a programme of in-depth study.
  • Develop expertise in appropriate methods of research and enquiry.
  • Produce high quality research outputs which demonstrate critical judgement.
  • Produce a thesis (PhD thesis approx. 80,000 words).

Distinctive features

  • We have a world renowned reputation for research and the impact of that research (REF 2014).
  • Teaching opportunities – we offer a range of teaching and demonstrating opportunities across our undergraduate teaching programme.
  • We have strong links with other institutions and research organisations as well as industry and business.
  • A wide range of funded studentships are available.
  • Our research income currently exceeds £10 million from public and private sectors and supports innovative research in traditional and emerging areas.
  • State-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities and modern laboratories.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil, EngD
Full-time duration EngD 4 years; integrated PhD 4 years; PhD 3 years; MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration PhD 5-7 years; MPhil 2-5 years
Start dates January, April, July, October
Application deadline(s) Applications to self-funded PhD projects will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Doctoral students are supervised by at least two qualified, experience academic staff. The supervisory team guide and advise through regular meetings and support the students through the University’s academic processes and procedures. Research students are expected to undertake approved research training during their studies.

PhD programme

The general structure of the standard three year PhD programme is as follows:

  • Year One: Research methods training and literature review.
  • Year Two: Experimental work/Data collection/fieldwork.
  • Year Three: Data analysis and writing-up.

Students are expected to produce an extended piece of written work each year to satisfy the University’s progress review monitoring procedures. This will usually take the form of a draft chapter from your thesis.

As well as the supervisors, doctoral students are also allocated a ‘Progress Reviewer’ who will independently assess and give constructive feedback each year on the work submitted for review.

4-year integrated PhD programme

We also offer a four-year integrated PhD programme, which combines a structured first year of taught modules (equivalent of 60 credits per semester) and research elements together with structured research training. The four year programme is particularly suited to overseas candidates who are making the transition from taught to independent research study or those with no formal master's degree.

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is particularly suited to research degree students who want to work in industry. The four year programme combines PhD level research with taught courses, whilst students spend up to 75% of their time working directly with a company.

Research training

Research training is a strong feature of all of our research degree programmes. All students are required to participate in our supporting studies programme and to complete a skills development and training audit to agree a Personal Development Plan.

This, in addition to any taught components of your scheme, helps to ensure that you have the appropriate skills to complete a piece of high quality research, and to develop your professional and personal skills for application in your chosen career.

The research undertaken in the School is wide ranging and interdisciplinary. Our research covers the main engineering disciplines i.e. civil and structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, and medical engineering.

We are conducting research and advancing knowledge across a wide range of disciplines. Researchers at Cardiff are leading cutting-edge projects that have numerous practical applications. We work closely with industrial partners and other organisations to ensure that our research contributes to the needs of industry, business, economic development, and the community, both at home and abroad.

To create and sustain a dynamic research culture, research in the School is organised into the three themes of

  • Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Health, Security and the Digital World.

These themes reflect the role that engineering plays in finding solutions to contemporary and future environmental, social, health and economic challenges.

Research areas

Engineering: Energy and Environment

One of the School’s three research themes is that of Energy and Environment, which aims to advance energy technology and play a key role in addressing the increasing demand for sustainable and low carbon technologies, while reducing environmental impact and ensuring a sustainable environment.

Engineering: Health, Technology and the Digital World

The Health, Technology, and the Digital World research theme provides a framework for the research undertaken in the fields of High Frequency Communications Engineering and Medical Engineering, Medical Physics, and Medical Electronics. The combination of these disciplines allows for a truly innovative approach and enables exciting new solutions for the security, healthcare and medical requirements of a modern society.

Engineering: Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing

The wide ranging research theme of Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing incorporates cutting edge research which fosters innovation and sustainability, supports social and economic development, and contributes to improvements in health and quality of life by ensuring the safety and best performance of materials and structures.

Research projects

We are inviting applications to a number of self-funded PhD projects in various fields of study. These projects are open to UK/EU and overseas students.

Prospective applicants are also welcome to contact any member of academic staff working in their area of interest to discuss ideas for their own proposed research project.

Geo-environmental Engineering

Self-healing of plant-stabilised geotechnical structures.

Biomedical Engineering

Opportunities available in the Biomedical Engineering Research Group.

Biomedical smart fabric wearable devices

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on energy and environment.

Advanced Materials and Computational Mechanics

Opportunities available within the field of Materials, and Advanced and Computational Mechanics.

Intelligent remote monitoring of knee implants

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on energy and environment.

Development of Graphene/ceramic composites with damage self-monitoring capabilities

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on energy and environment.

Bio-geotechnical engineering of natural and engineered slopes using biofilm

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on energy and environment.

Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for photocatalysis

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing.

Modelling infiltration and runoff erosion of hydrophobic soils

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on energy and environment.

Mechanical Forces Due to Lightning Strikes to Aircraft

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing.

Energy harvesting and novel power supplies for body sensor networks and implantable devices

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on health, technology and the digital world.

Periodic composite metamaterials for vibroacoustic insulation

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing.

Micro and nano scale statistical properties of randomly rough engineering surfaces and their tribological properties

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing.

Ultrasonic guided wave-based structural health monitoring of composites under uncertainty

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Safe and Effective Brain Stimulation Tool

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on energy and environment.

Enhancing the predictability and reliability of mechanical machining on the nanoscale via a novel modelling approach

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing.

Micro-pitting failure of gear tooth surfaces – the influence of running-in and residual stress

This is a fully-funded EPSRC project in engineering, focusing on mechanics, materials and advanced manufacturing.

Ammonia-methane power generation for CO₂ mitigation in steelwork processes

This project seeks to establish a new NH₃/CH₄ cycle and a laboratory-based device for the recovery and use of ammonia produced during the steel-making process in the blast furnaces located at Port Talbot, Wales.

Funding

There are a wide range of PhD studentships available each year and we are part of the EPSRC Water Informatics Centre for Doctoral Training which provides research studentships.

We provide financial support to every PhD student to enable you to attend training activities, and to purchase basic equipment needed for your research.

Name Deadline
EPSRC NPIF PhD in Engineering 31 July 2017
KESS2 PhD in Engineering: Advanced Engineering and Materials (Semiconductor Devices) 15 September 2017
PhD in Engineering: BIM data streaming for infrastructure asset management 31 August 2017
PhD in Engineering: Computational methods for design optimization of structures and materials 30 August 2017
PhD in Engineering: Mini-vascular networks for construction material damage immunity 31 August 2017
PhD in Engineering: Numerical modelling of self-healing in cementitious materials 31 August 2017
PhD in Engineering: Optimisation for novel structural-material configuration 30 August 2017
PhD in Engineering: Solar energy storage systems 31 August 2017

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Suitable for graduates in engineering and related subject areas such as physics, mathematics, earth sciences and computer science.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

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