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.
- 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).
- 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.
|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.
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 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.
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.
UK government postgraduate doctoral loans
Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans
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.
UK and EU students
Students from outside the EU
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.