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

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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.

PhD, MPhil, EngD Full-time, Part-time Area

Biomedical Engineering

Opportunities available in the Biomedical Engineering Research Group.


Natural Flood Processes for Flood Risk Management

This project aims to develop a novel methodology to assess the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management (NFM) interventions at catchment reach levels.


Advanced Materials and Computational Mechanics

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


Numerical modelling of wind-wave-current-sediment interaction

The main aim of the proposed project is to quantify the sediment transport and morphodynamics subjected to various ambient environments.


Development of human soft tissue substitute material

This project will be at the cutting edge of biomechanics and the developed substitute will have use in many applications including training clinicians and evaluating medical devices.


Topological composite phononic crystals for advanced engineering applications

The main aim of the project is to combine recently designed and studied topological structures, such as for example gyroscopic lattices, to propose innovative metamaterial concepts made of different topological phases, leading to topological composite media where the phononic band structure is determined by both topological and non-topological effects due to the modulation of the phases.


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.


Deep Machine Learning for Automated Lesion Detection in PET-CT

This project will develop automated detection of lesions in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) using deep machine learning.


Flexibility provision from energy systems integration

The focus of the project will be on quantifying the flexibility that can be made available to power systems by their effective integration with heat supply systems from buildings.


Novel, rate-sensitive material to reduce head injuries

This PhD focusses on developing a new material that will enable helmets to perform effectively across a range of testing conditions that better represent common impact scenarios.


A futuristic science based approach to enhance quality and durability of High Performance Pre-cast Concrete Products

Concrete infrastructure projects are currently designed for delivery on time and budget through efficient management of construction processes.


Lab-on-GaN for manipulating cancer exosomes for cancer early diagnostics

The project will develop a surface acoustic wave (SAW) transducer based on piezoelectric effect of Gallium Nitride (GaN) to separate cancer-derived EVs subpopulation from whole blood.


Numerical modelling of non-Newtonian rising bubbles

The project will explore the use of several constitutive laws for viscoelastic fluids that incorporate either shear-thinning or constant viscosity behaviour.


Deep Learning based Robotic Motion Generation for Manipulating Granular and Viscous Materials

This project aims to investigate in developing Deep Learning based methods for robots to learn to manipulate such materials using tools, such as scoops, shovels, or trowels, and generate motions autonomously in real-time.


Novel Routes to Hierarchical Nanocomposite Fabrication using Magnetic Fields

This project will seek to develop nanocomposites with varying internal microstructures and to establish the relationship with final composite properties.


A high repetition rate semiconductor quantum dot light source (for the UK National Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub)

The focus of the project will be on increasing the efficiency and repetition rate of the single photon source to make higher photon number experiments possible, ultimately delivering an optical quantum simulation that outperforms a classical computer.


Novel sensors and techniques for high voltage insulator inspections

The project will investigate a wide range of non-contact probes and test techniques for the identification of problem on the system (e.g. pollution on insulator surface, surface degradation and hydrophobicity reduction, localized discharges).


Development of graphene-based functional interlayers for efficient, stable and inexpensive next generation photovoltaics

The aim of this project is to combine the unique advantages of graphene of 1) high charge carrier mobility, 2) good upscalability and 3) barrier effect for water and oxygen ingress to significantly enhance the stability of encapsulation-free perovskite solar cells without compromising solar cell efficiency.


Audible Acoustics for Damage Detection in Aerospace Composite Structures

Cardiff University, Airbus, AcSoft and gfai tech are offering this unique opportunity to be part of an international collaboration to develop a carbon fibre composite damage detection system using Audible Acoustics (AA) for aerospace applications.


Exploiting graphene and nanodiamond to enhance wear resistance of carbide-based materials by Spark Plasma Sintering

The focus of this project is to explore a bottom up strategy to design nanodiamond, graphene and tungsten carbide ceramic composite materials.