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Funded PhD opportunities for the brightest and best students from around the world

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100% of research outputs ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ - Research Excellence Framework 2014

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Research degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. 

Research excellence 

Our School is internationally recognised for high-quality fundamental and applied research covering many aspects of Electronic and Electrical Engineering science and practice. The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) placed us in the top five in the UK with 100% of our research activity rated as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – sector-leading across all subjects and all universities.  

Links with industry

You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia. Many of our funded project studentships are in collaboration with our industrial partners. 

Research facilities

We have all the facilities you’ll need to support your research. We invest millions of pounds each year to ensure we maintain a first-class learning and research environment. Facilities include: a £4.5m electron-beam lithography system, a class 100 semiconductor cleanroom and a molecular beam epitaxy facility to fabricate advanced compound semiconductor optoelectronic devices. 

Professional development 

We’re committed to helping you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career. Our researcher training and development hub provides you with access to tailored training and development opportunities designed to reflect the demands of your current project and future employment. 

Exceptional experience 

You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of over 500 engineering and computing postgraduate researchers who come from all around the world. As well as a lead supervisor who’ll provide guidance and support on your project, you’ll also be associated with one of our research institutes, a small community with whom you’ll interact on a daily basis.

Rewarding careers

During your time with us, you’ll have the support of our dedicated employability team as well as the University’s Careers Centre. Each offers a wide range of services designed to assist you in developing your career. The range of careers open to you once you’ve finished your PhD is broad. Our graduates have secured positions with organisations including, among others: BT, General Electric, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Procter & Gamble, ST-Ericsson.