Electronic Engineering PhD

Upon completion of my MSc I was able to embark upon a sponsored PhD at Surrey’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing. My PhD research is contributing to a European Union project in which the University is one of nine members.

Charles Malleson PhD Electronic Engineering

Why Surrey?

From revolutionary approaches in spacecraft design and ingenious communications systems to nanostructures with incredible properties and the manipulation of light itself, our research in electronic engineering is at the most exciting edge of technological innovation.

Through consistent investment stemming from our deep commitment to world-class, sustainable research programmes, the Department of Electronic Engineering has built up an impressive infrastructure to support all its activities.

The interdisciplinary nature of much of our work encourages us to constantly explore new approaches to cross boundaries, providing our postgraduate researchers with truly world-class opportunities.

Programme overview

There are almost 300 PhD students within the Department. Most of our doctoral research is offered by PhD. The Department also has an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Applications of Next Generation Accelerators in collaboration with the Universities of Strathclyde and Huddersfield and Queens University Belfast.

Research areas

  • Ion Beam implantation, analysis and applications
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Photonics
  • Radio Air Interface
  • Internet of Things
  • Future Internet protocols and architecture
  • Cognitive Networks and Cognitive Radio
  • Radio Access System Optimisation
  • Security
  • Knowledge and Data Engineering
  • Computer Vision
  • Video analysis and processing
  • Speech and Audio analysis and processing
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Medical Image analysis
  • 3D Video and Audio
  • Astrodynamics
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Propulsion
  • Robotics


We offer state-of-the-art facilities in many areas, including:

  • Clean-rooms for the development of nanotechnology
  • Ground-station for monitoring of satellites
  • EPSRC National Centre for Ion implantation and Ion-beam applications
  • Supercomputers for advanced mathematical modeling
  • Multiple camera broadcast studio facilities
  • Professional audio-visual production suite
  • Multimedia laboratories
  • RF and wireless test facilities
  • Internet of Things experimental facilities


The quality of our research is recognised by prestigious prizes from industry and government bodies (both British and international). We have a strong track record of funding from UK research councils and the European Union.

We have a number of fully funded PhD studentships for suitably qualified UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements. Other funding opportunities also exist within different research centres.


Machine Learning for Clinical Data Analysis


Dr Payam Barnaghi

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

Funding Funded by University of Surrey
Application deadline 12 October 2014
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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July


Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 069


Entry Requirements

A first or upper second-class degree in engineering or physical sciences, or equivalent overseas qualification, or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required). Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £3,996 £15,920
Part-time £1,998 £7,960

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

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Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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