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?

Electronic engineers produce the next generation of computers, satellites and mobile communication systems, and we are positioned at the forefront of these developments. With our upcoming 5G Innovation Centre, four internationally leading research centres and partnership (in collaboration with University of Strathclyde) with the National Physical Laboratory, your time with us will enable you to become an expert in your specialism.

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 opportunities to cross boundaries, providing you with truly world-class opportunities.

Programme overview

There are around 300 PhD students within the Department and most of our doctoral research is offered by our 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 Queen’s University Belfast.

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.

Why not discover the experiences of past and present students studying the subject, including Tom Wantock, Soheyl Soodmand and Charles Malleson?

In recent news, one of our PhD students' research efforts was recently praised by the Saudi ambassador to the UK and another PhD student won a Silver Medal at the International Astronautical Congress.

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
  • Space engineering and satellite applications
  • Theory and computation

Facilities

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

Research centres

Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) - dedicated to advancing next-generation electronic and photonic device technologies

• Institute for Communication Systems (formerly the Centre for Communication Systems Research, CCSR) - the largest academic research centre in the UK specialising in information and communication technology

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) - one of the largest UK research centres in audio-visual signal processing and interpretation

Surrey Space Centre (SSC) - the world’s leading research centre for small, low cost space missions

Funding

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.

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

PhD

Programme length:

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

Start date:

October, January, April, July

Contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 069

N.Bennett@surrey.ac.uk

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.

Fees

Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time To be confirmed £16,600
Part-time To be confirmed £8,400

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

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

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+44 (0)1483 681 681

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