Nuclear EngD

The EngD at the University of Surrey has allowed me to gain the technical and academic knowledge of a PhD, alongside hands on, industrial experience. Having previously studied at the University of Surrey, I knew that both the facilities and academics were exceptional, and during my research I have had the opportunity to travel extensively, presenting my research at a variety of conferences and assisting in numerous experiments at facilities across the globe. I would absolutely recommend an EngD to anyone looking to further their career, as for me it provides both an excellent academic experience and maximises your employability in the future.

Richard Britton EngD, Nuclear Physics

Why Surrey?

PhD students work closely with their academic supervisors, and typically with other students and postdoctoral researchers. They share offices with other PhD students working in the same group.

Research is normally collaborative with students working within a team of dedicated scientists. PhD students use state-of-the-art facilities within the University, and many also work in internationally leading research labs both in the UK and overseas.

Programme overview

EngD overview

As a Nuclear EngD ‘research engineer’, you will be based 75 per cent with an industrial sponsor and 25 per cent within the Department of Physics. The Surrey Nuclear EngD has an integrated Diploma in Management and a range of taught, specialist technical modules at postgraduate level, in areas including Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Nuclear Instrumentation, Radiation Detection and Nuclear Experimentation.

Nuclear EngD research projects are co-supervised by a Surrey Physics academic and an industrial supervisor.

Research themes

Most areas of research are inter-disciplinary and the majority of students have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at universities, research establishments and in industry around the world.

Research areas

  • Astrophysics
  • Experimental nuclear physics
  • Theoretical nuclear physics
  • Radiation detector physics
  • Cement science
  • Biological physics
  • Medical imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of porous media
  • Physics of elastomers
  • Polymer coatings
  • Carbon nanotubes and graphene
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum information processing
  • Photonic materials and devices
  • Spintronics

You can discover more about our research by visiting our departmental pages.

Research facilities accessible to Physics PhD students at the University of Surrey include:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging laboratories
  • Laser laboratories
  • Soft matter laboratories including microstructural (AFM and Raman), mechanical, optical (ellipsometry and spectroscopy), electrical and thermal characterisation facilities
  • Low temperature, high magnetic field and high pressure characterisation laboratories
  • Dedicated ultra-fast-laser laboratory
  • Chemical synthesis laboratory
  • Electrical and optical characterisation laboratories
  • Access to an electron microscopy suite (SEM and environmental SEM)
  • Access to a focussed-ion-beam facility
  • Class 100 clean-room facility for the development of nanotechnology
  • High performance computers for advanced mathematical modelling
  • Full support from dedicated teams of technical and IT support staff

IT support staff

PhD students are assigned to a research group which includes a team of academics, postdoctoral researchers, guest scientists and fellows. Each has a vibrant seminar programme providing the opportunity to learn from colleagues and from guest scientists.


For external students, the EngD programme is funded principally by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the University of Surrey and our sponsoring organisations. Research Engineers receive a stipend of around £19,600 per annum, normally tax-free.

Academic fees, expenses and conference fees are covered by the UK EPSRC Nuclear EngD consortium.

In addition to the stipend, the option also exists for suitably qualified candidates already employed within the UK nuclear and radiation science industries to register for the course and continue to work full-time with their employer.

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Programme facts

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Programme length:

  • Full-time: 48 months

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Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 783

Entry Requirements

A First or Upper Second class degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent overseas qualification, or a Lower Second plus a good Masters degree.

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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 £4195 £20,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Doctoral College

Our Doctoral College supports researcher excellence and employability across the doctoral and early career stages of the researcher journey.

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General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

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