Research courses

We offer individually tailored research projects as part of our PhD courses. This will provide you with a unique experience in which you will study to become an expert in your chosen field.

What we are researching

We have a number of research areas within each of the Department's eight research centres and groups.


  • Energy conversion
  • Triboelectric generation
  • Thermoelectric generation
  • RF energy harvesting
  • Nanofabrication and characterisation
  • Functional nanomaterials
  • Carbon nanotubes interconnects
  • Nanocomposites
  • Electrospinning
  • Water purification using magnetic nanocarbons
  • Printed electronics
  • Large-area microwave and RF devices and circuits
  • Power-efficient transistors for large area electronic circuits
  • New device concepts for uniformity and energy efficiency
  • Solution processable nanowire field-effect transistors
  • Pressure and presence sensors.

Photonics and quantum sciences

Find a course

All of our postgraduate research students studying on one of the electronic engineering PhD's are members of a research centre within our department where they receive consistent support during their studies.

If you are interested in doing a PhD with us, please look at the interests of our Department's research groups and get in contact with an academic.


CVSSP studentship opportunities

Funding information:
These PhD studentships will cover home and EU university tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant of up to £14,777 per annum and contribution to travel costs to present your research at national and international conferences. Studentships are open to overseas students provided they can support the difference between home and overseas fees (£16,540).

Industrial CASE

Funding information:
The award will be for a period of three years and includes home tuition fees, plus a stipend (approx £14,296 p.a).

Metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic and light-emission applications

Funding information:
Directly Funded Project (European/UK students only). The post is open for home-fee qualifying applicants.

Quantum Biology studentships

The Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB DTC) invites applications from excellent candidates for seven fully funded PhD studentships, covering fees and maintenance, for October 2019 entry.

Expert support

The Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.


Our department has a wide range of facilities available for research into areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence, security, energy conversion, space missions, healthcare and nanomaterials just to name a few.

Find a supervisor

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