We have a strong focus on research and our postgraduate research students have access to leading technologies and the opportunity to gain industry experience within our related research centres.

What we are researching

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

Find a course

Our students have the opportunity to spend four years in industry via our unique Engineering Doctorate programme.

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


We have studentship opportunities available, including our new Vice Chancellor’s Studentship Award and the Doctoral College Studentship Award.

Lithium-Sulphur batteries

Funding information:
Each PhD studentship will cover fees (at home fees rate) and living costs (at normal EPSRC stipend). Although applications from overseas students will be considered, such students will have to pay their own the difference between overseas fees and home fees (as the studentship covers home fees only).

High temperature materials research for antenna applications

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900 per year – all fees met by the University.

Vehicle dynamics controllers and observers for all-terrain driving applications

Funding information:
The student will receive a yearly stipend of £15000. Additional funding is available for equipment and participation in International conferences.

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.

Centre for Doctoral Training

We host a prestigious EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies (MiNMaT) which offers the Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD course that combines industrially-relevant research with a taught element.

The Centre supports research engineers whilst they are based both at their sponsors organisation and here on campus over their four years.


We have facilities for surface analysis instrumentation, electron microscopy services and materials and structures characterisation, with testing from the nano- to macro-scales.

Find a supervisor

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