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.

Adaptive real time combustion-kinetic-control modelling approach for FPE applications

Funding information:
Fully funded. UK/EU students only.

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.

Improving the performance of flexible packaging adhesives

Funding information:
Stipend of £17,000 pa – all fees met by the University. Applications accepted all year round. The Centre reserves the right to withdraw the advert if a suitable candidate is found. Start date: October 2019

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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