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Communications Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 67 Communications Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD candidates in Communications Engineering research the technologies we use to communicate with one another, such as mobile networks, internet, radio and audio-visual appliances. Research in the field seeks to improve and maintain high-speed data transmission services, used for anything from interpersonal phone calls to space-based satellite communication.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Communications Engineering?

As a PhD student in Communications Engineering, much of your time will be spent conducting lab-based research, working on your thesis and attending supervisory meetings. You’ll likely work as part of a research group, either under a single supervisor or supervisory team. Your research may include employing a range of technologies such as signal processing, machine learning and optical systems.

Possible research areas include:

  • Space to ground laser communication
  • Radar antenna systems
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Advanced cellular communication technology
  • Social networking
  • Machine-to-machine communication

You may also be provided with training in areas such as research methodologies and presentation skills, and have the opportunity to attend conferences, publish papers and teach undergraduate students.

PhD in Communications Engineering entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Communications Engineering is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering or computing discipline. A Masters may occasionally be required.

PhD in Communications Engineering funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Communications Engineering in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Projects will almost always have funding attached, meaning that successful applicants will automatically be awarded coverage of tuition fees, a living cost stipend, and often an extra research grant.

It may be possible to self-fund a PhD in Communications Engineering, but this is uncommon. Students who self-fund an Engineering or Computer Science PhD generally do so through combining the UK’s doctoral loan with additional sources of funding such as support from their university or from a charity or trust.

PhD in Communications Engineering careers

Communications Engineering is a field that underlies much of makes modern life possible – meaning that is plenty of demands for experts in the area! You could apply for a specialist position within sectors such as internet and computing technologies, telecommunications or radio, or continue your research career to help develop and improve communications systems.

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Joint Sensing and Communications for Efficient Optical Wireless Networking

It is envisaged that integrated sensing and communication (ISAC) will be a key 6G technology to optimise the utilisation of resources such as spectrum, energy, and hardware. Read more

Engineering Networked Machine Learning via Meta-Free Energy Minimisation

Inspired by neuroscience, informed by information-theoretic principles, and motivated by modern wireless systems architectures integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and communications, this project sets out to develop a paradigm-shifting framework for networked machine learning (ML) that is centred on the following ideas. Read more

PhD Studentship - I2AM-BirD: Innovative Integration of Advanced Materials for Bird-tracking tag antenna Design

A rare opportunity for a mechanical/materials graduate engineer to advance the study of wild birds at a thriving modern university and alongside an international market leader in the design and manufacture of bird tracking devices, in the lovely south coast county of Dorset. . Read more

Causal Machine Learning in Aerospace PhD

This PhD project will investigate the recent field of study of Causal Machine Learning, which aims to modify and augment Machine Learning by using Causal Analysis techniques as a way to solve its limitations. Read more

Development of RF MEMS for 6G communication

Supervisory Team:  Kees de Groot & Harold Chong. Project description. Applications are invited for this prestigious 3.5-year Industrial PhD studentship to work on an exciting collaboration between Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton and Analog Devices Inc. Read more
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Machine learning and transformation optics for plasmonic nanoantennas

In the last decade, nanophotonics and nanoplasmonics have become well-established research fields. They benefit from the recent advances in nanofabrication and optical characterization techniques, as well as the accuracy and predictive value that classical electromagnetics has demonstrated down to the nanoscale. Read more

UCL SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Research Degrees

UCL's Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT) was founded in 2009 with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESRC) and an array of public and private sector organisations working in crime reduction security and law enforcement. Read more

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