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Communications Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 34 Communications Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

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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Physical layer security for connected autonomous vehicles

Secure data exchange between communicating vehicles is one of the greatest technical challenges pending to be addressed prior to mass production of fully autonomous vehicles. Read more
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Hybrid OFDM transmission system for connected autonomous vehicles

Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) is a technique that exploits orthogonal carriers to transmit information and enhance received signal diversity and consequently increase received signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Read more
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Compact MIMO antennas for 6G mobile devices

Antennas are the corner stone of wireless communications as they are responsible for transmitting and receiving the electromagnetic wave that carries the information message. Read more
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Realising Internet-scale Network Telemetry

The Internet is a vital conduit to many part of our daily lives. From banking to education, it has become an integral part of how society functions and operates. Read more

PhD scholarship in precision and quantum sensing for through earth communications

At the Queensland Quantum Optics Lab we have pioneered a new approach to magnetic sensing with unprecedented performance. With Orica, a world-leading company driving mining and geotechnical innovation, we aim to apply this to transform through-earth communications. Read more

3D sound for multiple listeners

Supervisory Team.   Prof Philip Nelson, Dr Christine Evers. Project description. Technology for recording and reproducing sound is changing at an unprecedented pace. Read more

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