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Control Systems PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 124 Control Systems PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD students in Control Systems study the way that devices are managed, commanded and regulated using control loops. Control systems are used in industries like manufacturing, aerospace and aviation.

What is it like to do a PhD in Control Systems?

A PhD in Control Systems will have you using numerical and analytical methods to improve the performance of control systems. You will be using mathematical models to describe the dynamics of complex systems and contribute to research in areas like robotics and satellite guidance.

Some popular research topics in Control Systems are:

  • Robot motion control
  • Traffic engineering
  • Satellite guidance
  • Linear systems and control theory

If you are interested in working on similar topics, here are some example research topics in Control Systems that you could consider:

  • Computational methods in feedback control design
  • Optimisation and its application to control systems
  • Stability and asymptotic analysis of nonlinear systems
  • Control of nonlinear systems
  • Robust control of uncertain systems

You may also attend conferences and publish papers to help you expand your knowledge on your field of research. You will be required to submit a thesis to be defended during your viva in the final year of your PhD.

You will also be provided with access to facilities like a fully-equipped lab that you can use for your research.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Control Systems is usually a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a related subject, though a Masters may sometimes be required. You will also be expected to show some proficiency in the language of instruction at your university.

PhD in Control Systems funding options

In the UK, a PhD in Control Systems is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). They offer fully-funded studentships along with a monthly stipend. If you are awarded a PhD studentship, you will receive the funding automatically provided you complete the research project asked of you.

PhD in Control Systems careers

A PhD in Control Systems can help you prepare for a career in research, development and innovation. You might also consider a career in academia or in consulting.

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Power and Data Dual Modulation for Improved DC Microgrid Control (Ref: FP-RW-2024)

DC Microgrids (MG) connect various renewable generations and energy storages and play a vital role for the goal of Net Zero. The overall management of the DC MG relies on information and communication technologies among power electronics interfaces. Read more

Scalable Drone and AI Solutions for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management

Research activities at the Drone Systems Lab (https://dronesystemslab.co.uk) are focused on developing intelligent drone-based systems to reliably measure plant biodiversity and ecosystem health. Read more

Distributed active reinforcement learning for multi-agent planning and control

With the rapid development of network-connected systems, coordination and cooperation among the subsystems/agents have become increasingly important and powerful in many control and robotics applications. Read more

Electro-mechanical Modelling and Control of Wave Energy Converters using MEGA-PTO

EU Consortium. MEGA-PTO is an EU flagship project, one of only two funded in the EU Wave Power Take-Off (PTO) Call, involving 12 partners, all world-leading in their own areas of expertise, including 3 wave device developers, Mocean Energy, CETO and PureMarine. Read more
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Development of Intelligent Monitoring and Adaptive Control Techniques for PHEVs

EPSRC PhD studentship - SoE 2024-2025 (Home students only). The PhD project integrates state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology into the R&D process of advanced control systems used for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Read more

Photonic sensors for robotics and automation

Be part of the robotics revolution by joining our PhD programme in photonic sensors. The future of robots lies in increased flexibility and performance, and to enable this better performing and lower cost sensors are required. Read more

Modular Power Electronics for MEGA-PTO

MEGA-PTO is an EU flagship project, one of only two funded in the EU Wave PTO Call, involving 12 partners, all world-leading in their own areas of expertise, including 3 wave device developers, Mocean Energy, CETO and PureMarine. Read more

Wave energy harvesting systems for Maritime Robotic Systems

Supervisory Team: N.C. Townsend and A.Murphy. PhD Supervisor: N.C. Townsend. Project description. In this PhD project you will explore novel wave energy harvesting approaches for autonomous ocean robotic systems, such as ASVs and AUVs. Read more

Robotic systems for precision automation

The Centre for Robotics Research (CORE) has an exciting PhD opportunity to join its multidisciplinary team. Mechanical systems used in automated processes, such as manufacturing and robotics applications, usually comprise of rigid components connected by traditional joints. Read more

PhD position in reinforcement learning and multi-agent reinforcement learning

The successful applicants will join the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, and Leonardo Ltd, one of the UK's leading aerospace companies and one of the biggest suppliers of defence and security equipment to the UK. Read more

Control of renewable energy / mechatronic / robotic systems

These projects are open to students worldwide, but have no funding attached. Therefore, the successful applicant will be expected to fund tuition fees at the relevant level (home or international) and any applicable additional research costs. Read more

Control of Nonlinear Engineering Systems

These projects are open to students worldwide, but have no funding attached. Therefore, the successful applicant will be expected to fund tuition fees at the relevant level (home or international) and any applicable additional research costs. Read more

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