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Electrical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 317 Electrical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Electrical Engineering is an opportunity to conduct original research into the design, construction and maintenance of electrical machinery and equipment. Your research will help advance the technologies that make modern life possible and underpin sectors such as transport, energy, and manufacturing – to name a few.

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

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor or supervisory team, you’ll work towards completing a thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Electrical Engineering. You will likely divide your time between lab-based research, supervision meetings and writing your thesis. Many universities also offer departmental training in areas such as research methodologies and presentation skills.

Possible research areas include:

  • Intelligent sensing and communications
  • Power and energy systems
  • Electronic engineering for agriculture
  • Photonics and optical communications
  • Advanced material science
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Robotics systems and artificial intelligence

Your research may involve collaboration with academics from other departments, or with industrial partners. You also may have the opportunity to connect with the wider academic community through attending conferences and publishing papers.

Most PhDs Electrical Engineering are pre-designed, but some universities may accept applications for self-proposed projects. If you are planning to design your own research proposal, it will need to align with the research priorities of the department and the expertise of your prospective supervisor.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Electrical Engineering

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Electrical Engineering is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area such as Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Material Science, although a Masters may sometimes be required. You may occasionally be able to gain entry onto an Electrical Engineering PhD with a lower-class degree if you have a Masters and/ or relevant work experience.

PhD in Electrical Engineering funding options

The main body funding Electrical Engineering PhDs in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Most projects have funding attached, meaning that you’ll automatically be awarded tuition fee coverage, a living cost stipend, and a research grant if you are accepted onto the programme.

Some students may propose their own research topic or apply for a project without attached funding (though this is less common). It may be possible to self-fund your PhD by combining the UK government’s doctoral loan with additional sources of funding such as support from your university or from a charity or trust.

PhD in Electrical Engineering careers

A PhD in Electrical Engineering can open up many career opportunities. You may decide to continue your research career, for example by applying for a postdoc leading to an eventual permanent academic position. Electrical engineers are in demand in a vast range of sectors, including transport, IT, energy, defence, healthcare and many more. Having a qualification such as a PhD may qualify you for specialist engineering positions.

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PhD in multi-energy systems analysis with Artificial Intelligence models

Background. The UK and the World are rapidly shifting towards multi-energy systems, such as districts and industrial parks with large amounts of renewable electricity, renewable heating & cooling, clean fuels (e.g. Read more

Solid polymer electrolytes for batteries and smart windows PhD

This research aims at development of solid polymer electrolytes for next-generation batteries and electrochromic smart windows. Batteries and smart windows are one of key technologies to improve energy efficiency and enable net-zero economies. Read more

Sustainable active materials for next-generation lithium-free batteries PhD

This research aims at discovery and development of novel active materials for next-generation lithium-free batteries. Net-zero economies require high-capacity batteries to enable clean transportation and store renewable energy. Read more

Ilmenau School of Green Electronics (ISGE)

Funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation, the Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany is establishing the “Ilmenau School of Green Electronics (ISGE)” for research on the next generation of IT systems. Read more

Novel topologies and technologies for advanced reluctance machines

Project start date. 01 October 2024. Project duration. 4 years. Studentship funding. Home tuition fees (currently £6,035/year). Maintenance stipend (currently £20,622/year) for 3.5 years. Read more

Ultrasound Neural Interface

The Wang Lab is a biomedical research laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin led by Dr. Huiliang (Evan) Wang (https://wanggroup.bme.utexas.edu/). Read more

Fully funded PhD studentship: Transforming respiratory care at the bedside using machine learning assisted on-chip vibrational spectroscopy

Supervisory Team. Prof. Senthil Murugan Ganapathy. Project description. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a widespread respiratory condition affecting all ages, causes respiratory failure due to inflamed, fluid-filled lungs hindering gas exchange. Read more

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