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Electronic Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 286 Electronic Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD candidates in Electronic Engineering research the electronic components such as semiconductors, resistors and inductors, and the devices they power. Electronic systems are near-ubiquitous in in modern industry, and your research could help promote developments in a wide range of sectors including communications, computing, healthcare, energy and transport.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Electronic 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 Electronic 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:

  • Nanoelectronics
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Photonics
  • Semiconductor electronics
  • Antennas, radar and navigation
  • Optical materials and devices

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 in Electronic 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.

PhD in Electronic Engineering entry requirements

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 Electronic Engineering funding options

The main body funding Electronic 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 Electronic Engineering careers

Career opportunities in Electronic Engineering are wide-ranging. Expertise is in demand in cutting-edge industries including cybersecurity, blockchain and BitCoin, as well as the sectors that make day-to-day modern life possible such as transport, energy and manufacturing.

You may also choose to continue your academic career, for example by applying for a postdoc that eventually leads to a permanent research position.

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Durham Doctoral Teaching Fellow (DDTF) in Electrical or Electronic Engineering

Applications are invited for a DDTF in Electrical or Electronic Engineering. The fellowship aims to support the completion of a PhD degree while at the same time acquiring teaching skills that will enhance the Fellow’s career progression. Read more

Ultralightweight Optics, Photonics, and Optoelectronics for Space

Supervisory Team: Dr. Nina Vaidya . Project description: . Design and fabrication of space compatible optical and optoelectronic devices: lightweight optics and renewable energy sources like space solar arrays are one of the most crucial aspects of a successful space mission. Read more

Solar Energy Harvesting and Delivery using Optical Fibres

Our reliance on renewable and sustainable energy is undoubtedly becoming more prevalent, especially with the current worldwide climatic challenges and the decarbonization targets set by many countries. Read more

Scalable Drone and AI Solutions for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management

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

Development of a wafer-scale graphene MEMS manufacturing process

Graphene is the ideal membrane material for micro/nano electromechanical systems (M/NEMS) due to its high stiffness and strength, high elasticity, high electrical and thermal conductivity and low areal mass. Read more

PhD Studentship - Process Industries: Net Zero Low GWP working fluids for Thermosyphons

This PhD project will investigate the use of low GWP working fluids for Thermosyphons. Thermosyphons are a high efficiency cooling solution employed in various applications, ranging from green power generation to the cooling of high powered electronics. Read more

AI-enabled extreme weather event-driven health informatics

About the Project. Join the groundbreaking WEATHER project led by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), in collaboration with University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the RCSI Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, and University of Portsmouth, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). Read more

PhD Studentship - Process Industries: Net Zero 3D Heat Pipe Technology

This PhD project will develop next generation 3D Heat Pipes for Space Applications, to maximise thermal transport efficiency within advanced electronics for space and terrestrial applications. Read more

In Cabin Occupancy Monitoring using sub-THz radar

The alarming increase in child fatalities within vehicles has prompted the European New Car Evaluation Program (NCAP) to recommend the inclusion of a Child Presence Detection (CPD) system in new cars starting from 2020. Read more
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Optical metasurfaces for multifunctional mid-infrared spectroscopy

About the project. Mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy reveals nearly all chemical/biological substances through identification of their unique vibrational absorption signatures (molecular fingerprints)—essential for biomedical diagnostics, remote sensing and environmental monitoring. Read more

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