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Our leading-edge research and close links with business, industry and the public sector makes us the University of choice for a growing number of doctoral researchers. Working side-by-side with world class researchers, our doctoral researchers are addressing local, societal and global challenges.

At Strathclyde, we aim to fully equip our doctoral researchers with the skills and knowledge needed to become future leaders through careers in research, academia, business, industry, government, and social sectors.

With access to first-rate facilities and an excellent research environment, our Strathclyde doctoral programmes include the following research opportunities:

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Students are also able to join the Strathclyde Doctoral School, a community of more than 1,800 doctoral researchers from over 80 countries. The School encompasses our four Faculties and is committed to enhancing the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities and ensuring training is at the highest level.


Strathclyde is a multi-award-winning university. In 2019, we won University of the Year for the second time. As well as the University of the Year, we also won the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year award for our Breaking Barriers initiative, a pioneering programme which gives young people with learning disabilities access to education and work experience opportunities.


With a Doctorate from Strathclyde you have many career opportunities ahead of you. Whether your interests are in industry, business, government, public or social sectors, your research and the training and development you will have received together with the network of Strathclyde researchers, friends and contacts you will have developed, mean that a bright future awaits you.

We offer a number of funded and unfunded PhD and postgraduate research opportunities.

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Located in the centre of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde is the 2012/13 Times Higher Education University of the Year and the 2013/14 Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year. Research in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is highly interdisciplinary and combines the expertise of civil and environmental engineers, with geoscientists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, and social scientists. Our world-class research portfolio includes leadership of international and multi-institutional research consortia in close collaboration with industry and government.
We have a vibrant postgraduate research community, with currently around 70 research students. We offer research training in a diverse, international setting and all of our PhD students have the support of two supervisors to guide them through their research. Students have the opportunity to attend specialist classes and training courses from across the University, as well as the Department’s weekly research seminar series. In addition, all of our PhD students work towards the University of Strathclyde’s Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Researcher Development. This innovative PGCert ensures students receive credited training in complementary skills such as presentation, external engagement, writing and project-specific skills.
In 2013 the Department was awarded the Athena SWAN silver award, in recognition of our “commitment to advancing women’s careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.” We are the only engineering department in Scotland, and one of only three civil engineering departments in the UK to hold this award.

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The Department of Computer and Information Sciences is part of the faculty of Science at the University of Strathclyde. With 30 academic staff, 11 support staff and about 50 researchers, it is one of the smaller departments in the faculty. Its size allows for a friendly and supportive atmosphere with a strong sense of community.

The Department provides a rich and stimulating research environment, with research groups in Automated Planning (a sub-area of Artificial Intelligence), Mathematically Structured Programming, Software Systems, Information Retrieval and Global Dataflow Systems. It has strong cross-disciplinary links throughout the university and also across Scotland, participating in the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA). It also enjoys a number of research collaborations with other institutions world-wide.

The University of Strathclyde is a vibrant and dynamic university in the heart of Glasgow, one of the largest cities in the UK. The university has a very strong reputation in Engineering and the Sciences and prides itself on its relationship with the wider community, and the range of its industrial and business links.

The Department supports a lively community of PhD students, postdoctoral research fellows and frequent international visitors. There is a regular and varied seminar programme as well as weekly meetings of research groups. The university encourages cross-disciplinary research and there are many opportunities for research engagements with other departments, both within and beyond the Science faculty.

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The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is the largest in the University with 46 academic staff, over 600 undergraduate students and over 200 postgraduate students. As well as being the largest department in Strathclyde, we are also the largest Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department in Scotland. The Department is part of the University's Faculty of Engineering, one of the University's five teaching faculties.
Electronic & Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde is taught by Scotland's largest Department, established for over a century, rated Excellent in teaching quality terms by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and with a highly regarded 5 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise conducted across the UK by the national universities governing body.
The Department's size and diversity is unique - the research covers everything in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from control to optoelectronics, to power engineering, to signal processing, instrumentation and communications. The High Voltage Technologies Research Group researches all aspects of HV engineering and Pulsed Power Technologies.
This teaching and research presence assures undergraduates of an effective up-to-date and enthusiastic education. The research activities are vitally important in teaching undergraduates: many staff members are internationally recognised authorities on their subject and their laboratories are often made available for undergraduate use, especially for project work. The Department's international connections in Europe, the USA and throughout the world offer unique opportunities for studying and vacation work abroad.

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has an international reputation in the use of mathematical and statistical analysis for real-world problems.

Research within the Department covers a wide range of applied and applicable mathematics and statistics with a prominent commitment to the analysis of nonlinear equations and the solution of real-world problems. The Department has collaborative links with researchers in many institutions, including other universities, research establishments and industry in the UK, Europe, the USA and elsewhere in the world.

The Department offers MSc (one year), MPhil (one year), MRes (one year) and PhD (three to four years) research degrees. Funding is available from various sources, i.e. EPSRC, University Scholarships, Carnegie Trust, Scottish Overseas Research Student schemes, UK industry and the EU.

Postgraduate students benefit from being part of the Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre which includes a six month course in a variety of mathematical subjects. Students also attend research seminars within the Department, and have opportunities to attend national and international conferences.

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Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde is one of the largest departments of its type in the UK, with around 500 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate students. It has around 100 academic, research, administrative and technical staff. It is by far the largest of its type in Scotland.

It has the highest independently assessed standing in its discipline in Scotland for both teaching and research. The staff complement covers a wide range of expertise and this is reflected in the research profile and in the portfolio of specialist MEng courses.

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The Department is strong in both research and teaching. We have about 300 undergraduate students, while our annual research turnover is about £7M. This makes us one of the bigger physics departments in Scotland, and one of the biggest research departments at Strathclyde. This is rather appropriate, since John Anderson, founder of the institute that became Strathclyde, was a physicist. He was also a champion of "useful learning", and our present-day department follows that tradition in offering a number of applications- and career-oriented degrees. Our research, similarly, deals mainly with “useful physics” of photons, electrons, atoms, molecules and their composites. It yields insights into fundamental physical phenomena while also seeding interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial activity. Its fruits include successful spin-out companies as well as collaborative research units and institutes.

The Department is a member of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA). This is one of the largest academic research organisations in Europe. A major component of this is the SUPA Graduate School, dedicated to enhancing the training of postgraduate physics training. All postgraduate students are automatically members of this body.

Research students are vital to the Department. We have over 100 PhD students and are looking to increase that number. Students undergo a structured training programme involving SUPA and the Strathclyde Doctoral School which develops advanced technical skills and transferrable skills.

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The Institute of Photonics is a commercially oriented research unit, established in 1995, as part of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. The Institute's key objective is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial application and development in the area of photonics, through excellence in commercially relevant research and its exploitation. Our research agenda is influenced both by latest developments in academic research and by industry requirements. We are equally at home working with industrial or academic partners. The research environment at the Institute mixes the purely academic with the real world requirements of industry. Our research teams combine to create a unique blend of semiconductor, laser and applications experts.
Underpinning our approach is our belief that successful and effective technology transfer, in its broadest sense, is best supported by providing an environment, facilities and expertise where these wide ranging activities, from strategic research to supporting spin-out companies, can flourish. Activities undertaken are necessarily varied, but have a common theme in that they all sit somewhere in the continuum between pure academic research and full commercial application or exploitation of research.
Our research interests span a broad range of photonic source development - semiconductor materials & devices, all-solid-state lasers - and applications - in biophotonics, in optical communications, in imaging, in materials processing, and a host of other areas.

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Here in the School of Government & Public Policy, we combine internationally acclaimed academic research and applied policy research with excellence in teaching. Our courses give our students the opportunity to develop their skills and critical capacities, and prepare them for a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors. Our academics are recognised for research involving international comparisons of political systems, public policies and citizens’ behaviour, as well as the study of international relations. We also engage with many external partners, including government and non-government organisations, to make sure our research improves policymaking, and makes a difference to our society.

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