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Communications Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Newcastle

We have 9 Communications Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Newcastle

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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Design of Non-Binary Error-Correcting Codes for Free-Space Optical Communications

Free-space optical (FSO) communications is an important research area and is now considered to be a competing technology to well-established outdoor RF communication systems. Read more

Artificial Intelligence in Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance

With the continuous and rapid growth of the offshore wind industry, how to efficiently and cost-effectively maintain the key facilities in remote offshore wind farms has become a key factor that directly determines the economic viability of offshore wind farms. Read more

Smart Local Energy Systems to Unlock Net Zero (RENU23-R/EE/MPEE/JIANG)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU)is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. Read more

Error-control coding in DNA sequences

Over the past decade, there has been a lot of interest in studying the information-theoretic aspects of DNA sequences. For instance, the seminal work carried out by the French researcher Gerard Battail has shown that any DNA strand can be viewed as a codeword in the context of error-control coding theory. Read more

Enabling intermittent computing for the Internet of Things (IoT)

The project's vision is that the next generation of IoT systems will be completely autonomous, i.e., self-powered, able to harvest energy and adjust to environmental conditions, i.e., energy-aware, whilst surviving power outages, i.e., forward execution with no data loss. Read more

Low energy passive acoustic detection of marine mammals

There is a clear need for technology to detect the presence of marine mammals, especially dolphins, porpoises and whales in order to support marine ecology studies and to mitigate the impact of offshore construction work. Read more
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