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Electrical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Newcastle

We have 22 Electrical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Newcastle

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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Integrating Electrical Machines into Wave Energy Converters

Wave energy is a potential source of renewable electricity production. There is a huge national and global potential, yet relatively few devices have been demonstrated at scale, and almost no commercially viable devices have been demonstrated at sea. Read more

Biomedical Neuroprosthetics

This PhD will perform research into cutting-edge implantable biomedical devices for the brain – also known as neuroprosthetics.  Our implants use an… Read more
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PhD in Automotive Power Electronics Reference ENG1581

This PhD project is part of the CDT in Sustainable Electric Propulsion. The successful PhD student will be co-supervised by academics from within the Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) Group at University of Nottingham and work alongside our external partner Infineon Technologies. Read more
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To investigate the design of an efficient, HV power converter architecture, which can be reused with minimal changes, for a range of RF transmitter applications

This PhD project is part of the CDT in Sustainable Electric Propulsion. The successful PhD student will be co-supervised by academics from within the Electrical Power Research Group at Newcastle University and CPI TMD Technologies Division (CPI TMD). The student will form part of Cohort 5 and commence in 2023. Read more

Intensified thermal management of electronic devices

Various projects are available in the broad area of thermal management of electronic and electrical devices. Generally in the group we focus on “intensified” cooling solutions, for example. Read more

Unified Control of Hybrid Energy Smart Grids using Graph Theory, Automata and Multi Agent Systems

Renewable energy sources (RES) are a proven tool in reducing harmful green house emissions. The usage of RES as well as energy storage have transformed the energy sector and now new topologies such as smart grids are fast replacing traditional power networks. Read more

Design and Development of a Focusing Radar Antenna for Transport Infrastructure Subsurface Investigation

This project will develop and apply a novel focusing radar antenna to our pioneering rotational ground penetrating radar system which has been used to collect datasets of historic railway tunnel subsurface topography and is currently being used to investigate inland waterway locks.  . Read more

Advanced cooling techniques for photovoltaic systems

The falling cost for photovoltaic (PV) cells and the rising demand to move away from oil and gas will make PVs the dominant global energy source in the future. Read more

Segmented Outer Rotor Synchronous Reluctance Generator with Integrated Electronics for Renewable Generation

To reduce the use of expensive rare-earth magnets in renewable energy generation systems, synchronous reluctance machines are being widely investigated due to their simple and robust rotor structure.  However, this topology has disadvantages with high torque ripples and low power factors, and research into the machine design and the use of low-cost ferrites is ongoing.  . Read more

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