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Automotive Engineering PhD Research Projects for Non-European Students

We have 22 Automotive Engineering PhD Research Projects for Non-European Students

A PhD in Automotive Engineering gives you the opportunity to research new and exciting technologies in the automotive industry. You could be working on robotics, service robotics, big data and artificial intelligence or the design of intelligent vehicles and much more.

What's it like to study a PhD in Automotive Engineering?

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll work towards completing a thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Automotive Engineering. You'll likely be asked to visit the department regularly to meet with your supervisor during your training module.

Possible research areas include:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Advanced propulsion systems
  • Collision and damage tolerance
  • Robust design optimization
  • Connected vehicles

As well as submitting your thesis, you will also have to attend oral defences to defend your work. You may also be invited to give a research seminar to the wider public.

To be awarded your PhD, you will need to show that you can produce work of an excellent standard and that you meet the academic requirements of the university. Your final submission will be about 50,000 words long (although this differs between universities).

PhD in Automotive Engineering entry requirements

The main entry requirement for a PhD in Automotive Engineering is that you must already have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. If your degree is not directly relevant to your research area, you may need to also complete a pre-entry qualification.

PhD in Automotive Engineering funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Automotive Engineering are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). They offer fully-funded studentships, meaning your tuition fee will be covered, along with a living cost stipend.

If you’re self-funding, it may be possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the cost of studying and other possible sources of funding include university scholarships, charities or trusts.

PhD in Automotive Engineering careers

The skills you'll gain during a PhD in Automotive Engineering will prepare you for a career in many areas of the automotive industry. Depending on the type of research you've done, you could work as an automotive engineer, a research engineer or in any other role where your skills are needed in the automotive field.

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Modelling and performance evaluation of an electromagnetic self-reversing screw-based regenerative shock absorber

Supervisory Team.   Mohamed M. Torbati, Tim Waters. Project description. Only a small fraction of the available vehicles’ fuel energy is used for driving the car itself and the rest is lost to engine and driveline inefficiencies or used to power accessories. Read more

Thermo-electric materials for tab cooling of advanced batteries

Supervisory Team.   Prof Richard Wills, Dr Iris Nandhakumar. Project description. Effective thermal management of lithium-based battery systems is important for optimising cell efficiency, reducing cell degradation and preventing catastrophic failure. Read more

Evolving Engineering Designs

The power of natural evolution is all around us in the major branches of life that fill our world, underpinned by a genetic code that describes all creatures from bacteria to bananas to baboons. Read more

Heat and mass transfer in stationary and mobile liquid hydrogen storage tanks

  Research Group: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Liquid hydrogen (LH2) is the main energy carrier for future propulsion of long-haul flights and trans-ocean shipping of passenger and goods in future due to scarcity of fossil fuels such as gas and oil. Read more

SELF-RE-PREG: Self-Sensing Interleaving for Recycled Prepreg

This PhD will be partly funded by an Italian Ministry of University project aiming at developing a composite laminate material made from scrapped pre-pre, with a piezoelectric nano sensor embedded to provide information on mechanical properties, and health monitoring. Read more

A multi-spectral single photon sensor for enhanced 3D vision

Autonomous systems such as self-driving cars are increasingly relying on LIDAR systems for robust environmental perception, with single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) sensors, which detect and time individual photons of light, being one of the key underlying technologies. Read more

Adaptive sensor fusion for optimised 3D sensing

Single-photon avalanche diodes (SPAD) enable the detection and timing of individual photons of light and have become a key technology in applications such as automotive LIDAR and biomedical imaging. Read more

Electrochemo-mechanics modeling and characterization

We are actively recruiting FULLY-FUNDED 2-3 Ph.D. students for electrochemo-mechanics modeling of lithium-ion batteries. The length scale spans from atomic, molecular, and continuum levels (covering energy materials, electrode, cell, module, pack and electric vehicles). Read more

Distributed active reinforcement learning for multi-agent planning and control

With the rapid development of network-connected systems, coordination and cooperation among the subsystems/agents have become increasingly important and powerful in many control and robotics applications. Read more

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