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Fully-Funded Doctoral Scholarships in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

Fully-Funded Doctoral Scholarships in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

The University of Southampton is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, and in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) Southampton was ranked the most powerful University for General Engineering research in the UK.

The School of Engineering is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK. In collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and our industrial partners are offering a range of fully-funded doctoral studentships.

Joining the School of Engineering as a PhD student means working on awe-inspiring research projects, learning from world class academics and developing cutting edge science and technology.

If you have an upper second class or first class degree in Engineering, Physical Sciences or Mathematics you are eligible for our PhD programme. Within the four years of the programme you will become an expert in your field by carrying out original research, publishing papers and presenting your results to the academic community. But it’s not just about gaining your PhD, we want you to invest in your research career. Our programme ensures you benefit from both technical and personal training as well as professional development through placements in industry, mentoring, conference attendance. Our scope extends well beyond the boundaries of the University with a comprehensive outreach and engagement programme so your research can reach the wider community.

Change the world for the better. As a PhD student you will be the expert but you will not be working alone. Each student has a team of academic supervisors who are on hand to guide the research and provide advice and support. Many of our PhD projects have strong links with industry ensuring your research is current and relevant with a real world impact. Furthermore you will join a thriving postgraduate community at the University. With over five hundred PhD students in the School of Engineering there is no shortage of new friends to make, clubs to join and experience to be had.

All the PhD projects listed below are competition funded with start date of 23 September 2019. New projects will be added up to July 2019.

Advanced ultra-short pulse two-micron fibre lasersDetails
Aerodynamics of Turbulent Flow over Rough, Porous and Compliant SurfacesDetails
Aircraft Engine Noise: Prediction and Measurement of Acoustic ScatteringDetails
Applications of Advanced Imaging and Simulation Methods in Failure Analysis of Composite MaterialsDetails
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Efficient Collaborative DesignDetails
Automated Verification and Synthesis through CoalgebrasDetails
Combined effects of electromechanical and thermal stresses on power cables for offshore renewable energyDetails
Computational Catalytic Modelling for the Conversion of CO2 to Higher-Value Synthetic FuelsDetails
Computational Design of Advanced Battery Materials Interfaces via Nano-StructuringDetails
Development of a PMMA- ZrO2 core shell composite for the next generation bone cementDetails
Development of novel fibre laser sources based on multicore fibre technologyDetails
Development of power-scalable and wavelength-flexible fibre lasers in the two-micron wavelength band to serve the needs of emerging applications in medicine and materials processingDetails
DNA conjugated nanoparticles for mRNA directed killing of multiple myeloma cancer cellsDetails
Fiber Integrated 2D-materialsDetails
Fibre laser based mid infrared source developmentDetails
GE Aviation PhD studentship: Opto-avionicsDetails
Geometry Beyond CADDetails
Graphene oxide-nanoparticles DNA sensorsDetails
High Fidelity Simulation of Atmospheric DispersionDetails
High finesse rod resonator circuits for quantum sensingDetails
High-Power Laser Delivery in Hollow Core FibresDetails
Individualized data access agreementsDetails
Inferring and using probable provenanceDetails
Integrating with Renewable Energy Sources: Low Pressure Steam Turbine Last Stage Blade DurabilityDetails
Intelligent Human-Machine Interaction for Engineering DesignDetails
Investigation of techniques for nonlinear frequency conversion of high power fibre lasers to the visible wavelength bandDetails
Laser-engineered silicon photonic devicesDetails
Light confinement in disordered photonic crystals as an alternative platform for quantum photonicsDetails
Machine Learning Tools for X-Ray ImagingDetails
New DIC-Based Material Test Standards: Design and ValidationDetails
New Optical Components and Optical Amplifiers Development for Future High Speed InternetSupervisorDetails
New Optimisation Methods for Scale-Resolving Turbulent Flow SimulationDetails
Next-generation femtosecond fibre-laser CPA sources and their applicationsDetails
On-chip Mid-IR ATR and Raman Spectroscopies for Rapid Bedside Biomarker DiagnosticsDetails
On-chip single-photon sources for quantum information technology applicationsDetails
PhD Studentship: Energy Harvesting from Smart Beams using 3D PrintingDetails
PhD Studentship: Modelling of Cobalt Hard Facing Encapsulation in Sliding Wear ApplicationsDetails
PhD Studentship: Monitoring the Performance of Heavy Machine Components Using Novel Sensing SystemsDetails
PhD Studentship: Reverse-engineering photosynthesis for improved light harvesting by investigating recombination mechanism in single biomolecules on a chipDetails
Planar photonics for ion-based quantum information processingDetails
Private Data Integration and Sharing: Algorithms and PlatformsDetails
Renewable Integration in Power Systems: Challenges in Estimation and ControlDetails
Safeguarding museum objects from shock and vibration during transitDetails
Semiconductor devices for nonlinear photonics and applicationsDetails
Small Power for Big Things: Micro-Thermoelectric Generator powering Internet of ThingsDetails
The investigation of alternative solid propellants in hall effect thrustersDetails
Towards Enhancing the Design Life of Concrete Structures with Stainless Steel ReinforcementDetails
Ultra-precision machining for ion trap quantum computingDetails
Uncertainty Quantification in Aeroelasticity Using Reduced Order ModelsDetails
Up-conversion detectors based on PPLN waveguides (Miniaturising components for imaging in low light)Details
Using Artificial Intelligence to Study Variations in Gas Turbine PerformanceDetails
Vortex and Wake Interactions in Flapping FoilsDetails
Wide-band optical fibre amplifiers for the next generation of internetDetails

Your Scholarship

When you’re studying for a PhD with us you will be producing new science and technology and making a difference to the academic community from day one. That's why we want to make sure you are properly rewarded for the hard work you do.

  • Full fees covered for EU/UK students*
  • Commercially competitive stipends between £14-18k tax free**
  • A training fund for conference attendance and personal/professional development

* Due to eligibility restrictions some studentships are only available for UK nationals or students from EU countries meeting EPSRC eligibility criteria (

**Stipend Levels are based on previous experience and qualifications and are project specific.

What Next?

The next step in becoming a PhD researcher with us is completing a formal application form online here.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate School Office via email at [email protected] or telephone at: 02380 597 387

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