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PhD Studentship in Engineering - Advanced Electric Drives

   School of Engineering

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  Dr Xu Deng  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project


In order to support the UK’s target of achieving net-zero emissions, more advanced electric drives are needed and will play an irreplaceable and important role in the electric revolution. The future electric drives will be smarter, more power dense, and more efficient, offering greater performance and functionality, along with increased reliability. This involves the use of faster switching, wide bandgap devices and greater integration. This aims of this PhD lie in the development of wide bandgap device based integrated motor drives, advanced control techniques of drives, and reducing passive components in electric drives.

You will be joining Electrical Power Group in Newcastle, which is one of the UK’s largest academic research groups in the field and is involved in activities from Nano Watts to Giga Watts. Through our state-of-the-art research laboratory facilities, our activities are highly cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary. We conduct innovative research of international quality in the area of power electronics systems, and specialise in the design and implementation of hardware and control algorithms for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives applications. The Power Group is expanding and has ambitious plans. Our technology is central to future energy and transport and is essential if the world is to meet its zero carbon targets. We work very closely with industry across many sectors and are seeking ambitious, innovative individuals to join our team. You can find out more about our group and our research here.

Number Of Awards


Start Date

September 2022

Award Duration

3 years


Newcastle University/ NUAcT Fellowship


Dr Xu Deng, NUAcT Fellow in Electrical Power, Electrical Power Research Group, School of Engineering, Newcastle University.

Professor Barrie Mecrow, FREng, Professor of Electrical Power, Electrical Power Research Group, School of Engineering, Newcastle University.

Eligibility Criteria

You should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Bachelor Honours degree, or international equivalent, in Electrical Engineering or closely related discipline. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

The award is available to applicants with a Home fee status only. 

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create an account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to: 

  • Insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
  • Select ‘PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) - Electrical & Electronic Engineering’ as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code ENG087 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG087 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Funding Notes

100% of Home tuition fees plus annual living allowance of £15,609.
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