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Electrical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

We have 367 Electrical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

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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Unlock the Power of Waves: PhD Opportunity in Wave Energy Harvesting Technology

Supervisory Team.   Mohamed M. Torbati, Daniil Yurchenko, Nicholas Townsend. Project description. We are seeking a motivated and innovative individual to join our dynamic team in the pursuit of harnessing the vast potential of wave energy. Read more

PhD in Electrical Engineering - Metalenses for thermal imaging

The James Watt School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5-year PhD project “Metalenses for thermal imaging”. Read more

Generative AI for the Next Generation of Manufacturing Automation Systems PhD

The application of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital twin, blockchain, and the internet of things are growing fast, and their integration with complex manufacturing systems enables effective digitalisation and automation transition. Read more

PhD studentship in Quantum Transport through Graphene Nanoribbons

Qualification. Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD). Start date: 1st April 2024. Funding for: 3.5 years, as part of the Horizon Europe EIC Pathfinder open grant ATYPQUAL. Read more

Autonomous multi robot system for fast and long traversal PhD

This is an exciting opportunity for a fully funded PhD studentship in the Centre for Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems at Cranfield University, to develop an autonomous multi-robot system for fast and long traversal in extreme planetary environments. Read more

Low field MRI physics for 1H, 19F and 129Xe MRI

This studentship is part of an EPSRC project working with GE Healthcare on optimising existing lung MRI methods and technology on existing clinical MRI scanners (1.5 T and 3 T) and establishing new methods and technology for low-field (0.5T) MRI scanners. Read more

PhD projects available to develop ultrasonically enhanced recycling of photovoltaics

Applications for PhD studentships based at the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics (C-MIU), and aligned to the EU Horizon funded APOLLO (A Proactive Approach to the Recovery and Recycling of Photovoltaic Modules) project, are invited. Read more

Novel antenna systems for biomedical thermoacoustic imaging

Summary. A PhD studentship is available in the Birmingham Photoacoustic Group. This is an interdisciplinary research group based in the School of Engineering and the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences in the Medical School, and is closely linked with UCL’s Department of Medical Physics. Read more

Wireless connectivity for zero-energy devices leveraging ambient mobile backscatter

This project aims to develop and test new designs of a zero-energy device that can communicate with mobile networks using the ambient backscatter of nearby mobile devices without requiring active RF transmission and only operating with harvested radiofrequency energy. Read more

Lasers for quantum-enabled position, navigation, and timing technologies

Start date. 1 October 2023. Duration. 3.5yrs. Description. National infrastructure systems are dependent upon the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), such that 5 days of outage would cost the UK >£5bn [1]. Read more

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