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Marine Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK) in the UK

We have 45 Marine Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK) in the UK

A PhD in Marine Engineering is an opportunity to conduct independent research into the engineering challenges of the maritime environment. You'll be looking at improving and optimising the way our coasts, waterways and oceans are utilised in order to improve the lives of millions of people.

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

As a PhD student in Marine Engineering, you'll work with an expert supervisor and a team of fellow researchers, who will help guide your research. Your study will likely incorporate elements of other subjects such as oceanography, environmental science and civil engineering.

Possible research areas include:

  • Offshore energy
  • Marine environmental engineering
  • Contaminated water treatment
  • Marine structures and engineering
  • Underwater robotics
  • Marine geoscience

You'll likely divide your time between lab-based analysis and the writing up of your thesis. You may also have the opportunity to connect with the wider academic community through attending conferences and publishing papers.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Marine Engineering

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Marine Engineering is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, though a Masters may sometimes be required.

PhD in Marine Engineering funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Marine Engineering in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Some projects have funding attached, meaning you'll automatically be awarded funding if you are accepted onto the programme.

Some projects also have funding available to self-funded students. You may be able to self-fund 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 Marine Engineering careers

A PhD in Marine Engineering will provide you with the skills to enter a number of careers in areas such as maritime technology, naval architecture and ocean engineering. You may decide to continue your research career, working for a university or research centre.

You may also work for maritime industries, such as shipping and oil and gas, or in areas such as water and waste management, coastal planning and disaster management.

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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

Modelling the Role of Hard Particles in Hard Facing Alloys

Supervisory Team.   Robert Wood, Georges Limbert and Dave Stewart (RRSL). Project description. Hard facing alloys, such as those used in nuclear power plant, are composite materials comprising carbides (and other hard phases), in galling resistant metallic matrices. Read more

Hydrodynamics of wave powered ships

Supervisory Team.   Dr N.C. Townsend, Prof D.A. Hudson and Dr J.A. Bowker (industrial). Project description. Wave energy can be used to improve the performance of ships and boats. Read more

Data centric modelling of adhesive wear

Supervisory Team.   Robert Wood, Jo Grundy and Dave Stewart (RRSL).  Project description. The occurrence of adhesive wear between sliding surfaces can cause high friction, vibration, material transfer between surfaces and even seizure of components. Read more

Light-weight High Performance Concrete for Floating Structures (FAC23/EE/MCE/BRABHA)

This is an exciting project, addressing the complex challenges posed by climate change and the need for sustainable infrastructure, developing light-weight high performance concrete (LWHPC) for modular floating structure through laboratory testing and lots of modelling. Read more

Bio-Inspired Models and Biologically Plausible Mechanisms for Long-Term Motion Learning

Biological systems can learn from interactions with their environment throughout their lifetime. Learning is a defining ability of biological systems, whereby experience leads to behavioral adaptations that improve performance. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Sensing extreme coastal waves

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. Ocean waves are the fundamental drivers of most coastal processes, from mixing to sediment transport and coastal erosion. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Offshore Engineering Geomorphology for Energy Transition

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. The energy transition is upon us as society aims to reduce emissions by transitioning into clean, renewable and carbon neutral energy sources. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Developing an Innovative System for Sustainable Resilience to Coastal Erosion: A Demonstration Project for Coastal Golf Courses

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. All coastlines are subject to dynamic change through wave and wind action resulting in significant loss or gain of land through erosion and/or accretion. Read more


Applications are invited for three Ph.D. studentships at the Brahmal Institute, a collaborative research centre at Imperial College enabling blue-sky thinking to address adverse environmental impacts of aviation. Read more

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