MPhil/PhD (Electronic Engineering)

The University offers Electronic Engineering research degrees at both Doctoral and Masters level and you may choose to study either full- or part-time. 

Your postgraduate research project will be supervised by a team of experienced academic staff with relevant expertise in your research area.


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A PhD is an advanced supervised piece of individual research. There are no lectures, no modules and no coursework. You will be assessed by your original contribution to knowledge through the submission of a thesis and defence at viva.

Most full-time PhD programmes last for three to four years. Students are expected to submit a thesis within 12 months of the end of the programme (and preferably within the three year period).

Electrical engineering academics have an reputable track record in research, development, spin-offs, patents and innovations for the digital economy and life science fields.

Our research projects cover radiowave propagation, radio system planning and wireless channel characterisation for applications in future generation fixed and mobile communication networks.

You can find more about our electrical engineering research here.



For the MPhil, you will submit and defend via oral examination, a thesis of up to 60,000 words demonstrating critical investigation and analysis of a topic. You will also demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methods and their application to your chosen field.

Where the submission involves your own creative works or a scholarly edition of the creative works of others the thesis word count will be reduced to no more than 25,000 words.


You will normally initially register for an MPhil/PhD and apply to transfer from MPhil to PhD at the end of your first year. At the end of your programme, you will submit for examination and defend a thesis (no more than 100,000 words) on your approved topic which must demonstrate an original contribution to knowledge.



Our electrical and electronics labs have industry-standard tools and software. Staff are committed to exploring new ideas to improve existing systems, such as medical equipment, and mobile and satellite communications.

The optoelectronics and RF facilities are composed of two optoelectronics laboratories and two RF equipped with £1million worth of experimental equipments and modelling facilities.


Applicants will normally hold one of the following:

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent)
  • A UK Masters qualification in a relevant subject (or equivalent)
  • Appropriate, relevant qualifications/experience regarded by the University as equivalent

For direct registration for the award of PhD (without the need to 'transfer'), applicants will additionally hold one of the following:

  • A relevant UK Masters degree (or equivalent) with a significant research component in the same discipline area as the proposed research which included training in research and execution of a research project
  • Significant research and / or professional experience which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment

International students will also require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, including a minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

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  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

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August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

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  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

The first step is to register with our online service and apply directly.

The following documents must be uploaded as supporting documents:

  • A single research proposal of approximately 2,000 words is required unless you are applying for a funded studentship which has a specified project.  (Only one research proposal is permitted.)
  • Two references on headed paper. At least one referee should be able to comment on your academic/professional ability. References provided by relatives are not acceptable.
  • Applications that do not include references and / or a research proposal will be rejected as will applications that include multiple research proposals.
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the first language are required to provide evidence of the required English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS or TOEFL certificates which must be uploaded as supporting documents.
  • Evidence of qualifications e.g. degree certificates and transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
  • If you are applying for a PhD direct and you hold a relevant Masters degree you should submit a research proposal of the title and content e.g. an abstract of your Masters degree and one of your referees should be an independent academic referee who can comment on your performance on the Masters degree.

Please ensure you apply in time for your chosen entry month:

  • October admissions:  Closing date for applications — 1st May, notification of decision — 1st July.
  • January admissions: Closing date for applications — 1st October, notification of decision — 1st December.
  • April admissions: Closing date for applications — 1st January, notification of decision — 1st March.

You will also have an interview. The interview is a key part of your PhD application, and your chance to meet your prospective PhD supervisors, discuss your research proposal and show what you can bring to the team.

You can find more information on our Graduate School website.

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