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.
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
Applicants will normally hold one of the following:
For direct registration for the award of PhD (without the need to 'transfer'), applicants will additionally hold one of the following:
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.
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:
Please ensure you apply in time for your chosen entry month:
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.