MPhil and PhD Opportunities

Engineering

Postgraduate Research in Engineering.

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Research overview

The Department of Engineering conducts research in response to practical demands in defence, healthcare, manufacturing, marine and service industries, which is supported by grants from the EPSRC, the MRC, the Royal Society, EU, MOD, industry and UK charities. Our ever-evolving range of specialist areas leads research students to successful professional engineering and technological careers.

Our students come from all over the UK and many other parts of the world. They are conducting research on a range of subjects including electronics, computer engineering, control and automation, telecommunications, data communications, computer networks and internet technology. Research in the field of Engineering can also be linked to: Computer Science, and Civil Engineering and Surveying. 

Research centres and groups

Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (MBM)

Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (MBM) is our primary research centre. It has an international reputation for applied research into fatigue and fracture of engineering materials and components. It is also a leading centre for applied research into biomechanics and biomaterials in musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and biological systems.

Mechanical Engineering

In Mechanical Engineering we have six research groups: Aerospace Materials; Biomechanical Engineering; Design Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Advanced Polymers and Composites; Thermo-Fluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering.

Intelligent and Networked Systems

There are four research groups in Intelligent and Networked Systems : Engineering Education; Intelligent and Autonomous Systems; Systems Engineering; Telecommunications and Networked Systems.

Thermo-Fluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering research group

The Thermo-Fluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering research group includes: Computational Fluid Mechanics, Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer, Thermal and Renewable Energy Systems, and Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Flow Assurance.

Self-funded PhD opportunities

Key Facts

Duration

MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time

Entry

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.  

MPhil/PhD Fees*

MPhil full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
MPhil part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD full time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan

2016/17

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,121 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,590 p/a
International full-time students: £13,700 p/a
International part-time students: £6,850 p/a

2017/18

Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,590 p/a
International full-time students: £14,400 p/a
International part-time students: £7,200 p/a

By Publication Fees*

Members of staff: £1,490 p/a
External candidates: £4,195 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase.

View tuition fee terms and conditions

Contact

tech-enquiries@port.ac.uk

Department
School of Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

Research areas include:

  • Aerospace materials
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Polymers
  • Composities
  • Mechanical behaviour of materials

Intelligent and Networked Systems

Research areas include:

  • Engineering education research
  • Intelligent and context-aware systems
  • Systems engineering
  • Telecommunication and networked systems
  • Control, robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Embedded and distributed systems
  • Mobile and fixed terrestrial, and satellite communications

Thermofluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering

Research areas include:

  • Computational fluid mechanics
  • Multiphase flow and heat transfer
  • Enhanced oil and gas recovery
  • Flow assurance
  • Thermal and renewable energy systems

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Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Resources

Our students have access to experimental and computational facilities, as well as expert technical support staff. We have invested heavily in our facilities so that you can put the knowledge you gain into practice.

Computer suites and associated software are regularly upgraded to reflect current industrial practice and course requirements, and our laboratories are staffed by experts in the respective fields.

Graduate School

From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

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Career Planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Employability

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

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How to apply

Step 1 - Contact us

Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.

Step 2 - Apply online

We recommend that you first get in touch before applying. Then, once you’re ready to apply, you can use our online application form. You will also need to provide a personal statement, supporting documents and your research proposal.

Apply online

For more details and advice about the application process visit research degree applications

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