Electronic engineering postgraduate research degrees

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Postgraduate research in electronic engineering

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Electronic Engineering

If you're ready to take your expertise in Electronic Engineering into a postgraduate research degree, then Portsmouth is the perfect place to fulfil your ambitions.

Our Electronic Engineering research brings together researchers with expertise in electrical power systems, renewable energy, control systems, robotics, intelligent systems and signal processing. When you join us as a postgraduate research degree student, you'll play your part in helping us find new ways of improving the efficiency, sustainability, security and reliability of our power grid.

Our work is already making an impact – from improving the safety of nuclear power plants in India, to pioneering the adoption of clean solar energy in the 2 seas region of northern Europe, to developing an energy autonomous community on the Isle of Wight.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Electronic Engineering below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Electronic Engineering PhDs and MPhils

Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Electronic Engineering, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD and MPhil projects

Fully-funded

There are currently no funded PhD projects available in this area – for more information on funding your own research project, visit our pages on funding your research degree.

Submit your own idea

If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours by searching our Find a PhD Supervisor page. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea.

PhD by Publication

A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.

Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.

For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.

Duration, fees and funding

How long will my research degree take?

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

How much will my research degree cost?

PhD and MPhil

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £16,400 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £8,200 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,407 p/a*
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,680 p/a*

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.

For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

As a postgraduate researcher with us, you can use equipment for real-time control, including hardware-in-the loop (HIL) simulator, generators and electric motors, digital signal processing equipment, industrial robot arms, robotic hands and prosthesis, as well as autonomous aerial vehicles.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Apply

Apply for a research degree in Electronic Engineering by completing our online form. 

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Current research

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