Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering PhD/MSc by Research

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering PhD/MSc by Research:

You can choose from a broad range of research specialisms offered by the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.

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“The investigation that I’m conducting for my PhD at the University of Birmingham is related to compact multi-function devices at microwave frequencies. The University and my professor have close collaborations with the European Space Agency and my research topic has one of its applications in the space industry. ”

Why study this course

Our research and teaching stretches from materials, devices and systems - with close links with physics - through the generation and distribution of electrical energy, the railwaynetwork, communications and applied computing, to activities in serious games and human interaction technologies, which border on applied psychology. 

With 30 academic staff andnearly 40 support staff, it's likely that we will be active inwhichever aspect of Electrical and Computer Engineeringis of interest to you. Our turnover on research is around £3million per year, which comes from a variety of sources includingUK government and industry as well as the EU. We are keen to welcome new students who have ability, enthusiasm and commitment.

Over 25 years, the Institution of Engineering and Technology(IET) has recognised our taught programmes as the first stepstowards professional chartered engineer status, and accreditationof our courses was confirmed by the IET in 2008.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 85% of our research was judgedto be of international standing while 60% was internationally leading. Our aim is to maintain and improve on this high qualityin all aspects of our work.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees 2018/19 academic year:

  • £4,270 UK/EU students, full-time
  • £2,135 UK/EU students, part-time
  • £20,280 International students, full-time

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Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, an appropriate standard of English and adequate financial support. The requirements also allow for entry based on comparable ability, as indicated by a good UK MSc performance or a lower first degree performance plus substantial relevant experience.  Learn more about entry requirements

How to apply

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The School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering (EESE) at the University of Birmingham employs some 30 full-time academic staff and approximately 60 research assistants, and has a population of around 100 Doctoral Researchers. EESE has an annual income of around £3 million. Research is supported through grants from the European Union, UK Research Councils, the Ministry of Defence, and UK Industry.

Laboratory resesarcher

EESE has a long-standing international reputation in research related to Microwave Engineering and Radar Systems and to Electrical Power and Control, particularly in Rail Systems. Over the past decade, it has been investing in, and growing, research in areas related to Computer Systems Engineering.

Research themes

Electrical Power and Control Systems

The University of Birmingham is situated in the second largest city – Birmingham, which is considered to be the ‘energy valley’ in the UK as well as in Europe. Energy research is one of the priority research areas of the university. The 3rd energy industry revolution is taking place where the key is the development of electrical power systems in the context of smart grids.  Advances in electrical power systems are playing a pivotal role in the development of a sustainable energy supply, enabling efficient integration of renewable energy generation into smart grids.

Emerging Device Technology

The Emerging Device Technology (EDT) Research Group is composed of researchers whose interests are based around the theme of materials and devices in general. There is a solid research base with its staff having many years experience in superconducting, insulating and semiconducting materials. The research includes the basic science of materials, characterisation and the production of materials for specific applications. The demonstration of applications in collaboration with end users forms a significant part of the groups work. The scope of this potentially wide area of research is determined by our choice of materials to be investigated, which is governed by the extensive knowledge in the group for the requirements of modern technology. 

Interactive Systems Engineering

Our work begins with human activity and we engineer solutions to recognise, respond to or support this activity. To do this we develop fundamental understanding of how human activity is performed, how it can be modelled and how it can be enhanced. This involves research ranging from the study of human activity in real world settings to data mining, machine learning, and digital signal processing. Much of our work focuses on specific application domains, such as healthcare and rehabilitation, education and heritage, defence and security. 

Railway Systems Engineering

Research and knowledge transfer is cruicial to improve the speed, safety, resilience, sustainability, operations and management of railways across the system. We seek to translate our findings to tangible improvements and impacts on railways. Our integrated research and consultancy approach provides solutions to grand system-wide challenges as well as at component level and sub-system level.

Space Environment and Radio Engineering

Mitigation of the effects of the space environment on radio systems presents a wide range of challenges. These require research into the specification and forecasting of the ionosphere, the radio propagation impact, radio instrumentation, assimilative mathematics, and advanced computing techniques. The applications are as diverse as HF radar and corrections in low frequency astronomy exploring the origins of the universe.

Wireless Communications and Remote Sensing

Wireless Communications and Remote Sensing underpin most aspects of the modern electronic technologies that are instrumental in shaping the world. The School of EESE is home to one of the UK's largest and most active research groups in this area.

Related research

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About ten per cent of our higher degree students work externally, employed full-time. We have particularly strong links with BT, the Defence Research Agency, London Underground Ltd and Kodak Ltd. Our research is funded roughly 50:50 by the EPSRC and industry/EU.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.