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Electrical and Electronic Engineering
We welcome applications to study for a research degree. The School provides an exciting, high quality research environment with state-of-the-art facilities, world-class staff, and a supportive structure for research students. Central to this is the work of the academic staff, all of whom are internationally recognised scholars in their respective fields of activity.
Our postgraduate students are in great demand from employers, particularly as many areas of research undertaken in the School are directly connected with industry. Most of our UK/EU students are funded by research councils, charities or industry.
Research degrees are usually undertaken by students who have developed a strong interest in a certain area of their studies and who wish to enhance their graduate qualifications and experience toward a professional research level.
PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering The School offers a three year full time PhD degree and a New Route PhD degree. Most programmes are undertaken within one of the five research groups within the School.
The links below will provide you with a brief overview of each group, and provide you further links to each groups own set of web pages. There are opportunities for researchers who are privately funded and wish to pursue research outside of these main themes.
MRes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Duration: 1 year full-time
This MRes degree is offered for those postgraduates who wish to combine a structured teaching element with a specialist research project in any subject in electrical and electronic engineering. The programme, starting in October, comprises 180 credits of level IV modules. This consists of: a research project (120 credits) working in one of the internationally renowned research groups in the School; a 40-credit technical taught content related to the chosen area of research; and a 20-credit non-technical taught element designed to enhance personal and professional skills covering IT, presentation and communication, research management, and science and technology business skills.
MRes in Electromagnetics in the Analysis and Design of Communication and High-Speed Systems Duration: 1 year full-time
This MRes course is aimed at those who need to obtain an understanding and working knowledge of principles and applications of a variety of computational and experimental techniques for the analysis, design and optimisation of modern communications and high-speed devices and systems. A total of 180 credits are accumulated from: 30-credit compulsory module `Research Techniques in Advanced Electromagnetics`, 130-credit project-based work and 20-credit non-technical taught element designed to enhance personal and professional skills covering IT, presentation and communication, research management, and business skills. This course is also available at the National Institute of Telecommunications (Warsaw, Poland).
Applied Optics within the Applied Optics Group provides research in the science and technology of ultrasound techniques for the solution of industrial problems concerning the non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of safety critical structures and in the monitoring of chemical processes. Its principal activity is the study of ultrasonic wave propagation in complex materials and, where appropriate, also in the structures formed of them. Over many years its research programmes have established ultrasonic spectrometry as a key analytical tool with many applications.
An early concern was the way in which thermosetting polymers, such as epoxies, changed from a viscous liquid to a strong glassy solid during the curing reaction - ultrasound could be used to track and understand the dynamics of this process, and studies in this area led to NDE tools which have been used to guarantee the integrity of structural adhesive bonds in motor car body shells. This led to the formation of a highly successful spin-off company and the application of our new techniques in several mass motor car manufacturing companies, as well as to the analysis on interfacial sealing layers in advanced passenger aircraft structures.
Electromagnetics Research (George Green Institute for) offers research opportunities three research areas: High-Power Optoelectronics, Photonic Communications Technologies and RF Devices, Circuits and Materials.
High-Power Optoelectronics focuses on high-power and high-brightness laser diodes, simulation and design, characterisation and degradation physics. Developments in this area include: a high-current (50A) non-destructive probe for CW testing of unmounted laser bars and a flexible, state-of-the-art facility for characterising optoelectronic materials and devices; a "by-emitter" degradation analysis method allowing identification of a packaging-induced strain threshold for emitter degradation; and a quasi-3D optical-electronic- thermal coupled models, including a multi-wavelength "spectral" model for the predictive design and simulation of high-brightness laser diodes.
In Photonic Communications Technologies, the focus is on studying materials and devices that will have a major impact on future communications infrastructure. Research includes low-cost InGaAsN lasers for access networks, semiconductor optical amplifiers for application in photonic integrated circuits, optical regeneration technologies and optical performance monitoring techniques. Other activities include the non-linear effects of real components in optical network/system contexts including the transmission of rf signals over optical communication channels.
RF Devices, Circuits and Materials provides opportunities for research in optical and electrical assessment of MBE grown GaN and related materials and devices (including dilute nitrides). Research areas also cover the interaction of microwaves and materials, and the design of microwave integrated circuits for material assessment applications.
Power Electronics, Machines and Control