The School of Engineering offers postgraduate research degrees at PhD level in all of our major research areas. You are encouraged to view our research group expertise for details of our research areas and opportunities to develop research in a chosen subject.
Our research groups cover four areas of expertise:
Nanomaterials and electronics
Our research in this area includes:
- strained Si technology for high-speed low-power integrated circuits
- SiC for high-temperature, high-power electronics
- reliability of interconnects
- high-k dielectrics and developing novel electrical characterisation
- ferroelectric materials for tunable capacitance and integration with silicon technology
- biomedical devices
- sensors and electronics for hostile environments
- Si-based photovoltaics
- nm scale material characterisation
- diffusion in semiconductors
- Atomic Layer Deposition
- device fabrication
- technology CAD
- molecular electronics
- integrative systems and applications
- first-principles simulation of defects in semiconductors
- theoretical modelling of the properties of materials
The group has many international collaborative research programmes and has been successful in placing PhD students at other world-leading research laboratories for periods of three to nine months, including IMEC and SEMATECH.
Microelectronic system design
Our research in this area includes:
- asynchronous systems design and test
- design automation, synthesis and verification
- concurrent systems modelling and implementation
- metastability modelling and characterisation
- on-chip synchronisation
- dynamical systems methods in IC design
- wireless sensor design
- secure IC design
- logarithmic scale computing
- self-timed FPGAs
- variability analysis and variation-tolerant IC design
- power scavenging and power elastic computing
- fault tolerant systems
- design for testability and testing
- biomedical interface electronics
- optical-electronic interface
- 3D stacked IC design
The group has international leadership in asynchronous systems design and a successful track record of research collaboration with industry. This includes multinational microelectronics giants, EDA start-ups, and world leading laboratories such as IMEC, where the group's students have three to nine month placements. All students have access to Europractice CAD tool training and chip fabrication facilities.
Power electronics, drives and machines
The group's activity is principally directed in the renewable energy, aerospace, automotive and consumer product sectors. All aspects of power electronics and drive systems are covered including:
- stand-alone and grid-connected converters for renewable generation
- fault-tolerant machines and drives
- ultra high-speed machines/low cost drives
- exploitation of insulated, compacted iron-powder for novel and improved performance machines
- novel power converter topologies and thermal management
- novel energy storage systems
- sensors and drive controllers for safety-critical applications
- power semiconductors
- drive configurations
- advanced nonlinear modelling, control and optimisation strategies and applications
The group is recognised as one of the leading European research groups in this sector, working in areas from 'blue sky' research to product applications. Projects may involve one or more of the following themes: electrical machines, power electronics or control engineering.
Major research themes in the group fall into the following areas:
- Communications and networks
- Signal processing and applications
- Sensor systems and applications
- Biometrics and biomedical engineering
The group has an excellent track record for attracting overseas researchers and international visitors, with rich national and international collaborative research programmes. We are active in world-class multidisciplinary research, balancing technology-driven and application-driven research.
Both the School of Engineering and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) run induction programmes for new postgraduates during the first few weeks of the academic year. The School induction programme takes place during Induction Week commencing with a general introductory talk, a tour of the School and a postgraduate reception. This event is open to all postgraduates and your supervisors and is intended to be an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff.
Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (ARC)
The postgraduate research conference is an annual event run by the School. It aims to:
- allow all postgraduates to become familiar with research projects in the School
- give all postgraduates experience of giving technical presentations
- produce a regular summary of the postgraduate research carried out in the School
- give experience of writing paper and poster presentations in a typical conference and journal format
The conference forms part of progression through the programme and training credits will be given. All postgraduate researchers must give a presentation or a poster. The presentation is assessed and confidential feedback given, covering both presentation skills and technical content.
You submit a technical paper to an international conference in the second year of your studies. Where possible, you will attend the conference and present the paper. Your supervisors will give guidance on appropriate conferences and on paper preparation.
You are encouraged to submit one or more journal papers before the end of your studies. The most highly regarded journals are managed by professional institutions such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Institute of Physics (IOP). These journals should form your main targets. Further details of the journal publications most suited to your area of research are available from your supervisors.
All four research groups carry out pioneering fundamental and applied research using specialist equipment housed in a purpose-built research laboratory. We regularly invest in updating our equipment in order to maintain a world-class facility.
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Training & Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.
Researcher Development Programme
Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.
Our programme will help you to:
- complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
- use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
- identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
- gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
IAPETUS Natural Environment Research Council Doctoral Training
IAPETUS is a partnership that joins the leading research universities of Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling together with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in a united approach to doctoral research and training the next generation of leaders in the science of the natural environment.
IAPETUS is a multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), offering PhD students a world-class environment in which to study. This includes:
- fully-funded PhD studentships
- supervision and support from academics and researchers who are world-leaders in their field
- tailored training and development programmes
- placements and internship opportunities
- high-quality laboratories, facilities and resources
IAPETUS doctoral research projects available to study at Newcastle.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £21,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in:
- electrical or electronic engineering
- computer engineering
- a related subject such as mechanical engineering or physics
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
Before you apply you need to find a research supervisor from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School. You should contact the School to begin discussions about your proposed research at the earliest opportunity.
There are usually three possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.