Join us for your PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. You're encouraged to view our research group expertise for details of our research areas and opportunities. This will help you to develop research in a chosen subject.
Our research groups cover four areas of expertise:
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. We have been successful in placing PhD students at other world-leading research laboratories. Including IMEC and SEMATECH for periods of three to nine months.
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. We have a successful track record of research collaboration with industry. Including:
- multinational microelectronics giants
- EDA start-ups
- world-leading laboratories such as IMEC
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
- 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. We have rich national and international collaborative research programmes. We're active in world-class multidisciplinary research, balancing technology-driven and application-driven research.
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How you'll learn
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. They take place during your induction week and include:
- a general introductory talk
- a tour of the School
- a postgraduate reception
This event is open to all postgraduates and your supervisors. It is intended to be an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Our mission is to help you:
- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
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 your progression through the programme, you'll be given training credits. 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'll attend the conference and present the paper. Your supervisors will give guidance on appropriate conferences and on paper preparation.
You're 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)
- 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.
Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) researcher development programme
Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:
- perform better as a researcher
- boost your career prospects
- broaden your impact
Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.
- techniques for effective research
- methods for better collaborative working
- essential professional standards and requirements
Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.
Doctoral training and partnerships
There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:
- Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:
- they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
- you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
- they’re often interdisciplinary
- your PhD will normally be funded
If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.
The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
All four research groups carry out pioneering fundamental and applied research. We use specialist equipment housed in a purpose-built research laboratory. We regularly invest in updating our equipment in order to maintain a world-class facility.
The School of History, Classics and Archaeology has high-quality facilities.
These include museums and archives such as:
- the Great North Museum: Hancock
- The Gertrude Bell Archive
Computing facilities with access to relevant databases. You can also access outstanding library facilities, on campus and around the city.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Applications for 2022/23
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