Ph.D. On Campus

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

36 months
19630 EUR/year
19630 EUR/year
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The Engineering and Physical Sciences programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai will enable students to work with staff and students in Dubai in collaboration with a research group in Edinburgh performing high value and fundamental research in engineering.


The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences places a very high value on enabling people to obtain a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree by research and is pleased to be able to extend this facility to students on the Dubai Campus.

Initially, those with an interest in undertaking a project in the broad area of energy are encouraged to apply. This may include renewable energy, energy utilisation and energy conservation as well as improved materials for energy production and conversion (for example, the development of nanocomposite carbide coatings).


Students of the Engineering and Physical Sciences programme from Heriot-Watt University Dubai will be working under the supervision of an expert academic supervisor based at the Dubai Campus and supported by a second supervisor in Edinburgh. In addition to time spent doing research project work, students will engage with scientific literature and participate in research group discussions and meetings using electronic communications.


The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Programme Structure

Research topics for PhD supervision

  • Surface coatings for use in energy, biomedical and transportation engineering. Typical examples include surface engineered components for gas turbines, solar panels, human implants and rotating machines.
  • Micromechanics of engineering systems.
  • Contact mechanics and high-speed impacts.
  • Tribology of interacting surfaces including gears, bearings and oil drilling applications.
  • Investigation of thermal conductivities and heat transfer rate of direct absorption solar collector with the help of nanofluids technology.
  • Aerodynamic optimisation for drag reduction of heavy vehicles by means of passive devices such as boat-tails

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Interested applicants should complete the online application form, making clear on the form that you are applying to study at the Dubai Campus.
Applicants interested in our PhD opportunities need to submit the following:
  • Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of certificates for degrees already awarded.
  • Confirmation of funding source and/or confirmation of sponsorship/sufficient funds to pursue studies.
  • A detailed research proposal.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19630 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19630 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • National

    19630 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19630 EUR per year during 36 months.

AED 81900 per year

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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