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Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #141 (QS) ,
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.

About

Our research groups cover four areas of expertise:Nanomaterials and electronicsOur 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 designOur 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
  • networks-on-chip
  • 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 machinesThe 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:  There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in:

  • electrical or electronic engineering
  • computer engineering
  • a related subject such as mechanical engineering or physics

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    22710 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22710 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
EU
  • Full time: £4,350
  • Part time: £2,175
International
  • Full time: £22,710

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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