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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #300 (QS) Glasgow, United Kingdom
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids from the University of Strathclyde is a unique training and research programme that blends together leading-edge information and communications technology solutions and radical new power systems architectures to support the increasing renewable energy deployment and electrification of transportation and heating. 
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This four-year EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids from the University of Strathclyde is composed for a one-year MRes instructional course and three-year PhD research study.

Research opportunities

The way in which we produce and consume energy is changing. We can no longer rely on the centralised power generation model of yesterday, to solve the global energy challenge of providing clean, affordable and reliable energy.

The power system of tomorrow is being shaped by climate change policy, socio-economic pressures and technological advances in materials science, power electronics, communications and data processing.

Two of the UK’s leading research institutions for power systems, the University of Strathclyde and Imperial College London, have combined their expertise and world-class facilities to establish a centre that will address this global energy challenge. It has been designed to produce world-leading engineers with the cross-disciplinary expertise needed to help realise the future low carbon smart grid.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      • MRes - 1 year
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1 - Instructional course (MRes)

  • You'll complete a series of short intensive research-led masters-level courses delivered jointly by Strathclyde and Imperial College, combined with professional engineering skills and research methodologies training.
  • You're based primarily at Strathclyde, but complete a two-week course in Power electronics in February, and a one-week course in Risk management in May at Imperial. 

Years 2 to 4 - Research study (PhD)

Research topics are broad-ranging, based on industry needs and ongoing electrical power and energy research within both institutions. Example topics include:

  • future power networks & smart grid paradigm
  • control & protection of future networks
  • communications for power networks
  • power electronics for transmission & distribution networks
  • asset management & condition monitoring
  • managing risk & uncertainty in grid operation
  • offshore and pan-European super-grids

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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).

General Requirements

  • Applications are reviewed by an Academic Panel, with selected candidates then invited for interview. Interviews are conducted between January and July.  These are held at either the University of Strathclyde or Imperial College London, depending on candidates’ geographical location.
  • Decisions on interviews are confirmed within one working week, with successful candidates made a formal offer of a studentship.
  • Studentships are available to UK citizens who have, or are about to obtain, a first-class or upper-second Honours or MSc degree in a physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Rest of UK - £4,407

Living costs for Glasgow

  • 620 - 1020 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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