Ph.D. On Campus


University of Cambridge

36 months
32352 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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By the end of the Engineering Phd, offered at The University of Cambridge, students are expected to have produced original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in the field of engineering. 


The Department expects that students will leave with the wider skills necessary to be successful in either an academic or a non-academic career. The Engineering Phd is offered at The University of Cambridge.


The Department of Engineering offers PhD studies in a wide variety of subjects:
  • Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery
Building on research in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics to develop a systems view of energy generation and utilisation, particularly in the ground and air transport, to mitigate environmental impact.
  • Electrical Engineering
Pursuing fundamental electrical, electronic and photonic research at the material, device and system levels with a focus on creating integrated solutions in the fields of nanotechnology, sensing, energy generation, energy conversion, displays and communications.Mechanics, Materials and DesignExtending fundamental and applied research in mechanics, materials, and design, exploiting cross-disciplinary partnerships across the University; and building on existing strengths to develop excellence in bioengineering and healthcare systems research.
  • Civil Engineering
Advancing the mechanics of civil and structural engineering systems within the broader context of the design, construction and operation of sustainable infrastructure and the stewardship of Earth's resources and environment.
  • Manufacturing and Management
Developing a new understanding of manufacturing technology, operations, strategy and policy, in close partnership with industry, in order to improve industrial performance.
  • Information Engineering
Developing fundamental theory and applications relating to the generation, distribution, analysis and use of information in engineering and biological systems.

Programme Structure

  • Thesis / Dissertation
The PhD is assessed through the examination of a thesis, including an oral ("viva voce") examination.
  • Written examination
First-year students are normally required to take two master's-level taught modules as part of their first-year assessment and will participate in regular seminars, which will equip them with essential in research and communication skills.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
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  • Proposed Supervisor 
  • Research summary 
  • Reasons for applying
  • Research experience
  • Research proposal 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32352 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32352 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part time:  

  • National: £5,306
  • International: £19,411

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 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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