Studentships and funded projects

The School has a number of fully funded EPSRC studentships (fees plus stipend) available


FULLY FUNDED Researcher Mobility Opportunity to China

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Applications are invited for researchers (EU nationals only) wishing to travel in September 2016 for 3, 5 or 9 month secondments to one of our partner institutions in Beijing: North China Electric Power University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Tsinghua University or China State Grid - Smart Grid Research Institute.

The grant will cover: pre-departure language training, flights, accommodation in China, all institutional fees and a generous living allowance; plus visit(s) from your Manchester supervisor for longer secondments.

To be considered, you will need to show how conducting research in China will contribute to your research and provide a plan of activity which is supported by your Manchester supervisor.

Support in identifying a Chinese supervisor is available from the project team, if required.

A key selection criteria is the likelihood of the research leading to high impact joint EU-China researcher journal articles.

For more information visit our website

How to apply

To obtain an application, or for further information on future cohorts please contact:

Doctorate Industrial CASE Award

Non-destructive testing of the graphite core within an advanced gas cooled reactor

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This split university / industrial PhD project offers an exciting opportunity to pursue advanced research in partnership EDF Energy and the University of Manchester. The aim of the project is to advance the state of the art in graphite core inspection techniques and to help EDF Energy to deploy the best possible non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques for inspection of graphite moderator bricks within the UK’s fleet of advanced gas cooled reactors (AGRs). A particular focus of the research may be advanced signal and data processing methods using multi-frequency electromagnetic inspection. The successful candidate will join an established team of scientists working in this area, which a successful track record of research and technology transfer.

For more information, including details of how to apply, qualifications required and funding information, please see the Doctorate Industrial CASE Award information document (PDF document)

Contact for further information:
Prof. Tony Peyton, or 0161 306 8716.

How to Apply:
In the first instance, please send a CV and 1 page accompanying statement to Mrs Marie Davies, Postgraduate (Research) Admissions, email quoting the project reference number CASE/EDF/UM/1603.

EPSRC Doctoral Training Award

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Rated 2nd in the UK in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, we have outstanding experimental facilities, excellent industrial links and internationally recognised research. Our graduates are highly regarded by industry and are consistently placed first in independent surveys of employers.

  • Applicants should have, or be expect to obtain, a first-class or upper second class honours degree in electrical/electronic engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • In accordance with Research Council requirements, the studentship is available to home students and also EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the preceding 3 years.
  • Start dates; July, October, January, April.
Centres for Doctoral Training

More information is available at the Centres for Doctoral Training pages.

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If you are interested in one of the projects contact the supervisor directly or apply online.

Research projects

The following list is an indication of the research areas within our research groups that we are looking for students to work in.

  • Control Systems (CS) Group

    • Fundamental mathematical feedback control systems theory (robust control theory) 
      Dr Alexander Lanzon
  • Electrical Energy and Power Systems (EEPS) Group

    • High voltage electrical machines for use in modern aircraft
      Professor Ian Cotton
    • Safe live line working on 400kV overhead lines
      Professor Ian Cotton
    • Flexible distributed multi-energy system planning: a real options approach (EPSRC HubNet)
      Dr Pierluigi Mancarella
    • Optimal operation and planning of sustainable energy networks with distributed energy resources in the presence of uncertainty
      Dr Pierluigi Mancarella
    • Techno-economic and reliability assessment of the smart(er) energy distribution network of the future
      Dr Pierluigi Mancarella
    • Testing of Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control: Software and Hardware Requirements and Practical Realisation
      Professor Vladimir Terzija
  • Microelectronics and Nanostructures (M&N) Group

    • Defects engineering for efficient and cheap solar cells in Africa harvesting the heat of the sun to generate electricity using SiGe structures
      Dr Huda El Mubarek
    • On-chip digital phase control in terahertz lasers
      Dr Subhasish Chakraborty
  • Microwave and Communication Systems (MACS) Group Awards

    • Energy usage characterisation for communications technologies in the built environment
      Professor Tony Brown
    • Polarisation MIMO Indoor wireless communications using highly compact antennas and platforms
      Professor Tony Brown
    • Large scale Maxwell's equation solver for biomedical applications
      Dr Fumie Costen
    • The Guidance, Navigation and Control of Shoals of Micro-Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
      Dr Peter Green
  • Power Conversion (PC) Group

  • Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing Group

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