Studentships and funded projects

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

Doctorate Industrial CASE Award

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

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, with a successful track record of research and technology transfer.


Due to funding restrictions candidates must be UK or EU citizens (EU residents must have been resident in the UK for 3 years) and have a 1st or 2i (UK or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant Engineering subject, such as materials, modelling, signal processing and electronics, or Physics or Mathematics. The ideal candidate will also have a strong interest in problem solving with a proven practical ability and be able to work in a multidisciplinary team with physicists, material scientists, application engineers, business managers and end-users.


The award will cover tuition fees at the UK / EU rate. There is also a starting stipend (standard EPSRC rate plus enhancement) of at least £20,000 p.a. (tax free). In addition the company supports the necessary travel and consumable costs associated with the project.


In the first instance, please send a CV and 1 page accompanying statement to Ms Marie Davies, Postgraduate (Research) Admissions, email quoting the project reference number UM-EDF-000218

Further information

Prof. Tony Peyton, email: or Tel: 0161 306 8716

Funded 4 yr EngD Research Engineer

Advancing the Science of Automated Pipeline Inspection

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The purpose of the research is to advance the state of the art in magnetic flux leakage technology to make pipeline inspection as effective as possible and to investigate in how far magnetic flux leakage (MFL) technologies can address the growing challenges of multiple defects in close proximity and individual defects with variable depth profile, which has become a major threat to pipeline integrity in recent years. The project will involve:

  • Familiarization with MFL technology and magnetic field modelling
  • Investigation into mathematical models which describe the dependencies between MFL signals and simple defects size/shape
  • Systematic approach to investigate and describe complex compositions of simple defects with variable geometry and the expected field level measured in their vicinity
  • Validation of expected field levels with lab tests and infield data
  • Derivation of a classification algorithm to characterize complex defects
  • Evaluation of this classification algorithm in terms of design constraints imposed by practical MFL systems


We are seeking an ambitious and bright Research Engineer (RE) for a four-year project based between the University of Manchester within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Non-Destructive Evaluation and PPS, a centre of excellence of Baker Hughes, a GE Company with over 1 million kilometres of pipeline inspected worldwide during the last 35 years. The Centre has close links with UK’s internationally leading Research Centre for Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) with opportunities for networking with leading researchers and companies in the field. The PPS facility is located near the vibrant city of Newcastle and within easy access to sandy beaches, beautiful Northumberland and North Yorkshire National Parks. This opportunity is based on the Engineering Doctorate career acceleration scheme, which also offers a four-year postgraduate degree programme combining taught modules and a major research project based in industry with both commercial and academic research components. The EngD is equivalent to a PhD awarding the title “Dr”. The work will also involve some time spent at the universities for training modules at the six RCNDE Universities and some international site work.

Applicants should hold (or expect to attain) a 2(i) or higher degree in Physics, Engineering or Materials Science and be interested in industrial inspection technologies. This EPSRC EngD studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. There will be a tax-free EPSRC stipend which, together with a generous top-up from the industrial partner, will provide a total stipend of more than £20k per year, (which is equivalent to taxed starting salary of approximately £25k). Eligibility is restricted to UK/EU applicants with 3 years residency in the UK.

Salary: Over £20k (tax free in most cases), plus tuition fees Looking for an opportunity to combine an industrial career with advanced research leading to a doctorate?

Contact for further information:
Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Tony Peyton,

How to Apply:
Formal applications should be made by sending a CV and covering letter to the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineer PG Admission at

Further information:

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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