The challenges facing the world today are complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. As a general engineering department, we are able to bring together a wide range of expertise, experience and facilities to solving such problems - encompassing mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, and energy engineering.
We have a long history of excellence in research and in the application of research to address real world problems. In the latest Research Assessment Framework exercise (REF 2014), 99% of our research submissions were judged to be 'internationally recognised', with 75% of our outputs classed as 'world-leading' or ''internationally excellent'.
Our research interests are broadly themed around three key areas:
We welcome applications from potential graduate students who are interested in working with us for PhD, MPhil or MSc by Research. Our three-year PhD programmes prepare you for academic, research, and other high-level careers.
Energy and Environment
Understanding the changing environment, adapting to climate change, increasing the efficiency of our energy usage and minimising the impact of human activity are key challenges to humanity.
Our research brings together a wide range of engineering expertise to address these problems, with particular interests in the following:
- Energy efficiency
- Heating and cooling
- Carbon capture, storage and utilisation
- Solar energy
- Marine based systems
More about the Energy Systems group (including staff specialisms)
- Environmental monitoring
- Effects of climate change on communications
- Transport and logistics
More about the Environment group (including staff specialisms)
Many of the most important breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare over the past century have critically relied on the contribution of engineers, for example in new imaging modalities or joint replacements, and the introduction of novel medical devices and techniques will continue to improve our longevity and quality of life.
Our activities currently include fundamental research into the musculoskeletal system, the development of new medical devices and biomedical materials, and the development of new diagnostic and analytical systems. Current and recent supports of our research include Action Medical Research, BBSRC, EPSRC, EU, NHS, Leverhulme Trust, NERC, OSPREY, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
More about the Medical Engineering group (including staff specialisms)
Staff and researchers in the sustainable engineering research theme undertake interdisciplinary research on advanced materials and manufacturing, design and optimisation of novel devices and control systems, and systematic engineering and sustainable solutions for energy production, carbon capture, storage and utilisation.
Research activities currently include:
- Fundamental research into the development and characterisation of advanced metal alloys, metal-based and polymer-based composites, and the manufacturing technologies for energy, automotive and aerospace industry.
- The development of novel photovoltaic devices to harness solar energy, and photo-electrochemical systems for conversion of CO2 into useful fuels.
- Fault-tolerant control of offshore wind turbines and robust fault detection and diagnosis for aerospace systems.
- Process modelling, simulation, control and optimisation for power plants, and carbon capture, storage and transport.
- Design and production of novel green catalysis to produce biofuel from eco-friendly materials, e.g. agricultural waste.
Current and recent supporters of our research include The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, EPSRC, British Council, EU, and industry.
More about the Sustainable Engineering group (including staff specialisms)
Current PhD Projects
We offer a range of exciting projects in all science and engineering subject areas. Many projects are interdisciplinary and/or in collaboration with industry.
Some of these projects are fully-funded – click here to view the list of our current funded research projects.