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Our programmes

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:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Medical Engineering
  • Sustainable Engineering

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 Systems

  • Energy efficiency
  • Heating and cooling
  • Carbon capture, storage and utilisation
  • Solar energy
  • Marine based systems
  • Bioenergy



  • Environmental monitoring
  • Effects of climate change on communications
  • Transport and logistics


Medical Engineering

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.


Sustainable Engineering

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.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 3 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MSc: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £15,300 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Engineering research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

You will need at least the equivalent of a second class Honours degree in medical engineering or a related subject.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


The School of Engineering & Computer Science has a long history of excellence in research and in the application of research to address real world problems.

The challenges facing the world 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.