PhD - Engineering and Applied Science

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Qualifications
    Applicants should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution). More details below.
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Key Dates

  • Start dates
    1 January, 1 April, 1 July, 1 October

78% of our submissions to the Research and Excellence Framework were ranked as world leading or internationally excellent.

Excellent facilities across our whole suite of disciplines

Be supervised by experts from the field, preparing you with high level knowledge and skills

Course summary

Aston's School of Engineering and Applied Science offers an exciting environment for advanced research and training.

Current Studentship Opportunities

The school of EAS welcomes applications for PhD studentships for the 2020/21 academic year

Students can apply in any of the school’s active research areas and topics currently available are shown below:

 

Achieving Resilience and Sustainability within Smart Cities

Supervisor: Dr Gayan Wedawatta

Research group: Engineering Systems & Management

Degree Program: Engineering Systems & Management

 

AudioEnhanced Physiotherapy for Motor Rehabilitation

Supervisor: Dr Joanna Lumsden

Research group: Computer Sciences

Program Degree: Computer Sciences

 

Biofuel-Fed Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC): Fundamental Investigation of SOFC Durability Under Biofuel Impurities and Thermal Cycling Scenarios

Supervisor: Dr Amirpiran Amiri

Research group: Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Collective dynamics and stochastic effects in delay-coupled networks

Supervisor: Dr Otti D’Huys

Research group: Mathematics

Degree Program: Mathematics

 

Comparative Analysis of Policy Instruments for Bioenergy as Part Transition to a Low-Carbon and Bioeconomy

Supervisor: Prof Patricia Thornley

Research group: Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Complex Adaptive Dynamics on Complex Networks.

Supervisor Dr Jens Christian Claussen

Research group: Mathematics

Degree Program: Mathematics

 

Converting Halogen Containing Waste Plastics to Clean Liquid Fuels by an Innovative Pyrolysis Process.

Supervisor Dr Yang Yang

Research group: Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Design and 3D Laser Fabrication of Compact Photonic Humidity Sensors for Food Industry
Supervisor: Prof Sergei Turitsyn
Research group: Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)

Degree Program: Electrical, Electronic and Powering Engineering

 

Design in Circular Economy: Exploring Circular Product Design Strategies in Manufacturing Industries 

Supervisor: Dr. Wei Liu

Research group: Mechanical Engineering & Design

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

 

Designing Supply Chain Systems with Social Impact

Supervisor: Dr Yasmine Sabri

Research group: Engineering Systems and Management Group

Degree Program: Engineering Systems and Management Group

 

Development of Targeted Cancer Cell Hyperthermia Technique.

Supervisor:   Dr Xianghong Ma

Research group: Mechanical Engineering & Design

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

 

Directable Responsive Nano-devices towards Cancer Treatments

Supervisor: Dr Qingchun Yuan

Research group: Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

 

ECG signal modelling: from compression to automation of routine tests interpretation.

Supervisor:   Dr. Laura Rebollo-Neira,

Research group: Mathematics

Degree Program: Mathematics

 

Facilitating Co-Design of Clean Cook-Stoves in Mozambique.

Supervisor:   Dr Timothy Whitehead

Research group: Mechanical Engineering & Design

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

 

Investigation of a Non-radiographic Sensor for Diagnosis of Septic Loosening of Prosthetic Implants

Supervisor: Dr Sarah Junaid,

Research group: Mechanical Engineering and Design

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

 

Ionic Liquid-Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers

Supervisor: Dr Matthew J Derry

Research group: Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)

Degree Program: Apply Chemistry

 

Mid infrared fibre grating and fibre laser for hyperspectral imaging analysis of food material.

Supervisor: Kaiming Zhou

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)

Degree Program: Electrical, Electronic and Powering Engineering

 

Modelling the Emergence of Anti-Microbial Resistance with Statistical Physics

Supervisor: Dr Roberto C. Alamino

Research group: Mathematics

Degree Program: Mathematics

 

Multinuclear and Multidimensional NMR Tools for Characterisation of Bio-oils produced from Brewers’ Spent Grain

Supervisor:   Dr Rob Evans

Research group: Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Nanomaterials for Low-Power Field-Effect Transistors and Biocompatible Microelectrode Arrays for Advanced Applications

Supervisor:  Dr Petro Lutsyk

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)

Degree Program: Electrical, Electronic and Powering Engineering

 

Net-zero-power wireless smart sensors: harvesting ambient broadband vibrational energy.

Supervisor:   Dr Yu Jia

Research group: Program: Mechanical Engineering and Design

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

 

Novel Catalysts for Catalytic Pyrolysis Of Unrecycled Plastic Waste To Fuel.

Supervisor:  Dr Jiawei Wang

Research group: Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Novel Flexi Biodiesel Mix Fuel Blends for Internal Combustion Engines Application – Theoretical Modelling and Experimental Study.

Supervisor Dr Abul Hossain

Research group: Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

 

Novel Microcarriers for Scalable Clean Meat Production

Supervisor: Dr Eirini Theodosiou

Research groups: Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Optimisation of 3D Printed PVA Permeability for Use as Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

Supervisor: Dr. Anisa Mahomed

Research group: Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Optimising Network Performance from Boolean to Logistic Networks

Supervisor:  Dr Dmitry Nerukh

Research group: Mathematics

Degree Program: Mathematics

 

Pattern Visualization in Continuous Person Monitoring Applications.

Supervisor:   Dr Yordan P Raykov

Research group: Mathematics

Degree Program: Mathematics

 

RADSENS – RADiofrequency (RF) heating of gold nanoparticles in optical polymer SENSors for the potential detection of single biomolecules via an ELISA sandwich assay

Supervisor: Dr Daniel Hill

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)

Chemical Engineering: Electrical, Electronic and Powering Engineering

 

Removal of Antibiotic Residues from Aqueous Solutions.

Supervisor: Dr Vesna Najdanovic

Research group: Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Removal of non-CO2 greenhouse gases via atmospheric photocatalysis: life cycle assessment.

Supervisor:   Dr Wei Li

Research group: Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Small-scale concentrated solar thermal combined heat and power system based on organic Rankine cycle (SUN-CHP)

Supervisor: Dr Muhammad Imran

Research group: Mechanical Engineering & Design

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering

 

The cost of the transition to a low-carbon future. Economic and socio-economic feasibility of bioenergy

Supervisor: Dr Mirjam Röder

Research group: Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Transfer Learning Solutions for Intelligent Transportation.

Supervisor:  Dr Alina Patelli

Research group: Computer Sciences

Degree Program: Computer Sciences

  

Twisted light-based optical diagnosis and tissue biopsy (TWID)

Supervisor: Prof Igor Meglinski

Research group: Mechanical Engineering & Design

Degree Program: Mechanical Engineering & Design

 

Upgrading Lignocellulose Waste Biomass Using Thermochemical And Biological Conversion Routes

Supervisor: Dr Paula Blanco

Research group: Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

Degree Program: Chemical Engineering

 

Fees

Studentships will cover UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of up to £15,425 to support living costs. For outstanding candidates it we will consider award of international tuition fees and/or an enhanced stipend.

Funding Provider

Studentships may be funded by the school, its industrial partners or the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Applicants should simply contact the relevant listed supervisor and complete the application form above.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

 

4 x PhD Studentships (3 years) Optical Phase Conjugation Based Optical Networks / Energy Efficient M Communication using Combs (EEMC)

We also are offering the following fully funded three year PhD studentships (click here for more information)

 

PhD Studentship in Optical Phase Conjugation Based Optical Systems

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis ,

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

 

PhD Studentship in Optical Phase Conjugation Based Optical Networks

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis ,

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

 

PhD Studentship in Energy Efficient M Communication using Combs (EEMC)

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis ,

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

 

PhD Studentship in Free Space Optical Networks

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Ellis ,

Research group: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiTP)

About the School of Engineering and Applied Science

The School of Engineering and Applied Science focuses on research that is significant to the current and future needs of our society. This is your chance to contribute to this course and help improve communities.

Our research is recognised internationally: over half our research funding comes from international sources. We also receive support from UK Government, research councils and charities. Our research projects tackle strategic priorities such as energy, information and communication technologies (ICT), and healthcare technologies. All our staff are engaged in research and with an unusually large proportion of them operating research projects linked to industry.

Find out more about the School of Engineering and Applied Science here. 

Studying a research degree with us means you will be a member of the School Student Research Society, enjoying a range of events (seminars by external distinguish speakers, annual poster competition, inter-school collaboration, social gathering and outing) organised by the society to enrich your academic and social life experience.

Find out more about the research taking place within the School of Engineering and Applied Science here. 

Entry requirements and fees

Academic Entry Requirements

Applicants should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution).

Some school funded projects may have specific academic requirements, and details of these will be included in the project advert. Details of our current projects can be found here.

Please provide transcripts of the marks you have already achieved with your application.  If your qualification is suitable and your grades are good, we would normally accepted this as providing evidence of your research potential.

We may also consider applicants who have substantial and significant work experience outside of their degree(s) in a relevant field, but who do not currently meet our academic entry requirements; this can include unpaid internships, volunteering for charities and NGO’s or self-funded activities.

English Language Entry Requirements 

Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:

  • TOEFL IBT: 93 (23 in Writing, 19 in Speaking, 18 in Reading and 19 in Listening) 
  • IELTS (Academic Test):   6.5 (6.0 in Writing Speaking, Reading and Listening).
  • Pearsons English language test: 63 with no less than 57 in each band.

Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.

For applicants from non-English speaking countries, it is necessary to have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the British Council IELTS (Academic Test) test. However, if the Candidate holds a Bachelor or Master's degree from a UK University, this requirement may be waived. Please contact the school for further information.

If you do not have a valid English language qualification this will be requested as a condition of any offer that is issued.

Fees

Fees for 2020 are £4,327 per year for Home/EU students and £16,900 per year for overseas students.

How to apply

Engineering and Applied Sciences funded projects

If you are applying for the Engineering and Applied Sciences funded projects listed above, you should complete the application form HERE, as well as writing a 500 word review of the relevant research area. The review and application form will be assessed for compliance against our entry criteria and a decision passed on to the supervisor.

Candidates will then be invited for an interview with the supervisor and other members of staff. This may be in person or remotely by internet connection and will be arranged by the supervisor.

If successful at interview, the candidates will then work with their supervisor to develop a research proposal which will form the basis of the research project. The proposal and candidate performance will then be assessed by an internal school panel, who will allocate studentships on the basis of both the application and interview.

There will be different funding packages depending of the quality of the Project-Student application.
The April Panel will decided if the Project-Student application is:

•  Not funded.
•  Funded with a specified award level (the award level may be: home/EU  or international fees only; home/EU or international fees plus standard stipend; home/EU or international fees plus enhanced stipend).
•  Deferred for reconsideration (after proposal improvement) at the June panel meeting when final allocations for academic year 2020/21 will be made.

Timeline

Applicants should contact the supervisor as soon as possible as application form, research proposal and interviews must be completed by 31 March 2020. Decisions will be communicated to candidates in April 2020.

To find out more, please take a look at our dedicated 'how to apply' webpage

Bringing your own research project proposal

If you are bringing your own research project proposal you can apply for a place at any time of the year you will need to submit a research project proposal and accompanying supporting documents. To find out more, please take a look at our dedicated 'how to apply' webpage.

Research students can commence their studies on one of four dates each year:

  • 1 October
  • 1 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July

Please apply as early as possible before your preferred start date to enable us to process your application in good time for your start date.

This is particularly important for international students who need extra time to apply for their Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) and visa.