Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
To satisfy the requirements of the degree of PhD, a thesis must constitute a substantial original contribution to knowledge and is, in principle, worthy of peer reviewed publication
We are often asked what the structure is for PhD in Engineering at the University of Warwick, in short a full time PhD is a four year registration (typically three years of tuition fees), a part-time PhD is a seven year registration (five years of fees pro-rata). The expectation of the University is that you need to work with your supervisor and aim toward your thesis submission by the end of the third year, utilising the extension year/s if needed solely for the purpose of writing the thesis. The final year is expressly not for undertaking any further research or fieldwork.
You will be allocated a supervisor and in some instances a co-supervisor whom you will be working closely with for the duration of your registration. As a PhD student you will be well motivated and able to self-manage your time effectively and meet your supervisors regularly and at minimum once per month. There will be documents that you need to prepare in the first few months of your registration and prior to your formal annual review meeting. We have School events and symposiums for you to get involved in to showcase your work and achievements. During your registration you are required to maintain a monthly progress record of your outputs that include items such as; thesis chapters, papers and posters. Progress and attendance will be formally monitored throughout your registration.
Our research supervisors are specialists in their fields, and offer an effective mix of academic input and practical application which will equip you with the knowledge, skills and tools. At Warwick we are committed to supporting you as a Postgraduate Researcher both professionally and personally. We aim to equip all our Postgraduate Researchers with the skills, knowledge and attributes to enable you to thrive as an independent research professional and prepare you for your next career steps with our Professional Development Training Programme.
1.1 To satisfy the requirements of the degree of PhD, a thesis must constitute a substantial original contribution to knowledge and is, in principle, worthy of peer reviewed publication. The thesis shall be clearly and concisely written and well-argued and shall show a satisfactory knowledge of both primary and secondary sources. It shall contain a full bibliography and, where appropriate, a description of methods and techniques used in the research.
1.2 The maximum length of the thesis is 70,000 words in the Faculty of Science. These limits are exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables and bibliography. The total length of all appendices combined may not exceed 5,000 words in length.
1.3 A student must attend an oral examination (viva voce), which shall cover the thesis itself and the field of study in which the thesis has been written. The examiners may also require the student to take a written and/or practical examination. The student must complete satisfactorily the oral examination and written and/or practical examination, in order to satisfy the requirements for the degree.
1.4 Research degree courses do not contain any interim examinations, but students are expected to attend lecture modules on appropriate topics. Students are required to submit a project plan, Gantt chart and a literature review early in their registration. Regular meetings with their supervisor/s are recorded by the student on a monthly basis to show the delivery and progression of their research. A progress review panel is established for each student to monitor progress and give advice; the first review is usually within the first two months of registration, a formal review after approx. 9 months and annually thereafter subject to satisfactory progress.
In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.
- A research proposal of 1 or 2 pages that outlines your specific research interests that are aligned with the research expertise in the School of Engineering. The research that you will conduct before applying will give you an overview of the research activities areas to find if it is possible for you to undertake a doctorate. When you feel confident that you can contribute to the research carried out within the School, you can then begin your application.
- Admission for a PhD requires at least an upper second class honours standard or the equivalent and/or a Master's degree at Merit level or its equivalent.
- Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
- English Language Qualifications: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
- IELTS: Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
- Cambridge Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 60+ (pass at grade C) - A minimum of 3 borderline and 1 weak component results
- Cambridge Proficiency (CPE): Any pass grade - In order to verify the CPE online, applicants need to supply their "secret number". The following CPE results apply to courses in all English Bands.
- Pearson Academic (PTE): Overall score of 62 with all components at 51+
Industrial experience is not a requirement for entry but in cases where the candidate does not satisfy the requirements it may be taken into account.
*Q. How do I know if my qualification grade is equivalent?
A. Overseas Qualifications: UK Equivalent Scores: Stated equivalents are neither absolute nor complete. Satisfying the grade requirement of your course is only one aspect of the application and does not guarantee admission.
Take a look at the proposed project titles from the themes below, the named projects will not automatically come with funding unless specified, for funding opportunities please view our scholarships page.
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical and Process Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Systems and Information Engineering
There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pages - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2.
As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.
International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expenses.
The School of Engineering offer scholarships throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.
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School of Engineering
University of Warwick
My decision to study for PhD at Warwick was informed by the school’s reputation for world leading research.
Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD)
3-4 years full-time or 5-7 years part-time.
None, applications accepted all year round.
Course Start Date:
As agreed between the applicant and School of Engineering.
Location of study:
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom