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Research Degrees - PhD, MSc by Research

Degree title:

Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD)

Degree of Master of Science (by Research) in Engineering (MScR)

Minimum entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject or Master’s degree at merit level (or equivalent).

Overseas applicants should have English language test certificate, we accept IELTS, CAE, CPE and PTE.

Note: CV's sent to the department will not be accepted as an application, please see how to apply

Duration

MScR: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

PhD: 3-4 years full-time or 7 years part-time.

PhD by Published Work: 12 months.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.

NOTE: PhD by Published work requirements are different - please view www.warwick.ac.uk/engpgr/phdpub

Masters by Research (MSc)

1.1 To satisfy the requirements of the degree of Masters by Research, a thesis shall be clearly and concisely written, show evidence of originality in knowledge and in interpretation, and shall also be judged on its scholarly presentation. In addition it shall contain a full bibliography.
1.2. The maximum length of the thesis is 40,000 words, which in the Faculty of Science shall be exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables and bibliography.
1.3 The examiners may require the candidate to attend an oral examination. If an oral examination is held, this must be completed satisfactorily in order to meet the requirements for the award of 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.

Recent theses

  • The Impact of Embedded Generation Using CHP Units on Distribution Network.
  • Geosynthetic-Reinforced and Unreinforced Soil Slopes Subject to Cracks and Seismic Action: Stability Assessment and Engineered Slopes.
  • Low-temperature Gettering in Multicrystalline Silicon Materials for Photovoltaics.
  • Mechanistic Mathematical Models for the Design of Synthetic Biological Systems: DNA Recombination, Recombinase-Based Temporal Logic Gates and Antibiotic Production.
  • Fabrication and Characterisation of 3C-SiC on Si Semiconductor Devices.
  • Evaluate The Potential Of Constructed Wetland Features For Mitigating The Impact Of Pesticide Losses From Agricultural Land.
  • Development and characterization of next generation stylus for micro coordinate measuring machine (micro cmm)
    Structural Identifiability and Indistinguishability in Mixed-Effects Models.
  • Molecular Communication Modelling.
  • Novel Damage-Free Self Centering Column Base Connection for Earthquake Resilient Steel Buildings.
  • Translational PK/PD modelling of cardiovascular parameters to improve safety and eciency in drug development

Applications

Applications are accepted all year round, when making your application the system will automatically default to the beginning of the next academic year, however you can specify your preferred start date. If you select your preferred start date please allow sufficient time for processing your application, you will need to obtain an unconditional offer before you can enrol. [How to apply]

Fees & finance

Research Postgraduate students are 'Standard Course Fees' Band 2, click here for fees.

Information regarding scholarships can be found on the link shown below, receiving an offer for a research degree does not automatically mean you have also applied for a scholarship.

PhD students are encouraged to give seminars, publish their findings and to undertake (paid) laboratory demonstrating work.

Research Groups in the School of Engineering

Student Experience