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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD)

pro_256_resized.jpgWe’ll train you in rigorous research methods, where you’ll discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original research and present outcomes which extend the forefront of your chosen discipline.

You’ll be joining an international community of scholars and industry leaders, renowned for their impact in the competitive environment. Plus, you’ll have opportunities to teach and attend conferences to speak about your research, where you’ll make valuable connections with leading academics and companies.

Our applied research themes:

  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Digitally Enhanced Manufacturing
  • Intelligent Vehicles
  • Transport Electrification
  • Health and Wellbeing

In starting Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering at WMG, you will initially be registered for an MPhil/PhD and then go through a formal upgrading process at nine months (15 months for part-time students). You will then be registered for a PhD. Final assessment will be by submission of a thesis followed by a viva examination.

Minimum entry requirements

  • First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject, e.g. Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics or Maths
  • Non-UK applicants may be required to satisfy the University requirements for English language ability, as described hereLink opens in a new window (WMG are band A).
  • Please see individual project adverts for any further requirements.


  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time: 7 years

Next available start dates

  • 5th June 2023
  • 2nd October 2023
  • 5th February 2024


Most of our projects are fully or partially funded. The majority are for Home Fees applicants, though occasionally we advertise positions open to overseas applicants.

Please refer to specific project descriptions for details and see our Funding page for other funding options.

The fees change on a year-by-year basis. Please check our PG Research Fees web pages for the details of the fees for the coming year. You will also need funds to pay for accommodation and subsistence.

Yes - many of our students receive funding from the major research councils (ESRC and AHRC), as well as from the University. We are sometimes able to offer a number of departmental studentships every year.

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