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Research Degrees - PhD

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD) programme will train you in rigorous research methods that will allow you to become part of an international community of scholars and industry leaders.

A PhD is concentrated on a contribution to knowledge in a specific subject. It requires you to discover, interpret and communicate new knowledge through original research, and to present and defend research outcomes which extend the forefront of your chosen discipline.

WMG carries out applied research under the themes of Design, Materials, Manufacturing, Systems and Business. Sectors include automotive, aerospace, construction, energy and utilities, the environment, finance, food and drink, healthcare technologies, and pharmaceutical.

Our programme offers the opportunity to combine doctoral-level education with real industrial relevance. We are globally renowned for our business focus, industry collaboration and our impact in the competitive market place.

Minimum Entry Requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject, e.g. Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Maths.

Overseas applicants need to satisfy the University requirements for English Language ability as described here.

Please see individual project adverts for any further requirements.


3 - 4 years for full-time registration.

Part-time registration is also possible, typically over 5 - 7 years.

Our next available start-dates are 4th of February, 3rd of June and 30th of September 2019.


Most of our available projects are fully or partially funded. The majority of these are for Home/EU applicants, though occasionally we advertise positions that will also be open to overseas applicants. Please refer to specific project descriptions for details.

If you are looking for scholarships to undertake your own research project please refer to this list of alternative funding opportunities for which you may be eligible.

Getting Started

  1. Take a look at our current project vacancies . These are arranged by research theme and can be filtered using the tags on the right.
  2. Find out more about our Research Groups at WMG
  3. Complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV

Further Reading

Thinking of doing a PhD? The University has produced a helpful guide for getting started.

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WMG Research

Research Groups

Academic Staff
Professor Tony McNally
Academic Director (Acting)
Director of Research Degrees

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