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Research Degrees

Research Degrees

Achieve academic excellence with industrial relevance.

We combine world-leading academic and applied research with real-world industry relevance.

Our experts have created a dynamic and supportive environment, designed to facilitate your independent and original multidisciplinary research. Our research degrees span many sectors, including manufacturing, materials, digital, cyber, healthcare and intelligent vehicles.


Our PhD programme focuses intensely on one specific project to improve your body of fundamental knowledge. Our EngD is an industry-focused option, which allows you to work on company-sponsored, real-world challenges to develop yourself as a leader in industry. Our Centre for Doctoral Training combines academia and industry to train research students, engineers and business leaders. Our MSc by Research provides the preparation for a professional career or further research via a PhD or EngD.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD)

Focus on one academic project

Combine doctoral-level research with real industrial relevance in a department globally renowned for academic excellence, business focus, industry collaboration and impact in the competitive marketplace.

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

Work on one company-sponsored real-world challenge

The EngD at WMG brings real-world industry insight through focusing your research on industry-based projects, whilst working with experienced supervisors from both academic and industrial backgrounds.

Centre for Doctoral Training

Combine academia and industry

Bringing together diverse areas of expertise from both academia and industry to train research students, engineers and business leaders with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues, and future challenges across sectors such as sustainable materials and future mobility.

MSc by Research

Focus on independent research

A Master’s by Research degree allows you to focus on independent research rather than being taught directly. Your independent research will normally enhance your existing knowledge of a subject as you work at the boundaries of your field. This programme focuses on training researchers for a professional career or preparing for further research via a PhD or EngD.

Current Vacancies

We are recruiting ambitious, curious and passionate students into our exciting PhD, EngD, CDT and MSc by Research vacancies. We are looking for problem solvers and convergent thinkers to find solutions to issues which will change the future of industry.

How to apply
Uncover the next step in your application

Follow our step-by-step process, which will help guide you from identifying the right opportunity for you, reviewing funding information and submitting your application.


Company sponsorship
Need rigorous research into a specific industry challenge or project?

Our doctoral programmes offer companies an opportunity to harness pioneering research to tackle a specific industry challenge, although the long-term benefits may extend well beyond single projects.

Research at WMG

Research is at the heart of WMG. With many innovative research areas we offer a range of research degree topics so you can pursue your interests and passions. Our projects have strong links with leaders in global industry, meaning your research will be directly applicable to solve the challenges facing organisations today.


Research with impact: Education for life.

WMG Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

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Research at WMG

Explore our breadth of innovative research areas with world class academics and outstanding engineering dedicated to delivering transformational results in manufacturing and technology.

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How to apply

Take the next step on your research journey. We welcome informal enquiries, giving you the opportunity to discuss projects with supervisors as you decide on your next move.

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