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PhD Electronic, Electrical and Computing Engineering / MPhil

School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham

We offer research for the MPhil(Eng) and PhD degrees in the mainstream areas of signal processing, virtual reality and artificial life, educational technology, human factors, speech technologies, multimodal interaction, computer engineering, communications, control engineering, digital systems, power and solid-state devices and also in specialist areas such as acoustics and sonar, image processing, and high-critical-temperature superconductivity.
About ten per cent of our higher degree students work externally, employed full-time.

We have particularly strong links with BT, the Defence Research Agency, London Underground Ltd and Kodak Ltd. Our research is funded roughly 50:50 by the EPSRC and industry/EU.

The department's Research Assessment Excercise rating is 5. Our current research grant and contract funding exceeds £4.5 millon. Research facilities include clean rooms for fabricating power hybrid and thick film power electronics devices, and microwave devices, a 10-kW induction motor test rig for developing new AC drive strategies, two microwave anechoice chambers, a large network of Sun workstaions, and the superconducting and laser ablation facilities described below. We also have Wolfson units for computer-controlled thermal measurements on semiconductor devices and for development of underwater transducers and systems.

PhD study normally takes three years full-time (or part-time equivalent). MPhil(Eng) is approximately fifteen months.

Key facts

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Duration: PhD - 3 years full-time, MPhil - 1 year full-time

Start date: Registration for PhD and MPhil study can take place at the beginning of any month

We have a broad range of research specialisms:

* Biomedical Informatics
* Communications Engineering
* Electrical Power, Energy and Control Systems
* Emerging Device Technology
* Human Interface Technologies
* Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy
* Multimodal Interaction Technologies
* Railway Systems

The normal entrance requirements for MPhil (Eng) or PhD study are a first degree equivalent to at least a good UK upper second class honours standard. English language competence should be indicated (if English is not your first language) by a TOEFL score of 550 or more, or IELTS score of 6.0 or more. As scholarships are limited, it is recommended that applicants seek adequate financial support prior to applying.

The degree requirements allow also for entry based on comparable ability, as indicated by a good UK MSc performance or a lower first-defree performance plus substantial relevant experience. For UK/EU applicants, full funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council or from other sources can usually be arranged through the school. Overseas applicants should seek financial support from sources in their home countries and schemes such as ORS; supplementary funding for ORS award holders can normally be provided.

Decisions on EPSRC studentships are usually made in July or August and for ORS is early April. Please note that a PhD offer is required by the end of January to be considered for ORS, even if the start date for the PhD is later in the year.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score: 550
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Degree Level: PhD
Tuition Fee: € 4,232 / Year (EEA) , € 12,860 / Year (Non-EEA)
Language:English
Duration:3 Years
Start Date:September  2018
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Part-time, Full-time
Disciplines: Computer Science & IT, Electrical Engineering
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