Systems, Power and Energy research within the School of Engineering is tackling many strategic and challenging areas of research in energy, ultrasonics, material and manufacture, space systems and science and music.
Our research is interdisciplinary, pulling together experts across a range of different fields to collaborate on industrial-focussed challenges.
We have collaborations in energy, space systems, healthcare, bioengineering, nanotechnologies and automotive engineering.
Communications, Sensing and Imaging
- Antenna design and channel modelling
- Physical layer design and signal processing, new waveforms for 5G
- Radio resource allocation and MAC design
- Networking and joint design of RAN and backhaul
- Self Organisation of Cellular Networks
- Use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analysis for Self Organisation
- Use cases of 5G technology (example areas include): Smart Transport, Smart Agriculture, Connected Health, Body area networks, Environment monitoring, Connected buildings.
More information: Communications, Sensing and Imaging
- Renewables of high thermal efficiency
- Decarbonised fossil fuels
- High efficiency energy conversion processes
- Safe and clean nuclear energy
- Sensing and simulation of energy systems
More information: Energy
Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics
- Ultrasonics in Medicine and Surgery
- Power Ultrasonics Applications
- Ultrasonic Transducer Materials and Devices
- Cavitation and Microbubbles
- Ultrasound Electronics and Systems
- Beamforming and Signal Processing
- Multimodal Systems with Ultrasound
- Tools for Space and Hazardous Environments
- Micromanipulation with Ultrasonics
More information: Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics
Materials, Design and Manufacturing
- Composite Materials
- Advanced Manufacture
- Computer-Automated Design (CAutoD)
More information: Materials, Design and Manufacturing
- Planetary exploration and science
- Debris mitigation
- Space power systems
- Orbital dynamics, control and formation flight
More information: Space Systems
Science & Music
- Empirical Musicology: Gesture and Structure
- Rehearsal and Analysis Tools for Microtonal Performance
- Computer Representations of Musical Performances
More information: Science and Music
2.1 Honours degree or equivalent
Applicants should submit:
- Transcripts/degree certificate
- Two references
- A one-page research proposal
- Name of potential Supervisor
Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
- a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
- the question that your research will address
- an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
- an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
- a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
- a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
- an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult
English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.
Fees and funding
- £4,407 UK/EU
- £21,920 outside EU
Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.
Additional fees for all students:
- Re-submission by a research student £525
- Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,315
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £340
- Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £765
Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee (also known as research support costs) to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.
A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.
Funding for EU students
The UK government has confirmed that EU nationals will remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions for 2019/20 to help cover costs for the duration of their study. The Scottish Government has confirmed that fees for EU students commencing their studies in 2019/20 and 2020/21 will be at the same level as those for UK students.
- £4,327 UK/EU
- £21,020 outside EU
Additional fees for all students:
- Re-submission by a research student £500
- Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,250
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £320
- Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £730
- View a full list of our current scholarships
- Download the College of Science & Engineering: postgraduate research funding flyer 2019-20
You will be part of a Graduate School which provides the highest level of support to its students.
The overall aim of our Graduate School is to provide a world-leading environment for students which is intellectually stimulating, encourages them to contribute to culture, society and the economy and enables them to become leaders in a global environment.
We have a diverse community of over 750 students from more than 50 countries who work in innovative and transformative disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. An important part of our work is to bring our students together and to ensure they consider themselves an important part of the University’s academic community.
Being part of our Graduate School community will be of huge advantage to you in your studies and beyond and we offer students a number of benefits in addition to exceptional teaching and supervision, including:
- A wide-ranging and responsive research student training programme which enables you to enhance your skills and successfully complete your studies.
- Mobility scholarships of up to £4000 to enable you to undertake work in collaboration with an international partner.
- A diverse programme of activities which will ensure you feel part of the wider-research community (including our biannual science slam event).
- A residential trip for all new research students.
- The opportunity to engage with industry-partners through training, placements and events.
- Professionally accredited programmes.
- Unique Masters programmes run in collaboration with other organisations.
- State-of-the-art facilities including the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre and the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre.
- Highly-rated support for international students.
Over the last five years, we have helped over 600 students to complete their research studies and our students have gone on to take up prestigious posts in industries across the world.
Our outstanding facilities include an environmental lab, wind tunnels, structural testing apparatus and high-performance computing facilities for modelling and simulation.
How to apply
Identify potential supervisors
All Postgraduate Research Students are allocated a supervisor who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring. You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply. Please note, even if you have spoken to an academic staff member about your proposal you still need to submit an online application form.
You can find relevant academic staff members with our staff research interests search.
Gather your documents
Before applying please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:
- Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document
- Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document
- Two references on headed paper (academic and/or professional).
- Research proposal, CV, samples of written work as per requirements for each subject area.
To complete your application we will need two references (one must be academic the other can be academic or professional).
There are two options for you to submit references as part of your application. You can upload a document as part of your application or you can enter in your referee’s contact details and we will contact them to request a reference.
Option 1 – Uploading as part of the application form
Your references should be on official headed paper. These should also be signed by the referee. You can then upload these via theOnline Application form with the rest your documents to complete the application process.
Please be aware that documents must not exceed 5MB in size and therefore you may have to upload your documents separately. The online system allow you to upload supporting documents only in PDF format. For a free PDF writer go to www.pdfforge.org.
Option 2 - Entering contact details as part of the application form
If you enter your referees contact details including email on the application form we will email them requesting they submit a reference once you have submitted the application form. When the referee responds and sends a reference you will be sent an email to confirm the university has received this.
After submitting your application form
Use our Applicant Self Service uploading documents function to submit a new reference. We can also accept confidential references direct to firstname.lastname@example.org, from the referee’s university or business email account.
I've applied. What next?
If you have any other trouble accessing Applicant Self-Service, please see Application Troubleshooting/FAQs.
- If you have any questions about your application before you apply: contact our College of Science and Engineering Graduate School
- If you have any questions after you have submitted your application: contact our Admissions team
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