PhD study at the School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow is looking for applications for PhD study from high quality applicants who wish to contribute to our vibrant research environment and interact with one or more of our research groups.

 Application Procedure

  1. Identify a potential research project/topic by looking through the information provided on our research division web pages, individual staff pages and potential projects/research areas.
  2. Contact the project supervisors to discuss your interest in the project.  It is very important that you make contact with a potential supervisor in advance of applying to undertake the project.
  3. If both you and the project supervisor are happy for you to proceeed with the application, apply online. The application can be found by selecting the correct division here.

You should upload all the documentation required but we will need a minimum of a CV and transcripts of your most recent degree before we can access your application. Make sure you note your potential project supervisor on the form.

This application is for admission to study only and the decision and offer is based on your academic achievements. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship you will need you need to complete one of these forms, depending on what you are applying for.

The deadline for applications wishing to be considered for a School Scholarship is 31 January 2020 - see details on Scholarships below. Scholarships are a competitive process and outcomes will be announced by March 2020.

If you are applying for a specific project that has been advertised please quote the code on the drop down on your application form.

If you have any questions about the research aspects of a specific project then please contact your potential project supervisor. If you have any more general questions about the application procedure, then please email


The majority of funding available in the School comes from EPSRC Doctoral Training Awards (DTA's). Eligibility rules cover these awards.

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay, and;
  • Been "ordinarily resident" in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences), and;
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

There are also limited funds available for scholarships for home/EU and overseas students made available from School and College funding. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship you will need complete this .

China Scholarships Council (CSC) Fee Waiver

Each year the School has a number of these Scholarships to offer.  For an October 2020 start this will be up to 4.  To be considered for this, we require the 2020 CSC Support application form to be completed, enclosing only a letter of support from your potential project supervisor and sending to the email address on the form.  Candidates who are new to the University are strongly preferred, as are those whose home institutions is a strategic partner.  The deadline for CSC Scholarship applications is 31 January 2020.