Postgraduate research study

The James Watt 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.  Candidates with a good first degree or equivalent qualifications in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical disciplines are especially welcome.

The School has five research divisions each of which recruits well qualified students in a broad range of subject areas.  These are listed below with incoming Higher Education CAH codes and will help you identify which division would suit you best.  Of course you may want to try something different from your undergraduate or masters-level studies, so please do explore our project lists linked under each divisional heading.

If you satisfy our conditions of admission, you will be enrolled on an engineering only CAH code to ensure you graduate with an engineering doctorate.

Autonomous Systems and Connectivity

This division recruits applicants with a good first degree or equivalent in:

CAH10-01-01 - Engineering

CAH10-01-02 - Mechanical Engineering

CAH10-01-04 - Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering

CAH10-01-08 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

CAH10-03-02 - Materials Technology

CAH11-01-02 - Information Technology

CAH11-01-03 - Information Systems

CAH11-01-04 - Software Engineering

CAH11-01-05 - Artificial Intelligence

See Autonomous Systems and Connectivity for information on possible research topics and projects. 

Biomedical Engineering

This division recruits applicants with a good first degree or equivalent in:

CAH10-01-01 - Engineering

CAH10-01-06 - Bioengineering, Medical and Biomedical Engineering

CAH10-01-02 - Mechanical Engineering

CAH10-01-08 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

CAH10-01-09 - Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering

CAH10-03-02 - Materials Technology

CAH07-01-01 - Physics

CAH07-02-01 - Chemistry

See Biomedical Engineering for information on possible research topics and projects. 

Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering

This division recruits applicants with a good first degree or equivalent in:

CAH10-01-01 - Engineering

CAH10-01-08 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

CAH10-03-02 - Materials Technology

CAH11-01-02 - Information Technology

CAH11-01-04 - Software Engineering

CAH07-01-01 - Physics

See Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering for information on possible research topics and projects. 

Infrastructure and Environment

This division recruits applicants with a good first degree or equivalent in:

CAH10-01-01 - Engineering

CAH10-01-07 - Civil Engineering

CAH10-03-02 - Materials Technology

CAH11-01-04 - Software Engineering

CAH11-01-05 - Artificial Intelligence

CAH03-01-03 - Ecology and Environmental Biology

CAH07-01-01 - Physics

CAH07-02-01 - Chemistry

CAH09-01-01 - Mathematics

See Infrastructure and Environment for information on possible research topics and projects. 

Systems Power and Energy

This division recruits applicants with a good first degree or equivalent in:

CAH10-01-01 - Engineering

CAH10-01-02 - Mechanical Engineering

CAH10-01-04 - Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering

CAH10-01-06 - Bioengineering, Medical and Biomedical Engineering

CAH10-01-08 - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

CAH10-01-09 - Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering

CAH10-03-02 - Materials Technology

CAH11-01-04 - Software Engineering

See Systems Power and Energy for information on possible research topics and projects

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. As an Athena SWAN Silver Award holder, the School of Engineering has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society.

Academic 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. Submit your application through the relevant Research Division on the main University webpage.  University of Glasgow - Postgraduate study - Research opportunities A-Z

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 also need to complete and submit a Scholarship Application Form - see details below.

Scholarship information and scholarship application procedure

We have a limited number of Scholarships (both EPSRC and School funded) to offer to excellent candidates.   Please not that the Scholarship closing date has now passed and the next round of Scholarships will be advertised in the Autumn.

To be considered for a Scholarship applicants must complete an academic application (see Application Procedure) AND send a Scholarship Application Form with a letter of support from your potential supervisor by the closing date.  Scholarships are available for Home and International students.

 

Doctoral Training Awards (DTAs)

The majority of funding available in the School comes from EPSRC Doctoral Training Awards (DTA's). Please see the UKRI website for further information on eligiblity for studentship funding.

CSC Scholarship

If you wish to apply for a CSC Scholarship you must indicate this on your academic application form and follow the instructions at the following page: https://www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/thechinascholarshipcouncil/ The closing date is 31 January 2022.  Applications can take up to two weeks to go live on the admission system so we advise that you apply in advance of the closing date.  No separate Scholarship application form is required.