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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

PhD
Candidates carry out original research within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the areas of three research centres.

Key Information

Start date

Research students may commence their degree studies in October or February.

Duration

The duration of this course is generally 3-4 years.

Fees

UK/EU

Full-time: £4,500 per year

Part-time: £2,250 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £9,600 per year

Part-time: £4,800 per year

Overview

Candidates carry out original research within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the areas of three research centres:

Examples of recent PhD theses:

  • Papageorgiou, Athanasios. (2009) Strong Stability of Internal Systems Descriptions
    Ahmadi, Reza (2011). Modelling Intensity Control and Stopping Time In Maintenance Optimization
  • Chester, Matthew James (2010). Using municipal solid waste composition data to estimate the carbon footprint of managing UK MSW: A method to assist waste management firms with strategic planning and compliance with emerging EU legislation
  • Sagianos, Evangelos (2009). Structural identification and the optimal assignment problem.
  • Mr Christou, Dimitrios (2011).  Approximate algebraic computations and ERES methodology.
  • Jahromizadeh, Soroush (2012). Joint Rate Control and Scheduling for Providing Bounded Delay with High Efficiency in Multihop Wireless Networks
  • Grigoriou, Giorgos (2012). Structure Evolving Systems: Model Structure Evolution and System Properties.
  • Zhou, Long (2010). Smart grid analysis with particular references to power quality and load forecast
  • Qureshi, Hassaan (2011). Graph-Theoretic Channel Modelling and Topology Controls for Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Kaed Bey, S.K. (2009). Frequency rule mining for effective protein-protein interaction  inference from gene expression and protein structures.
  • Kantartzis, Panagiotis. (2011). Multilevel soft-field tomography
  • Couppis, Andreas (2012). In-vitro and In-vivo investigations on myocardial ablation and atherosclerotic plaque erosion modeling utilizing high intensity focus ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Hickey, Michelle (2010). A new fibre optic photoplethysmographic sensor for the assessment of splanchnic organ perfusion
  • Kerrouche, A.F. (2009). Fibre optic distributed sensors systems for structural health monitoring.
  • Tanvir, Huda Muhammed (2012). Finite Element Characterisation of Terahertz Waveguides and Devices
  • Williams, Jonathan (2011). Realisation of quantum standards for electrical metrology and their role in the SI
  • Pearce, Oliver (2011). Systems analysis of the techno-economic investment required for coal generation with carbon capture and storage
  • Jame May (2013). Investigation of Oesophageal and Fontanel Arterial and Venous Oxygen Saturations in Neonates and Infants Utilising Miniature Optical Photometric Sensors

Requirements

Entry requirements

A good first class honours degree in Electrical, Electronic Engineering, Physics or Mathematics from a UK university or a recognised equivalent from an overseas institution. Most areas also require an appropriate Masters qualification, or equivalent degree. If your undergraduate degree is not of a first class pass or equivalent an MSc with Distinction is required.

English requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, proof of English language proficiency will be required. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Please note that the UK Border Agency currently requires us to confirm that you are at level B2 or above in all components of English before issuing visa documents.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Structure

The research in the Department is organised around two Research Centres on Sensors and Instrumentation and Systems and Control.

Research Areas

The Sensors and Instrumentation Centre has an established international reputation in the areas of measurement and instrumentation, sensor development, optical systems and photonics, computer vision, medical imaging and biomedical engineering. The work builds on advanced experimental and theoretical developments to meet current sensing challenges from industry and clinical practice.

The Centre comprises research activity in the areas of sensing and photonics and biomedical engineering. It has particular expertise in novel optical fibre-based sensor design, fabrication and implementation, biomedical diagnostics, medical imaging and pattern recognition, photonics modelling, microelectronics, instrumentation and signal processing.

The Systems and Control Centre activities address the challenge of complexity in engineering and general processes and have extended the control and systems approaches to challenging problems in the Design, Operations, Risk and Management of Industrial Processes, as well as new fields of applications such as Energy, Environment, and Security. Its central goal is the development of methodologies that enable the management of complexity in engineering processes.  Applications are supported by basic research in Mathematical Systems and Control Theory, Optimization, Linear Algebra and Computations.

Funding options

  • Full-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Part-time EU: £2,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £9,600 per year
  • Part-time Non EU: £4,800 per year

Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.

Support

Supervision

Students are assigned to a lead and secondary supervisor within a Research Group, then assigned to the Research Centre of the Primary Supervisor. The Research Centre supports the PhD candidate with training and development.

Students are strongly encouraged to widen their horizons by attending in-house seminars and participate in relevant courses from the MSc programmes as recommended by their supervisor. Participation in theme-oriented study groups and presentation of their own work in a seminar after the first year is required and students are also strongly encouraged to present their work regularly.

After the first year, the Department offers the opportunity for PhD students to gain teaching experience and improve their communication skills by tutoring undergraduate students. Assignments depend on progression and are co-ordinated by the Head of Department in liaison with supervisors.

Research Environment

City provides:

  • Broad training on research methods
  • communication and presentation skills
  • an introduction to the research degree framework
  • online research skills support
  • two researcher development days per year
  • an annual research symposium.

Further support for the development of generic research skills and personal transferable skills is provided by the City Graduate School, founded in August 2012, which among other objectives aims to facilitate cross-School collaboration and improve skills training provision and employability.

Student progression is closely monitored by the Graduate School's senior tutor for research through annual progress reports and by means of a recently introduced software system (the Research and Progress platform), whose use is mandatory for both supervisors and students. The system involves PhD students in the management of their own research projects with a flexible approach according to individual student needs. Key milestones are recorded, with required reporting on at least four meetings per term, an initial six-month report, an annual progress report, details of progression from MPhil to PhD status, intention to submit and transfer to writing-up status no later than year four.

How to apply

How to Apply

We accept applications on an ongoing basis for entry in October, January and April. You are advised to submit your application at least six weeks before your proposed start date in order for us to consider and process your application. Once you have identified a supervisor who will accept to guide you through your research, please submit the following documents:

  • PhD application form
  • A three page Research Proposal (See our detailed guidance on writing a research proposal)
  • Copies of your degree transcripts and certificates (originals or certified copies). If your applications is successful, we will need to see the original hard copies before a final offer is made.
  • Two reference letters from at least one academic staff, sent from an office work email (not private) to pgr.smcse.enquire@city.ac.uk.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (minimum 6.5 IELTS) if English is not your first language.

Please note that we will not consider incomplete applications.

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