Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.
Please familiarise yourself with the research that is conducted at Brunel and decide where your own research would best fit. Below is a list of broad subject areas where students can conduct their research.
Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering
PhD Enquiries Contact Details
All PhD programmes are administered by the Postgraduate Programmes Office in Colleges. Once you have identified your area of research and a potential supervisor, please use the contact details below for enquiries. You may also approach your potential supervisor directly.
PhD Enquiries: Cbassfirstname.lastname@example.org
PGR Programme Manager: Ms Sue Ramus
PGR Programmes Administrator Mr Adrian Wilson
PGR Programme Administrator: Ms Roz Potter
PGR Programme Administrator: Ms Donna White
PGR Programme Manager: Amanda Castle
PGR Programme Administrator: Mrs Julie Bradshaw
PhD Enquiries: email@example.com
Electrical and Computer Engineering PGR Programmes Administrator: Ms Lisa McCarthy
Mechanical and Civil Engineering PGR Programmes Administrator: Agnieszka Guzal
Design, BCAST, BIB, ETC, Wolfson, Advance Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering PGR Programmes Administrator: Miranda Creaser
Computer Science PGR Programmes Administrator: Ela Heaney
Mathematics PGR Programmes Administrator: Frances Foster
Research Programmes Explained
The 'traditional' PhD involves an in-depth exploration of a research topic. The degree is awarded to students who demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their discipline together with a distinct and original contribution to knowledge within that discipline. Both full-time (over 3-4 years) and part-time (over 4-8 years) study routes are available.
As part of practice-based PhDs students can present evidence of knowledge, understanding and originality through the medium of creative work (for example a substantial piece of creative writing, musical composition or practical performance in dance or drama), supported by an appropriate critical written commentary.
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic in less depth than a PhD and is typically studied over a shorter period (1-year full-time). Unlike a PhD, MPhil students are not required to demonstrate a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in their discipline. Students may choose to register for an MPhil as a stand-alone qualification.
Brunel Integrated PhD
Brunel is one of a number of leading UK universities, committed to international excellence in postgraduate training, that offers the New Route programme. This is an integrated 4-year PhD that combines research with a structured programme of advanced training in discipline-specific and generic skills.
A Master of Research degree can typically be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as the first stage of a 1-year PhD programme. It comprises a blend of taught modules in research-focused skills an knowledge with a specialised dissertation. Brunel currently offers MRes degrees in the following subject areas: Bioengineering, Social Anthropology.