Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route PhD) - Electronic and Computer Engineering

The discipline of Electronic and Computer Engineering is one of the largest in the University, with a portfolio of research contracts totalling £5.0 million, and strong links with industry.

This academic area has a wide range of groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:

  • Communications and Signal Processing;
  • Multimedia Systems and Parallel Computing Technology;
  • Power Systems and Control;
  • Sensors, Instrumentation and Radiation Effects (SIRE).

The laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. There are comprehensive computing resources within the Department in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The Department is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.

Brunel Information Technology Laboratory (BITLab), a postgraduate research facility supporting research in multimedia, 3D visualisation, holography, grid computing and animation, is based in Electronic and Computer Engineering.

This programme aims to educate graduates not only to the high academic standards expected from PhD research but also in generic personal, business and communication skills. Because it extends the usual PhD from three to four years, it develops an integrated range of skills and knowledge that both broaden and deepen the individual's subject expertise beyond the bounds of the usual research degree.

Major Research Areas

  • Networks and Multimedia Communications
  • Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Intelligent Systems


Your taught programme will promote critical analysis, independence of thought, an awareness of broader issues which create an impact on the environment of research and an understanding of subject-specific knowledge at the forefront of your discipline. The taught element will cover generic and research skills and discipline-specific modules as follows:

Module Code
Module Title
GS5525 Theory and Practise in Research 15
GS5527/31 Research Design, Methods and Analysis (Behavioural/Physical Sciences) 30
GS5530 Research Management, Leadership and Personal Development 15
GS5528 Academic Research Dissemination 15
GS5529 Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact 15
GS5526 Guided Study or Subject-specific modules 30
Total 120

This programme is designed to be flexible and meet your individual needs therefore the modules above may run over several consecutive years allowing you to negotiate your route through the programme in a way that best supports your individual development.

Discipline-specific modules

  • Data Communications
  • Computer Networks
  • Coding for compression and data security
  • Network planning
  • Satellite Optical and Mobile Communication
  • Multi-media Systems and Web Technology
  • Computer Architecture
  • Object-oriented Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Parallel Computer Architecture
  • Distributed Systems

Fees 2014/15

  • Home/EU: £8,250 full-time
  • Overseas: £20,000 full-time

Usual entry requirements
A good first degree or a Master's degree

Information about your studies

Brunel Integrated PhD (NewRoutePhD) Contact
Research Office Administrator
Tel +44 (0)1895 266876
Fax no +44 (0)1895 269797

Apply for this course online

Page last updated: Wednesday 03 September 2014