- The NRPhD programme is offered in Electronic & Computer Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) , Mechanical Engineering and Design. For further information please see Graduate School webpages and view the NRPhD Brochure.
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Alongside the Graduate School's researcher development programme, research students in the School of Engineering & Design are provided with research training within their discipline-areas. The School provides high quality research training in a stimulating, intellectually-intensive environment. The School also provides a spectrum of advanced engineering software training.
Conference funding Opportunities
Students are actively encouraged to present at disciplinary research seminars, and to participate in national and international academic conferences. The School has introduced a programme and can provide some financial support to students presenting papers at conferences.
Reports and Photos of Research Students awarded funding for external conferences
The School also organises an internal conference where research students are invited to present oral and poster presentations. This has now become an annual event in the School calendar.
PhD student Jurriath (Angela) Azmathi Mumith
"So being a PhD student and being a part of the school of engineering and design gives you a lot of opportunities. One example is that we are bombarded with the amount of courses and training that we’re exposed to and this is to help us to carry out our PhD and to complete our PhD. It can vary from general transferable skills to training in specific software. Another thing I really love about being a PhD student and what I think is one of the greatest aspects of it is that we get the opportunity to present our research at international forums and conferences and this gives us an opportunity to mingle with the experts in our field and be a part of the international academic community. The school of engineering and design provides us and gives us every opportunity with financial assistance to enable us to go to these amazing events, though I have to admit this is something that I am really looking forward to doing, going to my first international conference".
PhD student Basel Abu Jamous
“When I was offered to do this funded PhD degree at the School of Engineering and Design here at Brunel University I had a quick look at the profile of the School online and asked some people who know the school and know what the school was doing. It was clear from what I saw in that profile that there is a lot of enthusiasm, motivation and vision in the School. They are trying to see where the school is going to in the future. They are trying to take the school to being one of the highest and best schools in the UK. It is now one of the best schools in the Uk but they are always aiming high. One of the things is there is a wide range of projects that are dealing with a lot of different sub areas within engineering and design. They are open minded to collaboration with other universities and institutes in the UK and outside of the UK under the supervision of many highly experience professors and researchers. One example of those collaborations is the project that I am working on which is a collaborative project between the universities of Oxford, Bristol and Brunel. So this has been a very excellent atmosphere to do research in".
PhD student Ben Moxey
"There is great staff and great knowledge, something you don’t realise as an undergraduate is how much knowledge the lecturers actually have. You just think they’re a teacher but what they actually are is world renowned lecturers and researchers in their field. Great technician support as well, there are very old buildings at Brunel but the technicians do a great job of packing the research facilities that we need around the old buildings. You also get great support from all the other staff as well. I am lucky enough to be sponsored by the Thomas Gerald Gray Trust and they help give you not only financial support but I also get communication with my trustees as well, and a presentation once a year which just adds to the experience and the benefit as well".
The School of Engineering and Design offers a wide range of research programmes in a stimulating and supportive environment. We have an international reputation for fundamental and applied research in many areas of electronic and computer engineering; mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering; design; advanced manufacturing engineering and management; and civil engineering and built environment.
Research programmes offered in the School of Engineering and Design include MPhil, PhD and New Route PhD. Applicants for all research programmes will normally be expected to hold a good honours degree in a relevant academic discipline.
Research activities and projects in the School are mainly carried out in collaboration with partners from industry, as well as universities and scientific organisations in the UK and abroad. We receive research funding from the EPSRC, TSB, European Union, Governmental departments and a large number of industrial companies. This informs the relevance and direction of our research, and enables us to provide a wide range of collaborative opportunities and challenging research experiences for our students.
To remain at the forefront of developments, we adopt a flexible structure which provides the ability to form smaller groups from across the School and across the University to address research challenges and emerging technologies in a fast developing multidisciplinary environment.
Our students benefit from an international community of researchers from many countries and will have access to sophisticated, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. They will form part of a vibrant research culture, contribute to the School annual research conference, be encouraged to present their results at external conferences and engage fully with the activities of their research groups.
How to Apply
How to Apply
You may apply online for research programmes in the School of Engineering & Design. Please select the programme you wish to apply for then follow the instructions. If you are unable to use the online facility, or have any difficulties, please Contact Admissions.
In order to fully complete the application process, you will also need to submit the following documents with the completed application form:
- A research proposal following the School’s guidelines – see instructions.
- Copies of transcripts and/or certificates of previous higher education qualifications.
- 2 satisfactory references (at least one of which must be academic). For the online form you will be asked to provide the email addresses of your referees and we will email them directly.
- For EU/International students only: Certified proof of English language, further information available: English language requirements
- Full details of your employment and education history.
- For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org