Research activities within the aerospace and aviation engineering degree programmes at Brunel cover a wide ranging and diverse field of topics. Academic staff involved within these programmes investigate fundamental and complex problems relating to aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, flight physics and performance, helicopter rotor dynamics and structural mechanics together with Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Elements Analysis code development and application. Research opportunities for students Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students. Doctoral research information How to apply for a PhD View list of PhDs in this area Research in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering Find people, projects, groups and publications in aerospace and aviation engineering and read more about related research to this area. Browse research projects Meet our experts 69% of our Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering research is world leading or internationally excellent Aeronautics Research Archive Browse our collection of research outputs including PhD theses Institute of Materials and Manufacturing The Institute's research aims to improve the performance of materials and structures, including their design, manufacturing, integrity and use, through a combined theoretical approach. Institute of Energy Futures The Institute of Energy Futures has a holistic approach to the energy costs of food distribution, bringing together researchers from a range of disciplines, as well as mainstream engineering research. National Structural Integrity Research Centre As a lead academic partner in the NSIRC our research focuses on design of new and assessment of existing real world materials and structures characterised by design, manufacture and maintenance imperfections. Automotive Hub Our industry-focused expertise is supporting the future development of new transport technologies, helping address the challenges of producing cleaner, more efficient vehicles and fuels along with integrated intelligent transport systems.