Research course

Power Networks

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement is a First Class or Upper Second class honours degree or overseas equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks is designed to enable those wishing to study for a PhD in this area to further their research interests while developing a wider understanding of the sector and the personal skills to further their careers.The Centre will help ensure future networks support the electrification of energy, especially heat and transport, and encourage greater use of low carbon energy sources.

To meet these challenges engineers, scientists, mathematicians, social scientists and business experts have been brought together to solve our future problems in: power network design, operation and management; effect of changing energy demands on networks, and the role of planning, governance and cross-cutting technologies.

To enable this broad interdisciplinary approach our research is organised into four broad themes: Electrical power network design, operation and management ; Power network operation, planning and governance ; Changes to the pattern of energy demands and their effect on the power network and Cross-cutting technologies

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English need to achieve a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no individual score lower than 5.5), Cambridge Proficiency minimum level C or TOEFL iBT 100+. Students who have been in full-time higher education in the UK for 3 years or more are exempt from this requirement.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Standard £22,000; Band B £23,000; Band C £24,000; Band D £26,000

Scholarships are available for UK and EU students. These scholarships pay all tuition fees and a full enhanced stipend for 4 years. We are looking for candidates with backgrounds in the following: Engineering: Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Civil Mathematics Physics Chemistry Computer Science Geography/Planning Economics/Business Other subject areas of relevance and importance to the future Power Networks sector.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science and Engineering
+44 (0)161 306 4579