Research course

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The University of Manchester · School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirements for a Doctorate level programme (e.g. PhD) it will be an Upper Second UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

The School has six research groups which reflect our vision of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Our research groups are as follows:

Microwave and Communication Systems (MACS)

The MACS group considers a wide range of advanced topics applicable to communications and radar; from highly mobile wireless networks, propagation, microwave and milli-metric components, through to digital signal processing, coding and signal analysis.

Control Systems (CS)

The CS group has an international reputation for its pioneering research in systems theory including the development of frequency domain design tools for multivariable systems, self-tuning and adaptive control and the use of symbolic algebra in the development of control algorithms.

Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing (SISP)

SISP pursues collaborative and cross-disciplinary research that exploits the complementary expertise in sensing, imaging and signal processing that is brought together in the group.

Electrical Energy and Power Systems (EEPS)

The EEPS group is at the forefront of research and teaching in the field of electric power engineering in the United Kingdom and internationally with its 10 permanent academic members of staff and its 30+ researchers.

Power Conversion (PC)

The efficient conversion & control of electrical energy is a vital infrastructure technology that underpins much of what we take for granted in an industrialised country; electricity generation & distribution, land, sea & air transport, computer & communications systems, & countless industrial processes.

Microelectronics and Nanostructures (M&N)

Our research activities cover a range of topics concerned with the fundamental materials and physics issues surrounding advanced semiconductor devices, novel high speed electronic and optoelectronic devices, and advanced sensors and systems.

Information for international students

You will need to be able to demonstrate competency in the English language and if do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a test such as:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-test of less than 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall with no sub-test of less than 22
  • Pearson PTE score of 59 overall with no sub-test of less than 51
  • Cambridge CPE grade C

If you do not currently have an English Language qualification at the required level then it may be possible to arrange a pre-sessional course, the duration of which will depend on your current English language qualification. For more information on the pre-sessional English language courses please visit the Universities Language Centre website.

Fees and funding

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

For scholarship opportunities see the Funded Projects page on the School website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
+44 (0) 161 306 4800