Research course

Integrative Sensing and Measurement

University of Edinburgh · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Entry is competitive, so we would prefer a UK 2:1 honours degree supported by an MSc degree, or a UK first class honours degree, or their international equivalents, in engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant physical science.

We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience, or a background in another field.

Months of entry


Course content

Integrative Sensing and Measurement is possibly the most fundamental scientific capability required and utilised by society. It impacts on all areas of life, from health and well being through design and manufacturing; security, transport, communications; to lifestyle and entertainment.

Students will become part of a world-leading, multidisciplinary research community, based in Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, that spans physics, engineering, chemistry and beyond. Research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensor modalities including electromagnetic, optical, chemical and electrochemical, mechanical and vibrometry
  • Biomedical and healthcare sensors, systems and applications
  • Micro and nanofabrication of sensors
  • Integration of sensors and sensor arrays with advanced electronics
  • Sensing for lab-on-a-chip and lab-in-a-pill applications

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Programme Director, Professor Ian Underwood
+44 (0)131 650 5631