Research course

Systems Power and Energy

University of Glasgow · College of Science and Engineering
PhDEngDMSc by researchMPhil

Entry requirements


A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Systems, Power and Energy research within the School of Engineering is tackling many strategic and challenging areas of research in energy, ultrasonics, material and manufacture, space systems and science and music.

Our research is interdisciplinary, pulling together experts across a range of different fields to collaborate on industrial-focussed challenges.

We have collaborations in energy, space systems, healthcare, bioengineering, nanotechnologies and automotive engineering.

Research areas


  • Renewables of high thermal efficiency
  • Decarbonised fossil fuels
  • High efficiency energy conversion processes
  • Safe and clean nuclear energy
  • Sensing and simulation of energy systems

More information: Energy


  • Ultrasonics in medicine and surgery
  • Power ultrasonics applications
  • Ultrasonic transducers and devices

More information: Ultrasonics

Materials, Design and Manufacturing

  • Composite Materials
  • Advanced Manufacture
  • Computer-Automated Design (CAutoD)

More information: Materials, Design and Manufacturing

Space Systems

  • Planetary exploration and science
  • Debris mitigation
  • Space power systems
  • Orbital dynamics, control and formation flight

More information: Space Systems

Science & Music

  • Empirical Musicology: Gesture and Structure
  • Rehearsal and Analysis Tools for Microtonal Performance
  • Computer Representations of Musical Performances

More information: Science and Music

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

View a full list of our current scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


part time
96 months
full time
48-60 months

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
36-48 months

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