Research course

General Engineering

University of Leicester · Department of Engineering

Entry requirements

A first or good 2nd-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or a qualification recognised by the university as equivalent. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not lived in a country where the first language is English for at least three years, immediately prior to the commencement of study, will be required to demonstrate that their English is at an appropriate level before registering.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Engineering has a vibrant community of postgraduate research students, who benefit from the world-leading expertise and experience of its academic staff. Postgraduate research students in the Department undertake intellectually stimulating and cutting-edge research during their programme.

PhD programmes typically take place over three years of full-time registration, and most of the postgraduate students in the Department are on this programme of study. Some students may opt for an MPhil programme, which is normally two years of full-time registration. Applications are also welcome from students who may wish to study on a part-time basis.

Academics in the Department are happy to discuss research ideas, and the development of personal statements with prospective students. The research group webpages will offer an insight into the areas of research that are currently undertaken within the Department. A list of academic staff in the Department can be found here. If you are interested in the research of a particular academic and would like to work with them as part of your postgraduate research, please contact them directly.

Department specialisms

Bioengineering; Transducers and Signal Processing; Control Systems; Electrical and Electronics Power Engineering; Mechanics of Materials; Radio Systems; Thermofluids and Environmental Engineering; Chemical sensors; Embedded systems; Software Engineering; Quality and Reliability Management.

Information for international students

A majority of the department's postgraduate population are international, coming from China, Germany, Guyana, Colombia, Mexico, India, Italy, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore.

Fees and funding

The Department may have Studentships or Scholarships available for postgraduate research study. Research Studentships, when available, are advertised on the Postgraduate Funding Opportunities page. Please check this page periodically to keep an eye on any new opportunities that may arise.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Mrs Michelle Pryce
+ 44 (0) 116 252 5069