Research course

Energy and Electronic Engineering

University of Portsmouth · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

The Department of Engineering conducts research in response to practical demands in defence, healthcare, manufacturing, marine and service industries, which is supported by grants from the EPSRC, the MRC, the Royal Society, EU, MOD, industry and UK charities. Our ever-evolving range of specialist areas leads research students to successful professional engineering and technological careers.

Our students come from all over the UK and many other parts of the world. They are conducting research on a range of subjects including electronics, computer engineering, control and automation, telecommunications, data communications, computer networks and internet technology. Research in the field of Engineering can also be linked to: Computer Science, and Civil Engineering and Surveying.



The Advanced Materials & Manufacturing (AMM) Research Group was formed in September 2017 by the strategic merger of three of the research groups in the School of Engineering, namely; Advanced Polymers and Composites (APC), Engineering Research and Innovation for Industrial Applications; and Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (MMB).

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing research and development activities include analysis, characterisation, formulation, manufacturing, design, modelling, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, testing, repair, structural integrity evaluation, applications and knowledge transfer of advanced materials and manufacturing.

Materials include, but are not limited to, biomechanics, ceramics, woods, metals and alloys, composites (conventional/synthetic, sustainable/natural/biocomposites & hybrid composites), polymers/plastics (thermosets and thermoplastics). Research areas include tension, compression, bending, impact, stress, strain, torsion, buckling, fatigue, fracture, thermal, vibration, and absorption of materials and components.

AMM research group has well-equipped laboratories with a range of facilities for R&D in advanced materials and manufacturing.

The AMM Research Group seeks to maintain the track record that it has inherited of attracting funding from government agencies, industrial bodies and charities, which include: EPSRC, European funding, Industrial collaborations, Industrial strategy challenge fund, Royal Society, UK charities, MRC, Innovate UK.

Prior to merging, work has been carried out for over 30 years with collaborators, including Rolls-Royce, GKN Westland Aerostructures and NHS hospitals, among others.

Similarly, the merged groups have successfully provided services and consultancies to companies such as BVT, Thales, Safeguard, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pall Europe, TWI, PERA, Univar Europe, Halyard, LaFarge, Materials Technology Ltd, Gurit, Xyratex, to mention but a few.


The group is multidisciplinary and incorporates interests in bio-solid and bio-fluid mechanics, biomimetics, biological and medical imaging, biomaterials and advanced modelling and simulation. Facilities are state-of-the-art and exploit the latest in manufacturing technology, predominantly using 3D printing, as well as the recently established Zeiss Global Centre to support 3D microCT imaging and numerical/FE modelling capacity.

Specific solutions the group provides include understanding the function of biological systems in healthy and diseased conditions, multi-scale modelling of structure-function relationships in tissues complemented by novel bioimaging, and the manufacture of bioinspired structures and their optimisation for conventional and translational engineering applications.

The group has established links with key strategic partners including Diamond Light Source, Carl Zeiss Ltd., Glaxo Smith Klein, the National Heart and Lung Institute, and the Royal National Orthopaedic and Queen Alexandra Hospitals. The group has attracted funding from the Royal Society as well as from Research councils such as the EPSRC and STFC.


There are four research groups in Intelligent and Networked Systems : Engineering Education; Intelligent and Autonomous Systems; Systems Engineering; Telecommunications and Networked Systems.


The Thermo-Fluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering research group includes: Computational Fluid Mechanics, Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer, Thermal and Renewable Energy Systems, and Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Flow Assurance.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions team
023 9284 5566