Research course

Energy and Electronic Engineering (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Engineering

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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


Course content

If you're ready to take your expertise in Electronic Engineering into a postgraduate research degree, then Portsmouth is the perfect place to fulfil your ambitions.
Our Electronic Engineering research brings together researchers with expertise in electrical power systems, renewable energy, control systems, robotics, intelligent systems and signal processing. When you join us as a postgraduate research degree student, you'll play your part in helping us find new ways of improving the efficiency, sustainability, security and reliability of our power grid.
Our work is already making an impact – from improving the safety of nuclear power plants in India, to pioneering the adoption of clean solar energy in the 2 seas region of northern Europe, to developing an energy autonomous community on the Isle of Wight.

Support and facilities
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
As a postgraduate researcher with us, you can use equipment for real-time control, including hardware-in-the loop (HIL) simulator, generators and electric motors, digital signal processing equipment, industrial robot arms, robotic hands and prosthesis, as well as autonomous aerial vehicles.
What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?
Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
Current research
Take a closer look at the research we're doing within our Energy and Electronic Engineering area of expertise.
Our research looks at the following topics
  • Control systems – These govern, or regulate, how a process behaves over time. For example automobiles, aircraft, robotic arms and power grids are full of control systems which are needed for their safe and stable operation. Our research develops methods for computational optimal control, fault tolerant control, nonlinear control, fault diagnosis and state estimation. This enhances the operation and safety of processes and systems, for example in nuclear power plants, energy storage systems, autonomous aerial vehicles, and robotic prosthesis.
  • Intelligent systems – This refers to the theory and application of systems that perceive, reason, learn, and act intelligently to achieve their objectives. We're exploring ways of using machine learning for autonomous driving, as well as anomaly detection in industrial systems, such as marine engines and trains.
  • Signal and image processing – This is the theory and practice of algorithms and hardware that convert signals produced by artificial or natural means into a form that can be used for a specific purpose. We're addressing challenges and developing methods in the areas of digital signal processing, image and video compression, classification, analysis and processing, and speech.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions team
023 9284 5566