Research course

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

University of Strathclyde · Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

First or upper-second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant engineering, physical sciences or technology-based discipline.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the leading departments of its kind, internationally recognised for its research excellence, industry engagement and first-class teaching programmes.

We are 1st in Scotland, 3rd in the UK for our research quality, with all our activities driven by two broad-based research Institutes of over 60 academic staff and more than 220 researchers.

· Institute for Energy and Environment

· Institute for Sensors, Signals and Communications

These reflect our breadth, diversity and vision, and underpin our taught programmes and knowledge exchange activities. Their expertise spans power and energy, telecommunications, signals, ultrasonics, microsystems, photonics and control systems. Both Institutes collaborative extensively with key UK and global Business, Industry and Government partners, and are host to a number of world-class industry engagement research centres & facilities (IERCs). These include:

■■ The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) – Europe’s first research centre dedicated to the development and demonstration of ‘smart-grid’ technologies

■■ Two EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT), offering advanced research study opportunities in Wind and Marine Energy Systems, and Future Power Networks and Smart Grids

■■ The UK’s FIRST Technology Transfer Laboratory dedicated to Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation research

■■ The Centre for White Space Communications, a multidisciplinary international centre, focusing on R & D in areas related to the White Space dynamic radio spectrum evolution.

Institute for Energy & Environment – is among Europe’s leading and largest power systems and energy technology university research groups. It delivers an extensive portfolio of fundamental, strategic and applied research, addressing the key technical, policy and economic aspects of energy systems. The portfolio is underpinned by five core areas of expertise:

■■ Advanced Electrical Systems and Power Systems

■■ High Voltage Technology and Electrical Plant Diagnostics

■■ Renewable Energy Technology

■■ Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion

■■ Industrial Control Systems

Research opportunities available include: Smart Grids; Wind Energy Technologies; Distributed Generation Technologies and Systems; Electronic Pasteurisation and Sterilisation Technologies; Condition Monitoring; Energy Markets and Economics; Active Network Management; Power Systems Protection, Automation and Analysis; Asset Management; Pulsed Power; Power Electronics and HVDC; Electrical Plant and Diagnostics; Non-linear control systems; Embedded and Real-time systems; Adaptive control tuning; and Neural Networks. It also offers a 4-year EngD in Nuclear Engineering.

Institute for Sensors, Signals and Communications incorporates four main research centres. From fundamental theory to practical applications, the Centres’ activities support the advancement of technologies and systems in sectors including healthcare, telecommunications, defence and the oil and gas industry.

■■ Centre for Excellence in Signal and Image Processing (CeSIP)

■■ Centre for Intelligent Dynamic Communications (CIDCOM)

■■ Centre for Microsystems and Photonics (CMP)

■■ Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE)

CeSIP has a world-class reputation for innovative research on new algorithms, architectures and challenging applications. Broad-ranging research opportunities exist within Biomedical Signal and Image Processing; Robotics; MIMO for Communication, Radar and Defence; Video Analytics and Surveillance; Speech Processing; Hyperspectral Imaging; Genomic Signal Processing, and multidimensional signal processing.

CIDCOM is active in determining applications of optical/wireless techniques in future network evolutions. The Centre’s activities are across key areas of (i) Mobile and wireless communications, (ii) Broadband and Optical Networks, and (iii) DSP Enabled Software Defined Radio. Research opportunities are available in optical sub-systems and devices; channel coding and equalisation; condition monitoring; FPGA systems design for software radio, wireless sensor networks; social media for ad-hoc networks, security for future networks, routing protocols; and wireless systems.

CMP specialises in optoelectronic and photonic sensors and systems, active and passive photonic devices, MEMS, microsystems, microfluidics, optofluidics and free-space microphotonics. Research opportunities exist within: Modelling and Engineering of Lasers; Optical MEMS and Systems Applications; Biomedical Sensing using Optical Waveguides; Optical Gas Sensing; Lab-on-a-Chip for Biomedical Research; and Laser Generated Ultrasound for Materials Testing.

CUE is internationally renowned for its research activities in ultrasonic technology development. It has expertise spanning ultrasonic transducer manufacture, system prototyping, instrumentation hardware, system simulation and data processing software. Research opportunities exist within specialised themes including: Non-Destructive Evaluation; Sonar; Materials for Ultrasonic Applications; Industrial Process Control; Modelling and Advanced Software; Transducers, and Bioacoustics.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, a recognised UKVI SELT with a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with all sub-bands at 5.5 must be demonstrated.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

An extensive range of funded research opportunities are available for well-qualified UK, EU and International applicants, including EPSRC DTAs, University scholarships and Department Engineering the Future studentships. These are available across all research themes within our two Institutes.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Elaine Black
0141 548 2170
0141 552 2487