PhD opportunities

University of Bristol Engineering is ranked top 7 in the UK (THE analysis of REF 2021). It is recognised internationally and nationally for its originality, significance and rigour.

University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarships

In addition to specific PhD opportunities listed in the table below, the Faculty of Engineering is pleased to offer 22 fully funded scholarships.

‌Engineering Research scholarships and PhD vacancies 

These include EPSRC Industrial CASE and Interdisciplinary scholarships.

Quicklinks: Aerospace > Computer Science > Electrical and Electronic >
Engineering Mathematics > Mechanical Engineering>

Follow the links for full informationAcademic(s)/Research GroupDeadline/start date

Aerospace

Compression Failure in Fibre Reinforced Composites (PDF, 180kB) Prof Richard Trask
Bristol Composites Institute
Available Now
Aerodynamics and Noise of Next-Generation Distributed Propulsion System (PDF, 247kB) Dr Nick Zang  From: Sept 2022
Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustic Simulation of Urban Air Mobility Systems (PDF, 219kB) Dr Beckett Zhou
Prof Mahdi Azarpeyvand 
Flexible from Sept 2022
Engineering Doctorates in Composte Material, Mechanics, Design and Manufacture (PDF, 240kB) Bristol Composites Institute and National Composites Centre Flexible from Sept 2022
Civil Engineering

Investigation of Offshore Pile Foundations under operational and extreme loading (PDF, 183kB) Dr Tingfa Liu / Dr Andrea Diambra From Sept 2022

Computer Science

Machine Learning for Fine Grained Video and Multimodal Understanding (PDF, 166kB) Prof Dima Damen / Dr Michael Wray From May 2023
Identifying Networks and Neurochemical Mechanisms for Working Memory Deficits (PDF, 189kB) Dr Sean Froudist-Walsh From Jan 2023

Electrical and Electronic Engineering   

End-to-End Dynamic and Entanglement based Quantum Networking (PDF, 321kB) Prof Reza Nejabati
High Performance Network Group
Available Now
MyWorld: End-to-End Learned Video Compression (PDF, 314kB) Prof David Bull
Visual Information Laboratory
From Sept 2022
MyWorld/BT iCASE: Volumetric Video Compression (PDF, 384kB) Prof David Bull
Visual Information Laboratory
From Sept 2022
MyWorld/BBC iCASE:Low Light Fusion and Autofocus for Advanced Wildlife Coverage (PDF, 321kB) Prof David Bull
Visual Information Laboratory
From Sept 2022
MyWorld/Netflix: Deep Video Coding for AOM/AV2 (PDF, 314kB) Prof David Bull
Visual Information Laboratory
From Sept 2022
MyWorld: Intelligent Cinematography (PDF, 322kB) Prof David Bull
Visual Information Laboratory
From Sept 2022
MyWorld: Peripheral Vision and Coding (PDF, 325kB) Prof David Bull
Visual Information Laboratory
From Sept 2022
MyWorld: Intelligent Low Light Denoising, Colorisation Enhancement (PDF, 319kB) Prof David Bull
Visual Information Laboratory
From Sept 2022
Holistic Optimisation of Power Electronic Converters for Electric Vehicles (PDF, 219kB) Dr Ian Laird
Electrical Energy Management Group
From: Sept 2022
Electrical Insulation Coatings for Additively Manufactured Electrical Machines (PDF, 257kB)

Dr Nick Simpson
Electrical Energy Management Group

From Sept 2022
Quantum Network for Distributed Quantum Computing (PDF, 281kB) Prof Reza Nejabati
Smart Internet Lab
High Performance Network Group
From Sept 2022

Engineering Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Energy Sensing for Advanced Manufacturing (PDF, 242kB) Dr Maria Valero / Dr James Kratz From October 2022
Data Science for Improved Ultrasonic Measurement of Corrosion (PDF, 194kB)

Prof Anthony Croxford
Ultrasonics and NDT Group

From Sept 2022

Research group PhDs

Other PhD opportunities may be available directly through research groups and advertised on their websites.

Find research group PhDs

China Scholarship Council/University of Bristol PhD Scholarship

Fully funded PhD scholarships for Chinese students to carry out research at the University of Bristol.

Bristol alumni discount

From August 2022, University of Bristol alumni can get a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study.

Centres for Doctoral Training

Awards from The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recognise Bristol's academic excellence and multi-disciplinary research environment. Find out more about funded PhD programmes.

Contact us

If you have any questions about funding please contact the relevant school office:

School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (CAME)
came-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Engineering Mathematics (SCEEM)
sceem-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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