Electronic and Electrical Engineering MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Communications and information systems: telecommunication networks and services; wireless communications; IP networks; sensor networks; information security and retrieval
  • Electronic materials and devices: optical materials and electronic devices; quantum nanoelectronics; diamond electronics; laser processing; resistive switching
  • Optical networks: optoelectronic devices and systems; large scale optical networks; dense WDM optically routed networks; optical packet networks; high speed optical systems
  • Photonics: ultrafast photonic devices; wireless over fibre devices and systems; photonic generation of THz signals; advanced liquid crystal devices; uncooled and coherent wavelength division multiplex technology
  • Sensors, systems and circuits: radar and sonar; antennas and EM modelling; medical electronics; RFID systems; IC design.

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Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. The qualification may be in any relevant subject, e.g. electronic engineering, communication engineering, computer science, chemistry, materials science (the latter two for electronic materials research).

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


A number of competitive EPSRC studentships are normally available for candidates liable to pay fees at the UK/ EU rate. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) also awards competitive scholarships for graduate study

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the departmental pages.

Scholarships available for this department

AHW Beck Memorial Scholarship

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Many of our recent PhD graduates have taken up positions as postdoctoral researchers at leading universities, whilst others continue their research careers in industry (Nokia UK, Qinetiq). A significant number use the PhD as a stepping stone to careers in other sectors, including management consultancy and finance. Several have started up their own businesses and become successful entrepreneurs.


Our research students are in high demand post-graduation, going on to take up careers in industry, in academic research as postdoctoral researchers, and in many cases continuing to permanent academic positions at such institutions as the University of Liverpool; Queen Mary, University of London; University of British Columbia; Aston University; City University and the University of Hokkaido. Many of our students have taken up senior positions in industry at such companies as Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia-Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, and some have taken up Directorships. Several graduates have been awarded prestigious fellowships, including Leverhulme Trust Early Career Awards and EPSRC Fellowships.


Our doctoral students engage widely with the world outside academia via mechanisms including Knowledge Transfer (KT) programmes, public engagement, and outreach activities. In the former case, we have seconded students to collaborating companies via KT studentships to carry out highly industrially relevant work and the students are often employed by the company at the end of their PhD. Students are required to present posters at the Unit’s annual Barlow & Mildner lectures during each of the three years of their PhD study, offering networking opportunities with senior academic and industrial partners.

Next steps


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