Postgraduate research in Engineering and Physical Sciences

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the postgraduate research opportunities available to applicants interested in Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Chemical Engineering:


Civil Engineering:

Computer Science:

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering:


Mechanical Engineering:

Metallurgy and Materials Engineering:

Physics and Astronomy:

Leading edge research is the core of what we do in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. By studying on our postgraduate research programmes, you’ll have access to a truly interdisciplinary research environment that has an impact across the world. We offer a range of PhD opportunities to suit individual research interests in vibrant research communities, as well as being home to a number of Centres for Doctoral Training in conjunction with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), allowing scientists and engineers to develop knowledge to take issues and future challenges.

Dr Robert NeelyDr Raya Al-Dadah, Janette LoweDr. Mike Jenkins, Professor Paula Mendes, Dr. Peter Hancox, Dr. Paramaconi Rodriguez and Professor Bill Chaplin will be available between 10:00-13:00 for the Live Q&A.

A number of our postgraduate mentors are part of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the School through our online platform.

More information about postgraduate study in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Robert Neely

    Robert is part of the Physical Science for Health Centre for Doctoral Training. (Live Q&A 10:00-11:00)

  • Dr Raya Al-Dadah

    Raya is part of the School of Engineering. (Live Q&A 11:00-12:00)

  • Janette Lowe

    Janette is part of the School of Mathematics. (Live Q&A 11:00-12:00)

  • Dr Mike Jenkins

    Mike is part of the School of Metallurgy and Materials. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Professor Paula Mendes

    Paula is part of the School of Chemical Engineering. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Dr Peter Hancox

    Peter is part of the School of Computer Science. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Dr Paramaconi Rodriguez

    Paramaconi is part of the School of Chemistry. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

  • Professor Bill Chaplin

    Bill is part of the School of Physics & Astronomy. (Live Q&A 12:00-13:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate research in Engineering and Physical Sciences live event.
Mariano Coretti asked:

I have done a good part of that phd and send the result to the professors … but i don’t have letter of presentation

Dr Peter Hancox - Director of the EPS Graduate School replied:

The research presented for a PhD would have to be undertaken while registered as a PhD student at the University of Birmingham.  You could not use work in your thesis that had not been conducted under supervision (and thus teaching and training) by University of Birmingham academics.


Monika asked:

is their any estimated date of how long the priest scholarship will be available.

Dr Peter Hancox - Director of the EPS Graduate School replied:

The closing date for applying for a Priestley Scholarship is given at:

The scholarship lasts for 3.5 years of which ~2.5 years are spent in the “home” university and ~1 year is spent in the partner university.

The scholarship will normally begin on 1st October but alternative start dates can be negotiated to suit a student’s particular circumstances.  The scholarship would have to be taken up within the same academic year for which it was offered.



Monika jahan asked:

If i selected for an interview after being shortlisted then how you will get that interview and for what purpose. i want to kno actually what types of preparation i have to take then?

Dr Peter Hancox - Director of the EPS Graduate School replied:

In an interview, you are most likely to be asked to describe and explain your research project.  You should be able to answer the question:

“After you have completed your PhD on this topic, what will we know that we do not currently know?”.


Interviewers are not expecting PhD-level ideas before you begin your studies but are looking for analytical thinking, creative thinking and an ability to understand and respond to questions.

Good luck!

Emmanuel Ramaru asked:

I have submmited my PhD win Computer Sc, I submitted a topic for Conergence of system; and I also proposed a second topic relateed to IoT whereby I wanted to buld utility meter that Auto activate users assinged PIN after purchasing Electricity/Water utility; directly into main swicth without Human capturing of XML/JSON SMS/e-mail API . Hopw do Iget assistance with the above issues

Dr Peter Hancox - Director of the EPS Graduate School replied:

I’m sorry but this doesn’t sound like a research project.  It sounds like a software development project.  For a PhD project, you will need a proposal that will add to our scientific knowledge.

years ago someone explained it thus: MS Word made a lot of money but never got anyone a PhD.

Anna asked:

Is it possible to get funding for your PhDs for a studnet iwth a 1st class Masters in Materials from Imperial

Dr Peter Hancox - Director of the EPS Graduate School replied:

Thanks for the question.

Funding is not contingent on your academic record alone.  The School would be considering their judgement of your research potential set along side other applicants, the priority of your research topic set against the School’s research objectives, how many scholarships are available and probably many other concerns.

That said, an excellent academic record is a positive asset!