Faculty of EngineeringPostgraduate Research

Work with world-class researchers addressing societal challenges

Our Faculty of Engineering has over 600 postgraduate research students who study within our eight world-class departments, working on a variety of research topics, studying either for a PhD or EngD degree.

We have a growing research portfolio of £140 million. Our research has a global impact, making a positive difference to the world we live in and helping to solve some of the major problems that face society today.

The first step will be to choose a suitable research topic for your studies. You should then speak to the relevant department about where your research interests lie, and they can advise on whether this matches their research themes. Departmental staff will also be able to help those students who are unsure of what direction to go in with their research. It is often the case that departments will already have a list of PhD topics that they are seeking suitable candidates for, so if you are unsure of what topic to choose, then one of these may suit you, or at least inspire you into a similar research area.

Current opportunities

We have a number of current funded and unfunded PhD and postgraduate research opportunities in the Faculty of Engineering, which are open for applications.

Explore current research opportunities

What is a PhD?

PhD degree programmes enable students to undertake cutting edge research work for a period of 3-3.5 years within world-leading research teams. It is expected that the outcomes of this research will represent a significant and original advancement of knowledge in the chosen field and will be published in leading science and / or engineering journals, as well as in the form of an end of programme doctoral thesis.

What is an EngD?

The Engineering Doctorate scheme is a British postgraduate education programme promoted by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). EngD degree programmes combine pioneering research and advanced skills training, allowing students to work on cutting edge engineering or technology research and development work, pertaining to real industrial problems or needs. In year 1, students undertake a range of taught business and technical modules before progressing in year 2, to full-time research project work that is often carried out with an industrial partner. An EngD programme is studied over four years.

What is the difference between a PhD and EngD?

An EngD programme is different from a PhD programme as it is studied over four years rather than three and there is greater industry involvement throughout. PhD programmes can also be studied on a full-time or part-time basis, whereas an EngD programme is only available on a full-time basis.

Each Department within the Faculty has their own research themes and groupings and a variety of current PhD and often EngD opportunities that students can choose from to base their research on.

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Find out more about the postgraduate research options offered in our departments

Strathclyde Doctoral School

Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent.

The School encompasses our four Faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunties, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about Strathclyde Doctoral School

Highly Ranked Departments

  • Marine/Ocean Engineering - Ranked Number 1 in Europe and Number 3 in the World by Shanghai Rankings Academic Ranking 2022
  • Chemical Engineering - Ranked Number 5 in the UK (and Number 1 in Scotland) by The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 and Ranked Number 7 in the UK (and Number 1 in Scotland) by the Complete University Guide 2024
  • Civil Engineering – Ranked Number 3 in the UK (and Number 1 in Scotland) by the Guardian University Guide 2024 and Ranked Number 5 in the UK by the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
  • Medical Technology and Bioengineering - Ranked Number 3 in the UK (and Number 1 in Scotland) by The Complete University Guide 2024
  • Architecture - Ranked Number 8 in the UK by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering - Ranked Number 9 in the UK by The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • Mechanical Engineering - Ranked Number 9 in the UK by The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • Manufacturing & Production Engineering – Ranked Number 10 in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2024
  • General Engineering - Ranked Number 1 in Scotland by The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Our postgraduate research students

Anosh Butt

Anosh Nadeem Butt

Architecture (PhD)

My favourite aspect of studying at Strathclyde is the excellent support from the academic and research staff in the Department of Architecture, the Faculty of Engineering, and the University of Strathclyde.

Ioannis Chalaris

MSc Technical Ship Management

When you live and study abroad you have the chance to broaden your mind and adopt a more globalised way of thinking. I strongly believe that studying abroad fits perfectly with someone who wants to pursue a more international career.
Margot Cocard at the helm of a yacht

Margot Cocard


Being able to meet people from all over the world has been my favourite thing about studying at Strathclyde. I have had the opportunity to meet students, staff, colleagues and friends from different countries and different cultures. This has made my experience at Strathclyde even more valuable.
Xuran Xiao

Xuran Xiao

Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

Studying at Strathclyde has been a remarkable experience for me. I have enjoyed everything, but what I have liked the most is the organisation and structure of the courses. You are able to study every aspect of engineering, from the theory involved to practical elements.

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Want to know more about what it’s like to be a Strathclyde Engineering student at the University of Strathclyde? A selection of our current students are here to help!

Our Unibuddy ambassadors can answer all the questions you may have about their course experiences and studying at Strathclyde, along with offering insight into life in Glasgow and Scotland.

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