Postgraduate research & PhD opportunities

Engineering postgraduate research opportunities

Take a look at our postgraduate research and PhD opportunities we have on offer at the University of Strathclyde.

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High Resolution Methods for Assessment of Heat loss From Plants and Arrays of Buildings


Opens:19 December 2017

With this project, we propose an investigation into a variety of dynamics and effects produced by the interaction of an array of buildings (or a set of heat sources in an industrial plant or in a power plant) with a cross flow (horizontal wind).

Fee status

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Next Generation Medical Design Tools: Full device Design Modelling of Aneurysm Repair Stents


Deadline:7 May 2021 Opens:22 March 2021

A 39-month PhD Studentship with strong industrial collaboration is available to develop computational design methods for stents used to mitigate rupture in aneurysms of the large arteries. The project will be in collaboration with Terumo Aortic, https://terumoaortic.com/, an international leading medical device com

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Robust Aeroelasticity Tailoring for Highly Flexible Aerostructures Using Composite Materials


Deadline:1 June 2021 Opens:1 February 2021

The project aims to develop a robust optimization tool for aeroelasticity tailoring of flexible aerospace structures using advanced composite materials. Novel methods will be developed to address increasingly modelling challenges arising from structural uncertainties and nonlinearities in the aeroelastic analysis.

Fee status

Home (Scottish)

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Investigation of the Finite and Discrete Element Methods for Ground Engaging Tool Design


Deadline:30 April 2021 Opens:4 March 2021

This will investigate the discrete element method and the finite element method software tools to simulate & analyse interaction between machines & geo-materials in granular and bulk form with aim of developing an integrated methodology to reduce machine damage such as fatigue,fracture and wear,and to optimise design,

Fee status

Home (Scottish)

Subject

Mechanical and aerospace engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Fine and ultra-fine particles in air: electromagnetic and low temperature plasma decontamination


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD project offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research Group, focused on the development of advanced impulsive non-thermal plasma systems for air cleaning and aerosol decontamination operations.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

PhD Non-thermal transient plasma discharges for environmental applications


Opens:1 June 2017

A three year PhD investigating the efficiency of transient non-thermal plasma discharges for different environmental applications is offered by the High Voltage Technologies (HVT) Research group within the Institute for Energy & Environment.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Expanding Measurement Limits of Fibre-Optic Voltage and Current Sensors for Smart Grid Applications


Opens:11 September 2019

A 36-month full-time, fully funded Strathclyde/NPL/Synaptec PhD Studentship with the aim to investigate a range of electrical, mechanical, photonic and materials science aspects of hybrid fibre-optic voltage and current sensors in order to drive the limits of their measurement performance in smart grid applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Automated In-Process Inspection of Additively Manufactured Components Using Eddy Currents and Ultrasound Testing


Deadline:31 August 2021 Opens:11 January 2021

This is an exciting 42-month fully-funded PhD, supported by EPSRC focusing on the robotic deployment of electromagnetic and acoustic sensors for inspection of additively manufactured (AM) components. The project aims at quality assurance of High-Value Manufacturing AM components.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Impedance based stability studies of hybrid medium voltage DC/AC networks


Deadline:31 May 2021 Opens:13 April 2021

The impedance-based stability analysis method is being investigated as a tool to assess the stability of grid-connected converters. This full time 3-year PhD will expand the impedance-based methods to MVDC systems considering the interactions between AC and DC systems.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

PhD Studentship in Optoacoustic (laser ultrasound) sensing for remote, chemical process monitoring


Deadline:15 June 2021 Opens:11 February 2021

A 42-month full-time, fully-funded PhD, supported by the EPSRC and focusing on remote sensing for bio-/chemical sensing and monitoring. The sensors will be wireless and optically excited, making them suitable for minimum impact on the tested system and hazardous or sterilised environments.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

PhD - Optical Measurement Techniques for Combustion Diagnostics


Deadline:30 April 2021 Opens:15 February 2021

A 42-month full-time PhD fully funded for UK students only. An experimental PhD focused on photonics instrumentation design, supporting an EPSRC research grant in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, Siemens and the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Southampton, Sheffield and Loughborough.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Biomedical engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Industrial CASE Studentship with NPL - Laser Measurement Techniques for Combustion Diagnostics in Civil Aerospace


Deadline:8 May 2021 Opens:8 March 2021

A 48-month full-time, fully funded iCASE studentship for UK students only. An experimental PhD focused on photonics instrumentation design and validation in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Biomedical engineering, Chemical and process engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

PhD in Robotics for Aerospace Inspection


Opens:1 April 2021

The University of Strathclyde is offering a fully funded (with enhanced stipend) PhD studentship in the area of Robotics, to a suitably qualified student with a background in engineering / physics / computer science and programming.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, International

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Computer and information sciences, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

International fee, Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

PhD in Machine Learning for NDE Inspection


Opens:1 April 2021

The University of Strathclyde is offering a fully funded (with enhanced stipend) PhD studentship in the area of Machine Learning, to a suitably qualified student with a background in engineering/ physics/ computer science and programming.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, International

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Computer and information sciences, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

International fee, Home fee, Stipend

Advanced BioMaterials for Construction and Civil Engineering


Opens:6 September 2017

This PhD will explore how bacterially generated materials can be modified by incorporation of polymers and nanoparticles to enhance their mechanical properties. In this way, bacterially generated materials could be modified for specific tasks, such as earthquake and weather resistance.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

bio-deterioration of concrete and conservation of architectural heritage


Opens:18 October 2017

Bio-deterioration of concrete strongly affects much of our built heritage and is particularly notable in wet territories like the UK or South East Asia. How to effectively solve bio-deterioration of concrete sculptures and buildings is an environmental, societal and scientific challenge.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of low cost, modular sensors to de-risk suction caisson foundations for offshore wind


Deadline:30 June 2021 Opens:18 January 2021

This fully-funded PhD offers an exciting opportunity to undertake research on the development of a low cost, modular sensor platform for intelligent offshore wind foundation monitoring.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Effect of high temperatures on cement backfill (NRVB) – Improving the safety case for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste.


Deadline:30 June 2021 Opens:6 April 2021

This project focuses on understanding the long term chemical alteration and stability of a cement (NRVB) backfill material used in GDF, at the temperatures reached in the facility. This is important to improving and developing the safety case for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Advanced characterisation of hydrothermally aged cement (10 years old) – Improving the safety case for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste.


Deadline:30 June 2021 Opens:7 April 2021

This project will use a combination of 2D X-ray diffraction and scattering, 3D/2D imaging and supporting analytical measurements to determine how the cements microstructure and porosity/permeability have developed over 10 years of hydrothermal ageing.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Civil and environmental engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Advanced Condition Monitoring of Rotary Machines using Artificial Intelligence


Opens:19 November 2020

The NMIS (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) Doctorate Centre in Advanced Manufacturing, along with Howden Compressors are looking to jointly fund a 4 year PhD studentship in the area of industrially applied data analysis for providing real-time insights into machinery condition.

Fee status

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Optimisation of alginate films for sustainable food packaging applications


Deadline:31 May 2021 Opens:1 March 2021

Alginate is a sustainable polymer with potential applications in food packaging. The project will optimise alginate films by addition of plasticisers and filler particles. Simulation will gain insight into the molecular interactions and experiment will investigate film properties and performance.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Improving purity of crystalline pharmaceutical products using advanced nano-tomography techniques


Opens:12 February 2021

Filtration and washing of pharmaceutical products is classically undertaken empirically. This project will use nano-computed tomography (nano-CT), a high-resolution cross-sectional imaging technique to track the progress of washing at high resolution in real time.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Catalytic reforming of syngas hydrocarbons to maximise hydrogen production


Opens:1 March 2021

The proposed project aims to develop new technology for reforming syngas hydrocarbons to promote hydrogen production from biomass, it addresses the issues of global importance, which are committed to making a useful and positive contribution to clean energy challenges locally and globally.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Valorisation of wet biomass waste for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals


Opens:20 February 2021

This project will undertake studies on the processes and technology required to convert biomass waste into a range of hydrocarbons. This research project requires both modelling and experimental studies to analyse the waste to energy process and the fuel properties of hydrocarbons and chemicals produced.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

International fee, Home fee, Stipend

Designing colloidal films and membranes with complex interactions


Opens:24 February 2021

Many applications rely on structured films and membranes, such as selective filters, adsorbents, and biological systems. The project will use computer modelling to analyse how particles with complex interactions aggregate to form films with complex structure and complex time-evolution.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Investigation of pharmaceutical crystallisation using small angle x-ray scattering


Opens:1 March 2021

The project will focus on the applications of latest Small-angle X-ray scattering system in CMAC (EPSRC Centre of excellence in continuous manufacturing and crystallisation) to provide mechanistic understanding of interparticle interaction in dense system under repulsive or attractive interactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Intelligent decision system for development of efficient pharmaceutical separation processes


Opens:2 March 2021

This work will use a combination of machine learning and molecular thermodynamic modelling to develop a methodology to efficiently develop accurate mathematical representations of the thermodynamics of complex multicomponent mixtures, with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of learner autonomy in student-centred learning environments in engineering


Opens:1 March 2021

This project will investigate behavioural and performance characteristics of students when working in Problem-Based and Enquiry-based learning activities in order to elucidate the link between the use of these approaches and the development of learner’s autonomy.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Clean energy technologies for a rapidly developing world


Opens:3 March 2021

To enhance equitable energy access and reduce global emissions from energy generation, this project will focus on developing a clean energy technology based on waste utilisation and thermochemical conversion (e.g. gasification, combustion, pyrolysis or hybrid) approaches.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of chemically safe redox flow batteries


Opens:3 March 2021

Redox flow batteries conventionally employ toxic and corrosive transition metals such as vanadium. This project will develop neutral aqueous organic redox electrolytes suitable for high performance flow batteries with benign chemical properties in terms of safety, cost and end-of-life recycling.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Tuning materials from within: growing endo/exo-particles for energy conversion devices


Opens:3 March 2021

This PhD project will explore the design, characterisation and application of exsolved materials for power-to-X energy conversion devices where X can be fuels, chemicals, heat or power, all essential for transitioning to a clean, sustainable energy economy.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Data-driven approaches for in-line monitoring of particle attributes in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing processes


Opens:3 March 2021

The project will investigate Machine Learning and Deep Learning approaches to extract and fuse multiple data streams from multi-sensor setups in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing through a combination of experimental work, data analytics and process simulation.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Electronic and electrical engineering, Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Hybrid data-driven and first principles models for crystal nucleation and growth


Opens:3 March 2021

The project will explore the use of hybrid models that combine the advantages of data-driven and physics-based first principles models to enhance the performance of current models for crystal nucleation and growth in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Nanocomposites hyper-activity in heterogeneous non-catalytic and catalytic reactions


Opens:3 March 2021

This research will investigate the effect of supported nanopaticles size on the reactivity of nanocomposite materials in heterogeneous reactions. The fundamental questions are how the reactivity scales with the nanoparticles size and whether the stoichiometry of the reaction is affected.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Effects of hydrogen addition on soot formation in flames: experimental investigation by laser imaging


Opens:27 January 2021

This projects involves the application of laser imaging techniques to study soot formation. The particular interest is in flames where hydrogen is blended with hydrocarbon fuel. The ultimate goal is improved understanding (and thus minimisation) of pollutant formation.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Finite temperature superfluid turbulence flow-structure interactions via immersed boundary methods


Opens:24 February 2021

The research is a co-operation with researchers at California Institute of Technology, and will pioneer superfluid flow-structure interactions with are of key importance in technological and astronomical applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

The birth of crystals: new understanding of nucleation by localised triggering and direct measurement


Opens:28 February 2021

We will develop an innovative technique to study crystal nucleation, using an optical tweezer to generate a localized shear flow in a crystallizing solution, thus triggering nucleation in a known position enabling direct measurement of the growing nucleus.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Tense solid oxide cells – boosting clean energy conversion through nanoscale strain


Opens:3 February 2021

This PhD project will explore the design, characterisation and application of new materials for electrochemical power-to-X conversion (X = fuels, chemicals) devices essential for transitioning to a clean, sustainable energy economy.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

EPSRC Industrial CASE Studentship: Quality control for hydrogen fuel cell and electrolyser electrodes


Deadline:10 May 2021 Opens:5 March 2021

Mass manufacture of fuel cells and electrolysers requires advanced characterisation tools for rapid inspection of critical components. This project will develop and test a prototype electrochemical, optical and thermally instrumented test cell for electrode characterisation in a production line environment.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Adsorption of water-containing mixtures in Metal-Organic Framework materials


Opens:7 March 2021

This project aims to apply molecular simulation methods to study gas separation from mixtures containing water in novel Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) materials. New molecular models will be developed to improve adsorption predictions with application in carbon capture from humid streams.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Multimodal remote sensing and Machine Learning for Precision Agriculture


Opens:7 March 2021

The project will explore the use of Machine Learning for the analysis and fusion of data from multiple sensors in agricultural applications. Satellite and drone multispectral imagery together with ground sensors will inform decision support tools for advanced farm management.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Development of a spatially resolved spectroscopy probe for application in pharmaceutical drying processes


Opens:7 March 2021

In this project, the student will be involved in an industrial funded project to develop and use spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) and spatially resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (SR-DRS) for obtaining insight into sub-surface powder drying behaviour.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Efficient utilization of biochar for water remediation and soil amendment - towards a circular economy


Deadline:7 June 2021 Opens:19 March 2021

Biochar is an under-utilised resource with numerous environmental benefits; this project seeks to exploit these advantages by developing a circular system for carbon sequestration and achieving environmental impacts through carbon recirculation applied to water remediation and soil amendment.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemical and process engineering

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend