MPhil and PhD Opportunities


Postgraduate Research in Engineering.

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Research overview

The Department of Engineering conducts research in response to practical demands in defence, healthcare, manufacturing, marine and service industries, which is supported by grants from the EPSRC, the MRC, the Royal Society, EU, MOD, industry and UK charities. Our ever-evolving range of specialist areas leads research students to successful professional engineering and technological careers.

Our students come from all over the UK and many other parts of the world. They are conducting research on a range of subjects including electronics, computer engineering, control and automation, telecommunications, data communications, computer networks and internet technology. Research in the field of Engineering can also be linked to: Computer Science, and Civil Engineering and Surveying. 

Research centres and groups

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Research Group

The Advanced Materials & Manufacturing (AMM) Research Group was formed in September 2017 by the strategic merger of three of the research groups in the School of Engineering, namely; Advanced Polymers and Composites (APC), Engineering Research and Innovation for Industrial Applications; and Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (MMB).

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing research and development activities include analysis, characterisation, formulation, manufacturing, design, modelling, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, testing, repair, structural integrity evaluation, applications and knowledge transfer of advanced materials and manufacturing.

Materials include, but are not limited to, biomechanics, ceramics, woods, metals and alloys, composites (conventional/synthetic, sustainable/natural/biocomposites & hybrid composites), polymers/plastics (thermosets and thermoplastics). Research areas include tension, compression, bending, impact, stress, strain, torsion, buckling, fatigue, fracture, thermal, vibration, and absorption of materials and components.

AMM research group has well-equipped laboratories with a range of facilities for R&D in advanced materials and manufacturing.

The AMM Research Group seeks to maintain the track record that it has inherited of attracting funding from government agencies, industrial bodies and charities, which include: EPSRC, European funding, Industrial collaborations, Industrial strategy challenge fund, Royal Society, UK charities, MRC, Innovate UK.

Prior to merging, work has been carried out for over 30 years with collaborators, including Rolls-Royce, GKN Westland Aerostructures and NHS hospitals, among others.

Similarly, the merged groups have successfully provided services and consultancies to companies such as BVT, Thales, Safeguard, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pall Europe, TWI, PERA, Univar Europe, Halyard, LaFarge, Materials Technology Ltd, Gurit, Xyratex, to mention but a few.

Bioneer Research Group

The group is multidisciplinary and incorporates interests in bio-solid and bio-fluid mechanics, biomimetics, biological and medical imaging, biomaterials and advanced modelling and simulation. Facilities are state-of-the-art and exploit the latest in manufacturing technology, predominantly using 3D printing, as well as the recently established Zeiss Global Centre to support 3D microCT imaging and numerical/FE modelling capacity.

Specific solutions the group provides include understanding the function of biological systems in healthy and diseased conditions, multi-scale modelling of structure-function relationships in tissues complemented by novel bioimaging, and the manufacture of bioinspired structures and their optimisation for conventional and translational engineering applications.

The group has established links with key strategic partners including Diamond Light Source, Carl Zeiss Ltd., Glaxo Smith Klein, the National Heart and Lung Institute, and the Royal National Orthopaedic and Queen Alexandra Hospitals. The group has attracted funding from the Royal Society as well as from Research councils such as the EPSRC and STFC.

Intelligent and Networked Systems

There are four research groups in Intelligent and Networked Systems : Engineering Education; Intelligent and Autonomous Systems; Systems Engineering; Telecommunications and Networked Systems.

Thermo-Fluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering research group

The Thermo-Fluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering research group includes: Computational Fluid Mechanics, Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer, Thermal and Renewable Energy Systems, and Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Flow Assurance.


How to apply 

To apply for a postgraduate research degree with us, you'll need a good first degree from an internationally-recognised university or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. We'll also consider outstanding applicants with exceptional equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

We're currently rebuilding our website, so to explore the 3 different routes you can take into a postgrad research degree at Portsmouth, visit our new 'How to Apply' pages.

Key Facts


MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time
Start date: October/February


A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.  

MPhil/PhD Fees*

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan


Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
International full-time students: £15,100 p/a*
International part-time students: £7,550 p/a*

*All fees are subject to annual increase

By Publication Fees*


Members of staff: £1,550 p/a*
External candidates: £4,260 p/a*

*All fees are subject to annual increase.

View tuition fee terms and conditions



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Light bulb Research Areas

Mechanical Engineering

Research areas include:

  • Aerospace materials
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Polymers
  • Composities
  • Mechanical behaviour of materials

Intelligent and Networked Systems

Research areas include:

  • Engineering education research
  • Intelligent and context-aware systems
  • Systems engineering
  • Telecommunication and networked systems
  • Control, robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Embedded and distributed systems
  • Mobile and fixed terrestrial, and satellite communications

Thermofluid, Petroleum and Energy Engineering

Research areas include:

  • Computational fluid mechanics
  • Multiphase flow and heat transfer
  • Enhanced oil and gas recovery
  • Flow assurance
  • Thermal and renewable energy systems

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Monitor Facilities & Features

Flexible Learning

You will benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.


Our students have access to experimental and computational facilities, as well as expert technical support staff. We have invested heavily in our facilities so that you can put the knowledge you gain into practice.

Computer suites and associated software are regularly upgraded to reflect current industrial practice and course requirements, and our laboratories are staffed by experts in the respective fields.

Graduate School

From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Mortarboard Careers & Opportunities

Career Planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.


Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

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