The department supports a large and vibrant community of postgraduate research students. As well as the traditional PhD route to a Doctorate, we offer focused doctoral training in the two specific areas of Photonic Systems Development and Security Science. We also offer the opportunity of a one-year Masters programme in Communications Research for students interested in a career in research in industry.
Thanks to the breadth of research we carry out in the department, we offer PhDs over a very wide range of topics in Electronic Engineering, from nanotechnology and materials research, to circuits and systems, radar, communications, photonics and optical networks, and large-scale networks. We collaborate widely, both with other departments in UCL, and internationally with leading research groups around the world. Many of our research students are partly or fully funded by industry, and in many cases we offer the chance to spend time in industry as part of the doctoral programme. All of this makes for an exceptionally vibrant experience as a research student.
The majority of our doctoral students study for a PhD. This is a 3- or 4-year programme focusing on one principal research topic. On this programme the majority of your research will be carried out at UCL under the supervision of a member of academic staff. You will work in their research group on a project at the forefront of the subject, and at the end of your time with us you will produce a doctoral thesis that represents a significant advance in the field. You will become the world expert in your research area, and you will have demonstrated that you are an original and creative thinker capable of independent scientific work at a very high level.
Full time and part time options are available. For fuller details follow the PhD links on the left. If you are interested in joining us as a doctoral student, we strongly encourage you to look at our research pages to identify areas of interest to you. You should then contact individual members of academic staff whose research interests match yours. Selecting the correct research project is a hugely important first step, so we recommend that you contact potential supervisors directly to discuss possibilities before you apply for a place on our doctoral programme. You will find details of the department’s research on our web pages, and if you have any general queries you can contact me. I’ll be very happy to help you.
Dr Ioannis Papakonstantinou, Departmental Graduate Tutor