Professional Doctorate in Electronic Engineering - PhD

    • Full or part time
      Full time , Part time & On campus available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
    • Course Start
      September, January
    • Course Duration
      MSc one year full-time, two years part-time; PhD three to four years full-time, five to six years part-time
    • Professional Doctorate Type

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

    The School of Engineering and Digital Arts offers research-led degrees in a wide range of research disciplines, related to Electronic, Control and Information Engineering as well as Digital Arts & Media, in a highly stimulating academic environment. The School enjoys an international reputation for its work and prides itself in allowing students the freedom to realise their maximum potential.

    As a postgraduate student in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, you receive support through individual supervision, specialised seminars and colloquia, usually with external speakers. 

    We offer a range of financial support options, including:

    As well as offering excellent research facilities and equipment, the School allows students the opportunity to participate in regular research seminars and workshops and offers students the possibility of attending international conferences in order to present their work. As a research student in the School, you will become a member of one of our thriving research groups.

    The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent reputation recognised for both the quality of our teaching and impact of our research.   A special School combining engineering, technology and digital media, our blended expertise is well suited to the needs of the 21st century. Forward-looking and culturally diverse, we are committed to developing employable and ethical graduates who will impact positively on society. Located in its own building, we are small enough to get to know all our students as individuals and staff and students work in a very friendly environment.

    The School was established over 50 years ago and has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments. Engaged in high-quality research in Communications, Intelligent Interactions and Instrumentation and Control, with significant national and international impact, we have been consistently attracting substantial research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies, government agencies and others and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality.

    We prepare our students for a wide range of occupations enabling them to pursue dynamic professional careers in the UK and overseas.   

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    Start date: PhD: September, January, May

    Research areas

    - Communications

    The Group’s activities cover system and component technologies from microwave to terahertz frequencies. These include photonics, antennae and wireless components for a broad range of communication systems. The Group has extensive software research tools together with antenna anechoic chambers, network and spectrum analysers to millimetre wave frequencies and optical signal generation, processing and measurement facilities. Current research themes include:

    - photonic components

    - networks/wireless systems

    - microwave and millimetre-wave systems

    - antenna systems

    - radio-over-fibre systems

    - electromagnetic bandgaps and metamaterials

    - frequency selective surfaces.

    - Intelligent Interactions:

    The Intelligent Interactions group has interests in all aspects of information engineering and human-machine interactions. It was formed in 2014 by the merger of the Image and Information Research Group and the Digital Media Research Group.

    The group has an international reputation for its work in a number of key application areas. These include: image processing and vision, pattern recognition, interaction design, social, ubiquitous and mobile computing with a range of applications in security and biometrics, healthcare, e-learning, computer games, digital film and animation.

    - Social and Affective Computing

    - Assistive Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction

    - Brain-Computer Interfaces

    - Mobile, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing

    - Sensor Networks and Data Analytics

    - Biometric and Forensic Technologies

    - Behaviour Models for Security

    - Distributed Systems Security (Cloud Computing, Internet of Things)

    - Advanced Pattern Recognition (medical imaging, document and handwriting recognition, animal biometrics)

    - Computer Animation, Game Design and Game Technologies

    - Virtual and Augmented Reality

    - Digital Arts, Virtual Narratives.

    - Instrumentation and Control:

    The Instrumentation and Control Research Group comprises a mixture of highly experienced, young and vibrant academics working in three complementary research themes – embedded systems, instrumentation and control. The Group has established a major reputation in recent years for solving challenging scientific and technical problems across a range of industrial sectors, and has strong links with many European countries through EU-funded research programmes. The Group also has a history of industrial collaboration in the UK through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

    The Group’s main expertise lies primarily in image processing, signal processing, embedded systems, optical sensors, neural networks, and systems on chip and advanced control. It is currently working in the following areas:

    - monitoring and characterisation of combustion flames

    - flow measurement of particulate solids

    - medical instrumentation

    - control of autonomous vehicles

    - control of time-delay systems

    - high-speed architectures for real-time image processing

    - novel signal processing architectures based on logarithmic arithmetic.

    January 2021 starts 

    You can start some of our postgraduate degrees in January. If you’re taking a career break to study this could be the best option for you. A January start also works well for overseas students as it allows more time to meet visa requirements. Find out more about our January intake programmes.. 

    Visit the Electronic Engineering - PhD page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    A 2.2 or honours degree or MSc with Merit or above in a computing, multimedia and digital arts or a related design subject.

    All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

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