Birmingham City University


An engineering Ph.D. can be a pathway to a career in a wide range of related jobs, including in management roles – or the academic world. If you’re already in such a role, the Ph.D. is a major piece of personal development, developing new knowledge and building skills for your next career step. Your engineering Ph.D. study builds on our expertise and professional and industry networks.

We cover the major aspects of mechanical and electronic engineering and civil engineering. We are interested in interdisciplinary research building links to areas including the built environment, computing, health, law, and others.


A Ph.D. enables you to follow a program of self-directed, independent study, supported by experienced supervisors who are themselves experts in their area. We may use industry experts to support some projects, and others may be run in full collaboration with an industry partner.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice prepares you for study at this level, as most find it a very different experience from previously taught courses.



Topic-specific training and support are identified and provided by your supervision team and other experts as necessary.

Although you will be developing as an independent researcher, you will be supported both by your supervisors and the wider research community in the School, Faculty, and University. There are regular opportunities for you to present and share your work with other research students and staff.

Entry Requirements

  • The required minimum qualification is two years of Master's the relevant field. She/he must have obtained 55% marks or an Equivalent Grade in the Master's
  • Valid Academic IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0 or equivalent.

Career Prospects

The PhD is a well-established and valued academic qualification within the sector and is highly likely to enhance career prospects. For those wanting to follow a career in teaching and researching in Higher Education, a PhD is highly desirable.

Areas of research in which staff are currently active include:

  • Nano-fluids and heat transfer

  • Earthquake engineering

  • Sensors and remote health monitoring

  • Fluid and structure mechanics

  • Multiphysics fluid structure interaction (FSI)

  • Numerical modelling such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

  • Non-linear control of fluid flow

  • Knowledge-based engineering

  • Wind engineering

  • Microfluidics

  • Nano-medicine

  • Urban drainage systems

  • Hydrological performance

  • Fibre reinforced composites

  • Polymer science

  • Product life cycle assessment

Course Details

Full-time students are expected to complete within 3-4 years, whilst part-time students may take 4-7 years. In your first year (two years for PT students) you will spend time reviewing the field, refining your research proposal and projected plan, and developing key topic-specific research skills. You will be supported in this through attendance at the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice, which runs for the first semester of your studies.

Your progress is reviewed every 6 months, with alternating ‘light-touch’ written reviews with your supervisors and annual reviews involving a written paper, presentation and interview with an independent panel of experienced supervisors.

Your second year (years 3 and 4 for PT students) is likely to be spent undertaking in-depth research (data collection and analysis) in your chosen area, with the third year (years 5-6 for PT students) involving writing up your results and presenting them in a suitable format (usually a written thesis of some 80,000 words).

Once you have submitted your thesis the examiners usually need 6-8 weeks to read it before the viva (oral) examination, after which there is likely to be a period for corrections / rewriting before successful completion and award of your PhD

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