Faculty of Engineering & Design

Current PhD project opportunities

View our available funded and self-funded PhD projects.

Funding for research degrees in Engineering & Design

You will need funding for your fees and living expenses while you are studying a postgraduate research programme with us. The University classifies students as UK, EU or overseas and your residency classification determines the amount you pay in tuition fees. These depend on your programme of study and are reviewed annually. Your living costs will depend on your accommodation and lifestyle.

To apply, complete a full online application and indicate if you would like to be considered for research funding.

Funding is very competitive. You will need:

  •  An extremely strong first degree
  •  A detailed research proposal, indicating the supervisor you would like to work with
  •  Reference
  •  A strong application

Studentships provide Tuition Fees and Stipend (living expenses)
Scholarships provide Tuition Fees only.
Both may cover full or partial costs, as well as other funds such as Training Support Fees/Grants.

All scholarships and studentships are only available to new applicants (existing research students cannot apply).

Please note: applications received after an application deadline will not be considered.

Queries should be sent to: doctoraladmissions@bath.ac.uk

 

University Research Studentships (Home/EU and overseas)

Applications from any field of research in the Faculty are eligible. Browse our FindaPhD feed for named projects currently available in Engineering & Design. Funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own choice.

Funding lasts for three years, including

  • Full tuition fees
  • Annual training support fee
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate) for Home/EU only (no stipend for overseas fee status)

Please note: if your first language is not English you must meet any English language requirements before funding can be considered.You will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

 

Application deadlines for 2018:
  • 30th November 2017
  • 16th March 2018

Applicants should complete a University of Bath online application form.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment (dCarb) studentships (Full-time students, Home/EU and overseas)

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment (dCarb) offers project specific studentships in low-carbon technologies across the fields of architecture, engineering, science and economics. Browse our FindaPhD feed for current project titles.

Funding lasts for three years, including

  • Full tuition fees
  • Annual training support fee
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate) for Home/EU only (no stipend for overseas fee status)

Please note: if your first language is not English you must meet any English language requirements before funding can be considered.

The application deadline for this funding has now passed.

Details about applications for 2018 entry will be announced in Autumn 2017.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies Studentships (full-time students, Home/EU)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemical Technologies accepts applications from science and engineering backgrounds with a strong interest in sustainable technologies.

Funding lasts for four years, including

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate)

Note: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Applications for 2018 entry are now open. Apply early as the application process is competitive.

Find out how to apply or contact the Centre with any queries you may have.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE) Studentships (Full-time students, Home/EU)

Applications are accepted from a field of Engineering and Science. Find out more about the WISE CDT.

Funding lasts for four years, including

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate)

Note: EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

Applications for September 2018 start date are now open. The application deadline is 31 January 2018.

Find out how to apply through the WISE CDT.

 

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis Studentships (full-time students, Home/EU)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis accepts applications from science and engineering backgrounds with a strong interest in catalysis.

Funding lasts for four years, including

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee: £1,000 pa
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate)
  • Travel bursary

Applications are accepted all year round. Please apply early as the application process is competitive.

Find out how to apply for 2018 entry or email your queries to Helen Whitfield, CDT Manager.

EPSRC Studentships (Full-time students, Home/EU)

Applications from a field of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. Funding may also be available for excellent candidates who obtain an offer of a place for a project of their own choice.

Funding lasts for three and a half years, including

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000 pa
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate)

Note: The EPSRC funding available supports Home/EU students with standard research council restrictions. EU students are only eligible for a full studentship if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing. More information can be found on the EPSRC website.

EU students residing outside of the UK may be eligible for a fees only award.

Applicants should complete a University of Bath online application form.

MRC GW4 Biomed DTP Studentships (Full-time students, Home/EU)

The MRC GW4 BioMed Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to develop the next generation of medical researchers, helping them to be collaborative, curious, critical and confident. Research themes include: Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health.

Funding lasts for three and a half years, including

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee £1,000 pa
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only

The application deadline has now passed.

NERC GW4+ Studentships (Full-time students, Home/EU)

The NERC GW4+ DTP is a partnership of research-intensive universities across the South West: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Applications are accepted  from a field of Atmospheres, Oceans & Ice; Biogeochemical Cycles; Natural Hazards and Resources; and Water.

Funding lasts for three and a half years, including

  • Home/EU tuition fees
  • Training support fee
  • Maintenance stipend £14,553 pa (2017/18 rate)

EU citizens may be eligible to receive tuition fees award only
 

Applications are now open until 7 January 2018.

Find out more about the application process.

Information on other studentships and scholarships will be added here when we have more information.

External funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online can help you find alternative sources of funding, like charities. These sources can make awards for fees, maintenance or research cost to any student, regardless of subject or nationality. The Guide contains a database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance and tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. Information is also available on the FindaPhD website.

Self funding

It is possible to fund your studies yourself, but you must make sure that you have sufficient money to pay for your research degree when you start.

If you have graduated with a degree-level qualification from a previous programme at the University of Bath, you will be eligible for a 10% alumni discount on your tuition fees.