Postgraduate studentships

The research we do provides solutions to real world problems and we are proud of the working relationships we have with leaders of industry and academia. If you want to be part of a team that delivers world leading research please take a look at the studentships we have available below.

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PhD Scholarships with Rolls-Royce

Start date: September 2019 but there may some flexibility in start dates
Each studentship covers Home tuition fees and a stipend of £15,009 per annum

Metallic rotor containment sleeves for permanent magnet machines

This project will address the challenges of modelling, designing and manufacturing high strength metallic sleeves for high-speed and high power density electrical machines. The project will encompass the design of the stator and rotor to minimise the sleeve losses, evaluation of different candidate sleeve materials, manufacturing technology development and assessment and the manufacture of an experimental demonstrator machine.

This project would suit candidates with a background in electrical or electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or mathematics. Studies will be based predominantly in Sheffield with an opportunity to spend periods at Rolls-Royce and The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at The University of Strathclyde.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Prof. Geraint Jewell ( to discuss this further.

Fibre optic instrumentation of electrical machines

This project is concerned with exploring the opportunities for integrating fibre optic-based sensors into electrical machines for through-life monitoring. The opportunities include both in-process monitoring during manufacture and in-service monitoring. The project will encompass the development of methods for integrating fibre-optics into stator coil and the development and experimental testing of algorithms for extracting information on process and service conditions.

This project would suit candidates with a background in electrical or electronic engineering, physics or mathematics. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Prof. Ash Tiwari ( or Prof. Jiabin Wang ( to discuss this further.

Applying for the PhDs:

If you are interested in applying for these PhD’s please contact Professor Geraint Jewell (for magnetic rotor PhD) or Professor Ash Tiwari (Fibre optic instrumentation PhD) for an informal discussion about the studentship in the first instance.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

This new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training provides fully-funded PhD studentships and comprehensive training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing. Led by Cardiff University and partnered by the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and University College London (UCL), the CDT will provide a holistic understanding of the entire manufacturing process, equipping graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to accelerate their own career trajectory and in doing so change the face of UK CS Manufacturing.

With our innovative 1+3 programme students will spend their first year in Cardiff on a Compound Semiconductor MSc, before taking a 3-year PhD project in one of the partner institutions - Sheffield, UCL, Manchester or Cardiff. You get two degrees from our program – an MSc and a PhD – and both are fully funded and include a stipend.

Applicants should have or be expecting to graduate with a minimum of 2.1 in Physics, Electrical or Electronic Engineering.

Please visit the Cardiff University website for more information and to apply.

PhD in Wide Bandgap inverter-fed motor drives

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Wide Bandgap inverter-fed motor drives.

Find out more and apply.


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PhD scholarships

There are lots of different types of scholarships available, from full awards covering fees, living expenses and research costs to partial fee scholarships.