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Students are normally required to pay a minimum bench fee of £1,000 per year.
The Institute for Energy Systems is helping to shape tomorrow’s difficult energy decisions.
The institute continues a long line of world-leading innovation by Edinburgh researchers, from the ‘Duck’ wave energy converter invented in the 1970s by Stephen Salter – now Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design – to direct drive electrical generators, wave generation technology and the latest hydraulic transmission systems.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
Detailed advice for international students is available here:
If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.
The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) is a foremost centre of research in marine and renewable energy, and is home to international expertise covering energy and climate change, machines and powerelectronic interfaces and power-system operation and control.
Current research areas include:
IES leads the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s SuperGen Marine Energy Consortium and is a member of another four EPSRC SuperGen consortia. IES also co-hosts the UK Energy Research Centre and collaborates in a Joint Research Institute in Energy with Heriot-Watt University.
Students are strongly encouraged and trained to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD. Students are also encouraged to attend transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses provided by organisations such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The Institute hosts the unique All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility, which is the world’s most sophisticated large marine energy test laboratory.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
We offer a comprehensive range of exciting research opportunities through a choice of postgraduate research degrees: PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research.
An MSc by Research is based on a research project tailored to a candidate’s interests. It lasts one year full time or two years part time. The project can be a shorter alternative to an MPhil or PhD, or a precursor to either – including the option of an MSc project expanding into MPhil or doctorate work as it evolves. It can also be a mechanism for industry to collaborate with the School.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree resembles a PhD but generally takes two years instead of three and does not carry the same requirement for original contribution to knowledge. You pursue your individual research project under supervision, submitting your thesis at the end of the project.
As a PhD candidate you pursue a research project under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. In the School of Engineering you will be linked to two academic supervisors and one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored.
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013