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Energy Systems PhD, MPhil, MScR

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PhD Engineering (Energy Systems) - 3 Years (Full-time)
PhD Engineering (Energy Systems) - 6 Years (Part-time)
MPhil Engineering (Energy Systems) - 2 Years (Full-time)
MPhil Engineering (Energy Systems) - 4 Years (Part-time)
MSc by Research Engineering and Electronics (Energy Systems) - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc by Research Engineering and Electronics (Energy Systems) - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Students are normally required to pay a minimum bench fee of £1,000 per year.

Contact information
Graduate School Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 7213
Address: Graduate School of Engineering
Faraday Building
The King's Buildings Campus

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) is a world-leading centre of research in marine and renewable energy, and is home to international expertise covering energy and climate change, machines and power-electronic interfaces and power system operation and control.

Entry requirements

To study at postgraduate level you should have a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience.

Confirm with the School to find out whether there are specific entry requirements for this programme.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English 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:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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Academic Technology Approval Scheme

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.

How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Research profile

Academic expertise includes:

  • resource modelling
  • hydrodynamics
  • aerodynamics,
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • thermodynamics
  • electromagnetics
  • power electronics
  • control
  • power systems analysis
  • life-cycle analysis


The Institute also hosts the EPSRC-funded UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, and is founder and chair of the Ocean Energy Group within the European Energy Research Alliance.

In addition to traditional PhD training opportunities, IES leads the innovative IDCORE Engineering Doctoral Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy and the very well-established and successful MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems.

The Institute is a partner in the EPSRC funded CDT in Wind and Marine led by Strathclyde University. It also co-hosts the UK Energy Research Centre and collaborates in a Joint Research Institute in Energy with Heriot-Watt University.

Training and support

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).

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. You will be linked to two academic supervisors, and one industrial supervisor if the project is industrially sponsored.


IES has excellent experimental facilities for both marine and electrical power. The Institute hosts the unique FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, which is the world’s most sophisticated large marine energy test laboratory.

Research opportunities

We offer a comprehensive range of exciting research opportunities through a choice of postgraduate research degrees: MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD.

Masters 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.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.

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