Postgraduate study

Integrative Sensing & Measurement

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time

Funding available

Sensing and Measurement is possibly the most fundamental scientific capability required and utilised by society. It impacts on all areas of life, from health and well being through design and manufacturing; security, transport, communications; to lifestyle and entertainment.

Students will become part of a world-leading, multidisciplinary research community, based in Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, that spans physics, engineering, chemistry and beyond. Research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensor modalities including electromagnetic, optical, chemical and electrochemical, mechanical and vibrometry
  • Biomedical and healthcare sensors, systems and applications
  • Micro and nanofabrication of sensors
  • Integration of sensors and sensor arrays with advanced electronics
  • Sensing for lab-on-a-chip and lab-in-a-pill applications


94% of engineering research in the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE) was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.

95% of chemistry research in EaStCHEM was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our enhanced PhD with integrated study offers 1 year of research-focused training followed by a 36-month PhD project in either the University of Glasgow or Edinburgh. Training includes:

  • the fundamentals and applications of sensing and measurement
  • creativity, dissemination, advocacy, enterprise and other transferable skills
  • a wide range of potential PhD projects
  • optional extended research collaboration visits to partner institutions such as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK, Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany and leading universities including Twente, Stanford, Caltech, Duke and Tokyo
  • leading companies offering support and collaboration include Leonardo, ST Microelectronics and Optos.

The Scottish Microelectronics Centre has laboratory facilities that are unique within the UK, including a comprehensive silicon and MEMS micro-fabrication capability coupled with substantial design and test resources.

The School of Chemistry provides world-class facilities for research, as well as analytical and technical services.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Entry is competitive, so we would prefer a UK 2:1 honours degree supported by an MSc degree, or a UK first class honours degree, or their international equivalents, in engineering, physics, chemistry or another relevant physical science.

We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience, or a background in another field; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
  • PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

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Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

Fully funded studentships are available, eligibility criteria apply, see:

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Scottish Microelectronics Centre
  • School of Engineering
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JF

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Scottish Microelectronics Centre
  • School of Engineering
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JF