MPhil/PhD Studentship in mechanical, electrical and electronic and entertainment engineering.

Investing in excellence: studentship opportunities

The University of Derby has an opportunity for two full-time postgraduate research studentships in mechanical, electrical and electronic and entertainment engineering.

Qualification type:Location:Funding amount:Hours:Closes:Interview:Start date:
MPhil/PhD Derby, UK £16,062 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees Full-time 12.00 pm, Sunday 28 August 2022 5 - 9 September 2022 January 2023

The successful applicant will receive a maintenance stipend (based on the minimum stipend defined by UKRI, currently £16,062 for the academic year 2022/23) and home MPhil/PhD tuition fees only up to the target submission date (3 years).

Please note, if your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home fees and the EU/Overseas fees.

The intended intake period is January 2023, or the next available intake. 

The successful applicant will be expected to complete their MPhil/PhD within 3 - 4 years on the MPhil/PhD route, contribute to the College of Science and Engineering REF submission and get involved in the wider research activities of the College. 

Applicants will become part of a friendly and welcoming team and will be supported and managed by their supervisors. 

The vacancy details are as follows: 

Available projects:  

Within the College of Science and Engineering, the two studentships can be in any of the following project areas. In their application, applicants need to specify the project area that they are applying for.

Project 1: Eco-friendly, recyclable and high-performing nanoparticles reinforced natural fibre thermoplastic composite for rail applications – Eco-Rail

The proposed project aims to develop and discover novel, eco-friendly, recyclable, lightweight, high-performing, and commercially viable alternatives to the currently used materials for rail applications, helping the UK achieve its net-zero ambitions and giving a distinct commercial advantage to UK businesses by taking lead in this exciting domain.

Please contact Dr Marzena Pawlik ( if you wish to discuss this project in advance of applying.

Project 2: Multi-Scale Strategies Assessing Low Carbon Transport Vehicles

The aim of this research project is to develop a multi-scale investigation of fuel droplet heating and evaporation (C12H26-DHE) under engine conditions. The project’s development will be performed in the following 3 stages: Stage 1: Molecular dynamics (MD) of hydrocarbon fuel molecules evaporating into a background gas; Stage 2: Kinetic modelling of non-equilibrium gas dynamics of fuel vapour considering inelastic collisions between mixtures: Stage 3: Heat and mass flux analysis of fuel droplet in IC engine conditions.

Please contact Dr Jianfei Xie ( if you wish to discuss this project in advance of applying.

Project 3: An Investigation into the control of source reproduction parameters in immersive audio.

The aim of the research is to develop and validate algorithms to better control the reproduction of realistic sound sources presented in measured and synthesised acoustic spaces using Higher Order Ambisonics. The research question explored in this project is how can real acoustic spaces, and realistic-sounding objects be measured, manipulated and reproduced over a higher-order Ambisonic system (using loudspeakers or headphones).

Please contact Bruce Wiggins ( if you wish to discuss this project in advance of applying.

Project 4: Design and fabrication of a novel vibration energy harvester for Railway Traction Systems

This project will focus on the development of a novel vibration energy harvesting (VEH) system, which is capable of converting vibration energy into electrical energy. The proposed energy harvesting system will be made nonlinear in its stiffness and damping characteristics, which would significantly maximise the amount of energy harvested.

Please contact Dr Uchenna Diala ( if you wish to discuss this project in advance of applying.

To apply 

Completed applications should be submitted via our online application system quoting funding reference: S&E_Engineering_0722

Closing dates for applications: 12.00 pm, Sunday 28 August 2022

Interviews: 5 - 9 September 2022

If you have not been invited for an interview by the interview date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.  

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