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As a researcher in the School of Engineering, you can benefit from the expertise of our academics and award-winning industry links. Research opportunities are available in a variety of areas relevant to today’s engineering industry.

The School of Engineering is a Centre of Industrial Research and Development Excellence, with expertise centred on core disciplines of mechanical engineering, bio-fuels and combustion engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, control and systems engineering, vehicle engineering and materials processing. During these programmes, you will have the chance to collaborate with industry on projects that can deliver tangible benefits to employers, the sector and society.

A range of training programmes are offered to support your development and enhance your skills. Research students are supported in publishing their work in conference proceedings and international learned society journals, and are encouraged to present their work as part of the University’s research seminar series.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

You can find detailed examples of our current research activity on the research section of our website:

Opportunities for research within the School of Engineering exist in a range of areas within our core disciplines of:
-Mechanical Engineering
-Combustion Engineering
-Electrical and Electronic Engineering
-Control and Systems Engineering
-Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
-Laser Materials Processing.

Fully funded PhD studentships within the School of Engineering are advertised at:

How You Study

As a research student, you will be allocated two academic supervisors and the College Research Degrees Board will monitor your progress.

You will be encouraged to participate in our research seminar series and in the University’s Graduate School and training programmes. The School will also support you in applying for funding to attend conferences, and in publishing your work in conference proceedings and refereed journals.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.


The purpose-built Engineering Hub was created in collaboration with Siemens and, as a hub of technical innovation, houses industry-standard machinery, turbines, and control and laser laboratories.

Career and Personal Development

Completion of this programme may assist you in developing your career as a professional engineer. Graduates may also choose to pursue a range of career opportunities in academia.

Visit the MPhil in Engineering page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!




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