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Faculty of Engineering

Awards available

PhD, MSc by research

Programme length

MSc: One year full-time 
PhD: Three years full-time; 
six years part-time, considered on a case-by-case basis

Part-time study available


Open to international students


Number of places

Not fixed

Start date

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The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has an international reputation for world-leading research in areas such as mobile and wireless communication systems, microelectronics, electrical energy management, photonics and optical communications, artificial vision and image analysis, and high performance networks. It collaborates with over 30 industrial organisations and has been exceedingly successful in attracting substantial research funding from diverse sources in the UK, Europe and overseas.

Research groups

Communication Systems and Networks

Modern communication systems and networks play a vitally important role in nearly every aspect of our society. The CSN group has been at the forefront of world research for more than 25 years and its pioneering work impacts the energy, healthcare, transport, semiconductor and telecommunications sectors. The group specializes in end-to-end wireless connectivity while focusing on the following activities:

·         Antenna design and fabrication

·         Channel measurement and prediction

·         Information theory and advanced wireless access

·         Broadband wireless (including 4G cellular)

·         Network architectures and cross-layer interaction

·         Gigabit wireless local/personal area networks

·         Computational electromagnetics

·         RF technologies

Electrical Energy Management

The Electrical Energy Management group researches, designs, builds and tests advanced energy conversion systems containing renewable energy, power electronic and electro-mechanical conversion systems and energy storage elements, in order to optimize efficiency or power/ energy density. The group places a growing emphasis on the efficient management of electrical energy and focuses its research in two main areas:

·         More-Electric Technologies: modelling, design and optimisation of generators, motors and actuators for application in hybrid-electric vehicles and renewable energy conservation.

·         Low-Power Systems: design and system level modelling of vibration energy harvesting devices and power electronic devices and circuits.

Visual Information Laboratory

Vision science research at Bristol is at the forefront of the study of human and animal vision, artificial vision systems and image analysis. The group is embodied by the Visual Information Laboratory, which stimulates interdisciplinary research in order to promote future development of this field. The group's core research areas of coding and transport also include new parametric coding and analysis methods, distributed video coding and image fusion. The group's activities fall into three main areas:

·         Efficient Algorithms and Architectures

·         Error Resilience and Transport

·         Image and Video Content Analysis


Photonics, the science of light, is underpinning many recent developments in communications, solar power, lighting, data storage, displays and could even lead to a quantum revolution in computing. Optical fibre communications forms the backbone of all land based communications. The Photonics group is pursuing world leading research topics leading to cheaper, faster information and communication technologies, inexpensive sensors to revolutionize healthcare and new methods of harvesting renewable energy. Cutting-edge research focuses on three key areas:

·         Photonic Quantum Information: secure quantum key distribution, photon sources, quantum gates and integrated quantum circuits.

·         Optical Communications: optical transmission and optical switching technologies.

·         Photonic Materials and Devices: low dimensional semiconductor quantum structures, photonic device fabrication and characterisation, nanophotonics, solar cells and sensors.


The Microelectronics Research Group is a team of world-leading academic experts in computer architecture, design verification, fault tolerance, reconfigurable technologies and high performance computing. The group brings together researchers from a range of academic disciplines in order to address its primary research theme of 'Energy-Aware Computing' (EACO), with expertise across the entire system stack, from transistors up to software applications.

High-Performance Networks

The High-Performance Networks Group (HPNG) specializes in the application of advanced technologies to future communication network infrastructures together with the study of control, node architectures, and technologies best suited for future requirements. The group has a very strong collaborative profile and interacts with researchers and users in the UK, EU, US, Japan and China. Research areas include:

·         Optical packet, burst and circuit switched networks

·         High speed (ie 1Tbps) optical systems and networks

·         Architecture on Demand

·         Cloud Computing

·         Active optical network architectures and technologies

·         Programmable and flexible network protocols/algorithms/functionalities

 Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes

Applicants who hold a Bachelor (Honours) degree will be considered for admission to a Masters degree. Applicants who hold a Masters degree will be considered for admission to PhD study.

Applicants who hold 4 or above in HKCEE English or grade C or above in HKALE AS level English are likely to be exempt from English language testing.




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