Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Run by Faculty of Engineering
Awards available PhD , MSc by research
Programme length MSc: One year full-time; two years part-time
PhD: Three years full-time; six years part-time (considered on a case-by-case basis)
Both programmes (part-time and full-time) then have one further year to write up.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Start date Not fixed

Programme overview

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 more than 30 industrial organisations and has been successful in attracting substantial research funding from diverse sources in the UK, Europe and overseas.

The department has a strong research profile, with 30 academic staff, more than 60 postgraduate research students and 30 full-time research assistants contributing to numerous research projects. The quality of our research is recognised nationally and internationally.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£4,185
Overseas
£19,700

Part-time fees

UK/EU
£2,093

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

A number of funded studentships are available each year, supported by research council, industrial, University or other funds. Check the faculty website for a list of currently available funded projects or check www.jobs.ac.uk. Self-funded or sponsored students are also very welcome to apply.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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 research for more than 25 years and its pioneering work impacts the energy, healthcare, transport, semiconductor and telecommunications sectors. The group specialises 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 to optimise 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 Visual Information Laboratory stimulates interdisciplinary research to promote the 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

Photonics, the science of light, underpins many recent developments in communications, solar power, lighting, data storage and displays, and could even lead to a quantum revolution in computing. Optical fibre communications form the backbone of all land-based communications. The Photonics group pursues research topics that lead to cheaper and faster information and communication technologies, inexpensive sensors to revolutionise 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.

Microelectronics

The Microelectronics Research Group is a team of 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 to address its primary research theme of energy-aware computing, with expertise across the entire system stack, from transistors to software applications.

High-Performance Networks

The High-Performance Networks Group specialises in the application of advanced technologies to future communication network infrastructures, along with the study of control, node architectures and technologies best suited for future requirements. The group has a 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

Careers

Students from this programme typically go into a variety of careers, including working in research or academic roles at universities in the UK and overseas. A large number of students go on to work in industry.

Staff profiles

Communication Systems and Networks

Dr Simon Armour, (Senior Lecturer in Software Radio), Advanced wireless communications.

Professor Mark Beach, (Professor of Radio Systems Engineering), Advanced wireless access.

Dr Souheil Ben Smida, (Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Advanced architectures of highly efficient wireless transmitters; microwave instrumentation for medical application.

Professor Ian Craddock, (Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Electromagnetics and antenna design.

Dr Angela Doufexi, (Reader in Wirless Networks), Advanced wireless communications.

Dr Francesco Fornetti, (Teaching Fellow), Wide bandgap semiconductor devices and materials

Dr Geoff Hilton, (Senior Lecturer in Electrical & Electronic Engineering), Antenna design and analysis.

Professor Martin J Cryan, (Professor of Applied Electromagnetics and Photonics), Photonic crystals and wireless-over-fibre.

Dr Maciej Klemm, (Senior Research Fellow), Microwave imaging.

Dr Evangelos Mellios, (Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Antennas, radiowave propagation and PHY-layer system-level analysis

Dr Kevin Morris, (Reader in Radio Frequency Engineering), Efficient radio amplifier and system design.

Dr George Oikonomou, (Lecturer)

Dr Robert Piechocki, (Senior Lecturer), Communications theory.

Professor Andrew R Nix, (Dean of Faculty of Engineering)

Dr Paul Warr, (Senior Lecturer), Radio frequency enabling technologies.

Electrical Energy Management

Dr Julian Booker, (Reader in Design and Manufacture)

Dr Steve Burrow, (Reader in Aircraft Systems)

Dr Dave Drury, (Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering), Electrical energy management and control.

Dr Neville McNeill, (Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics), Electrical power conversion.

Professor Phil Mellor, (Head of Group Professor of Electrical Engineering), Electrical machines; power electronics and control.

Dr Nick Simpson, (Lecturer in Electrical Engineering)

Dr Bernard Stark, (Reader in Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Sustainable energy management.

Dr Rafal Wrobel, (Senior Research Fellow)

Dr Xibo Yuan, (Lecturer), Electrical energy conversion.

High-Performance Networks

Dr Reza Nejabati, (Senior Lecturer), Future internet; network virtualisation service; ultra high-speed networks.

Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, (Head of Group/Professor in High Performance Networks), Optical networks, cloud computing and future internet.

Dr Georgios Zervas, (Senior Lecturer), Flexible optical networks; network programmability and cognition; on-chip and off-chip communication.

Microelectronics

Dr Kerstin Eder, (Reader in Design Automation and Verification)

Professor David May, (Professor of Computer Science)

Mr Simon McIntosh-Smith, (Reader in High Performance Computing)

Dr Jose Nunez-Yanez, (Senior Lecturer in Electronic Circuit Design), Reconfigurable computing and video coding.

Dr Dinesh Pamunuwa, (Reader in Microelectronics), Microelectronics.

Photonics

Professor Martin Cryan, (Professor of Applied Electromagnetics and Photonics), Photonic crystals and wireless-over-fibre.

Dr Naim Dahnoun, (Reader in Teaching and Learning in Signal Processing)

Professor Jeremy O'Brien, (Professional Research Fellow in Physics and Electrical Engineering), Quantum information.

Dr Ruth Oulton, (Senior Lecturer), Spintronics.

Professor John Rarity, (Head of Group, Professor of Optical Communication Systems), Quantum optics; wavelength scale structures

Professor Judy Rorison, (Professor of Optoelectronics), Semiconductor materials and devices.

Dr Mark Thompson, (Reader in Quantum Photonics), Photonic integrated quantum circuits and photonic devices.

Professor Siyuan Yu, (Professor of Photonics Information Systems), Integrated photonic devices and optical communications.

Dr Georgios Zervas, (Senior Lecturer)

Visual Information Laboratory

Dr Alin Achim, (Senior Lecturer in Signal Processing), Statistical image and video processing.

Dr Dimitris Agrafiotis, (Senior Lecturer), Video transmission and error resilience.

Dr Dima Aldamen, (Lecturer in Computer Science)

Professor Dave Bull, (Head of Group & Professor of Signal Processing), Image and video compression.

Dr Tilo Burghardt, (Lecturer)

Dr Andrew Calway, (Reader in Computer Science/Head of Department)

Dr Neill Campbell, (Reader)

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, (Pro Vice-Chancellor)

Dr Paul Hill, (Research Fellow in Image Communication)

Dr Angeliki Katsenou, (Marie Curie Research Fellow)

Dr Walterio Mayol-Cuevas, (Reader in Robotics, Computer Vision and Mobile Systems)

Professor Christopher Melhuish, (Professor of Robotics and Autonomous System)

Professor Majid Mirmehdi, (Professor of Computer Vision/Engineering Faculty Education Director)

Dr Jose Nunez-Yanez, (Reader in Adaptive and Energy Efficient Computing)

Professor Ioannis Pitas, (Professor of Image Processing), 3D imaging and biomedical imaging; Affective computing; Computer vision; Human-centered interfaces; Image/video processing; Intelligent digital media; Machine learning

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