Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Run by Faculty of Engineering
Awards available PhD, MSc by research
Programme length MScR: One year full-time;two years part-time; one further year to write up thesis.
PhD: Three years full-time; six years part-time; one further year to write up thesis.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study considered on a case-by-case basis.
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 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time
Overseas (including EU): full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2021/22

A number of funded studentships are available each year, supported by research council, industry, University or other funds. View the faculty website for a list of currently available funded projects or visit jobs.ac.uk.

View Information on funding postgraduate study for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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

PhD applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a Master degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants without a masters qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree.  

MSc by Research applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline and demonstrate readiness to pursue a research degree.  

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

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, 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.


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.


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 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering), 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 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, (Reader in Wireless Connectivity), Communications theory.

Dr Paul Warr, (Senior Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Radio frequency enabling technologies.

Electrical Energy Management

Dr Steve Burrow, (Reader in Aircraft Systems)

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

Dr Saeed Jahdi, (Lecturer)

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 Sam Williamson, (Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Dr Xibo Yuan, (Reader in Electrical Energy Conversion), Electrical energy conversion.

High-Performance Networks

Dr George Kanellos, (Lecturer in Electrical & Electronic Engineering), Exploiting recent advancements in photonic integration to introduce radically new architectural approaches and concepts in Datacom and Computercom; Routing and switching technologies for telecom applications

Dr Reza Nejabati, (Reader in Optical Networks), 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 Shuangyi Yan, (Lecturer in High Performance Networking & Optical Networking)


Dr Krishna Coimbatore Balram, (Lecturer in Photonic Quantum Engineering)

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.

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

Dr Peter Turner, (Senior Lecturer in Quantum Engineering)

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

Visual Information Laboratory

Dr Alin Achim, (Reader in Biomedical Image Computing), Statistical image and video processing.

Dr Dimitris Agrafiotis, (Senior Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering), 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 in Computer Science)

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

Dr Neill Campbell, (Reader in Computer Science)

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

Professor Majid Mirmehdi, (Professor of Computer Vision)

How to apply
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REF 2014 results

Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 11 and 15.

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.


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