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Current PhD Scholarships February 2022

The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is an ambitious and progressive centre of research strength, ranked 25th nationally for research power in the last Research Excellence Framework. We have a fabulous central London location and are looking for talented potential students interested in research to work with our academic faculty in areas of strength. We are offering a number of funded PhD scholarships below. These studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizens and overseas applicants*. Those in possession of their own funding (e.g. via a non-EU government scholarship) are also always welcome to apply for a place of study. The School comprises for Divisions; Electrical and Electronic Engineering., Mechanical Engineering, Computer Systems and Chemical Engineering with a vibrant undergraduate and post graduate community.

PhD Scholarships are now available in the areas of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Signal Processing in imaging applications related to health. Energy Systems and related modelling, Refrigeration, Circular Economy Platforms, all with starting dates as soon as the end of April 2022:

Further details on each PhD projects as well as application information are provided via this link but all of our advertised PhD scholarships benefit from the following:

  • Training in advanced engineering topics
  • Excellent career prospects on completion of the PhD
  • Hands on teaching experience as part of your academic PhD development
  • Mentoring from industry on the application and context of research
  • Bespoke technical training
  • Enterprise and innovation skills training
  • Transferable skills development opportunities to increase employability
  • 3-year studentships of ~£18,000 per annum living stipend (tax free)
  • Payment of all tuition fees*
  • A school supported consumables and travel budget to support additional specialist research training courses, access to specialist equipment and travel to international conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Industry sponsored* cutting-edge research projects
  • Wide choice of PhD projects ranging from applied to blue-sky research
  • State-of-the-art research facilities in the centre of London
  • Opportunities for overseas secondments to industrial partners and universities

* for eligible students only

LSBU Research Centres Website:, please click on the link here to see the specific PhD posts available.

Closing date for applications:  1st of March 2022       PhD Start: April 2022 and September 2022

Research Centres and Groups

The School pursues research through the following Research Centres and Groups:


Research Excellence

LSBU is the top modern university in London for world-leading and internationally excellent research and Grade Point Average in General Engineering - Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 80% of this research has been awarded the highest quality ratings (4* or 3*) for its 'impact' (reach and significance).

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Research degree programmes

The wide range of research activities in the School, together with the mix of academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows and visiting professors, allows us to offer a stimulating and diverse postgraduate environment. Read more about Research Degrees at LSBU.

Available PhD courses

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