Brunel University London

Course Introduction

In the Advanced Powertrain and Fuels theme, we have particular strengths in improving the efficiency and reducing emissions of existing engines through developing advanced combustion processes and their controls and boosting technologies. We are equipped with the most advanced camless and direct injection research engines, as well as state'of'art laser and optical equipment for the study of fuels and engines: in particular marrying experimental and modelling methods and through the utilisation of advanced laser measurement techniques in transparent optical engines . The research on regenerative engine braking is feeding strongly into our commercialisation activities. We have particular interests in developing efficient bio'fuel supply chains, as well as a number of novel technologies for manufacturing bio'fuel from industrial waste and new combustion technologies optimised for bio'fuels.

As one of the largest and most active engine research groups in U.K., our research on internal combustion engines goes back to the late 1960s and involves 7 full'time members of academic staff, 25 PhD and RAs.

The faculty working on Advanced Powertrain and Fuels at Brunel have been recognised for their outstanding skills. In 2015, Prof Zhao was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, joining other distinguished academics from renowned research institutions and technologists from world'leading engineering companies. Hua was honoured for his fundamental and applied research into novel engine combustion concepts, air hybrid engine and vehicle technologies, and advanced laser diagnostics for the development of high efficiency and ultra'low emission powertrains for the automotive industry.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £18,000 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £18,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis