London South Bank University

Course Introduction

Overview

The School of Engineering has a strong culture of research and enterprise. We are 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. REF awarded 80% of our research into General Engineering the two highest quality ratings (4* or 3*) for 'impact' (research and significance). This success is underpinned by a strong record of external income generation with the total current contract value of research and enterprise awards exceeding £4m. Income is generated from a wide range of sources including the research councils, European Union, industry, Government, charities, consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships where the School is one of the leaders nationally. Our research is to a very large degree interdisciplinary and collaborative with strong national and international links. A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team.

Employability

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars. When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas. In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
6 years
Distance Learning
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.
  • IELTS score: 7