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PhD opportunities

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Graduates of our PhD programmes are active with industrial firms, universities and research establishments, not only within the aerospace sector, but in fields as diverse as deep-sea oil rigs, atomic reactors, submarine and ship design, bridge research, racing car and engine research, atmospheric pollution, and in many other aspects of industrial aerodynamics, structural analysis and materials.

Find out how to apply for a research programme.

Highly qualified prospective PhD students are also encouraged to obtain their own PhD scholarship. Opportunities for this can be found on the postgraduate scholarship webpage (note that most of these are highly competitive).

Prospective students should contact relevant academic staff to agree on a suitable project if interested in this option.

Funded PhD opportunities

 

  • Title: Predictive Performance Dispersion Model of Satellite Thrusters
    Supervisor:
    Dr Aaron Knoll
    AE0046
    Deadline:
    21 May 2024
    Ref:
    AE0046

  • Title: Brahmal Vasudevan Institute for Sustainable Aviation - PhD Studentship on Multidisciplinary Aircraft Design
    Supervisor:
    Dr Rhea Liem
    Computational Modelling for Sustainable Aviation (CODE: BrahmalPh24-1)
    Deadline:
    23rd April 2024
    Ref:
    AE0045

  • Title: Brahmal Vasudevan Institute for Sustainable Aviation - PhD Studentship in Computational Modelling for Sustainable Aviation        
    Supervisor:
    Dr Sebastian Eastham
    AE0044_V2
    Deadline:
    Until filled
    Ref:
    AE0044

  • Title: Thermo-structural Characterisation of Hypersonic Vehicles
    AE0042
    Supervisor:
    Prof Matthew Santer
    Deadline:
    8th Jan 2024
    Ref:
    AE0042

     

    Title: Fluid Mechanics
    AE0041_V2
    Supervisor:
    Dr Yongyun Hwang
    Deadline:
    until filled
    Ref:
    AE0041_v2

  • Title: Brahmal Vasudevan Institute for Sustainable Aviation - Two PhD Studentships on Sustainable Aviation
    AE0038-Brahmal
    Supervisor: Prof Rafael Palacios, Prof Laura Mainini, Dr Wu, Billy
    Deadline: until filled
    Ref: AE0038


    Title: Coarse-grid CFD for plant-scale simulations
    AE0037 
    Supervisor: Prof Joaquim Peiro
    Deadline: until filled
    Ref: AE0037

  • Title: Composite materials in extreme environments
    AE0035_v2
    Supervisor: 
    Dr Gustavo Quino Quispe
    Deadline:
    until filled
    Ref:
    AE0035_v2

    Supervisor:
     
    ‌Dr Qianqian LI
    Deadline: Until filled
    Ref: AE0013v3
    Title:  Advanced lightweight metal nanocomposites for the energy transition: interface design and manufacture

    Advanced lightweight metal

 

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

The amount of funding you will need to fund a PhD will vary according to your fee status (UK, EU or overseas). Please see Imperial College's student fees and funding pages for information on fees, living costs and College-administered scholarships.

Students in the department are funded from a variety of sources, including UK Research Councils, industry, College scholarships and departmental funding.

For scholarships administered from either the College or our Department, any applicant is automatically considered for any scholarships they are eligible for, unless stated otherwise by the applicant and unless it is the President’s PhD Scholarship. Special procedures apply when applying for the President’s PhD Scholarship.

There are many funding options available for students, including, but not limited to the below: