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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: Digital Twin for Transformative Air Vehicle with IoT (internet of thing) sensors (Ref AE0029)

    Supervisor: 
    Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei
    Deadline:
    6th March 2023
    Ref: 
    AE0029

  • Title: PhD Studentship in Experimental Fluid Mechanics (AE0027)
    AE0027
    Supervisor:  Dr Oliver Buxton
    Deadline:
    22nd Feb 2023
    Ref: 
    AE0027

  • Title: An Investigation into future composite wing constructions for large civil aircraft (AE0026)
    AE0026
    Supervisor: 
    Professor Lorenzo Iannucci
    Deadline:
    Until filled
    Ref: 
    AE0026

  • Title: Design, manufacturing and characterisation of sustainable flexible packaging films (AE0025)
    AE0025
    Supervisor: 
     
    Professor Koonyang Lee
    Deadline:
     
    8th December 2022
    Ref: 
    AE0025

  • Title:  PhD Studentship in Optimization and control of adaptive aerospace structures using machine learning
    AE0024v2
    Supervisor: 
     
    Dr Urban Fasel
    Deadline:
      
    Until filled
    Ref: 
    AE0024v2

  • Title:   PhD students in the Structural Meta-Materials Group
    AE0023
    Supervisor: 
     Dr Rob Hewson and Dr Matthew Santer
    Deadline:
     
    Until filled
    Ref: 
    AE0023

    Title:    
     Computational Aeroelasticity - Variable Sweep Morphing Wingtip
    AE0015v2
    Supervisor:  
    Professor Rafael Palacios
    Deadline:  
    Until filled
    Ref: AE015v2
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  • Title:     Nanocarbon reinforced lightweight metal composites  
    AE0013
    Supervisor:  
    ‌Dr Qianqian LI
    Deadline: Until filled (originally 15th November 2021)
    Ref: AE0013

 

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: