An exploration of Information and Communication Technologies for the digital revolution in manufacturing PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years
Not available
Reference number:
Start date:
January 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
21 October 2017



in the UK for research quality

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in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2018


of 2 Queen's Anniversary Prizes


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

This project will offer the opportunity to work with some of the UK leading organisations in advanced manufacturing and intelligent automation technology to create new concepts and solutions for the digital revolution in manufacturing. It is co-sponsored by The MTC and you will join the Intelligent Automation research group in the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

The project will focus on exploring latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to design and test transformative solutions that address the challenges faced by High Value Manufactures. During the project advanced data-driven learning approaches will be combined with embedded, distributed computing solutions building on the emerging paradigms of Cyber-Physical Systems and Industrial Internet of Things. You will have access to some of the best equipped labs in the UK at both the MTC and Loughborough University and work alongside some highly skilled researchers and engineers. 

Find out more

For further project details email Prof Niels Lohse or register your interest and ask us a question.

Enquiries about the application process and CDT programme can be made to or visit the website answers to frequently asked questions about the CDT, visit the website

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Automation or Applied Mathematics or other relevant discipline. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: high level programming language, control system design, embedded systems, simulation and modelling.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


The studentship is for four years and provides a tax free stipend of at least £17,553 per annum for the duration, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this funding is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement   

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical Engineering, Wolfson School’.

Application details

Please quote reference number: CDTEI_Lohse

Reference number CDTEI_Lohse
Funding availability UK/EU/International
Location Loughborough