Optical Sensors for Ultra Low Engine Emissions PhD

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 July 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
31 March 2018



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Project detail

Joining one of the largest University based automotive propulsion research groups in the world this project is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of state-of-the art methodology for future advanced automotive propulsion systems.  This project is a high profile, national project working with several internationally recognised industrial and academic partners.  The overall aim is to revolutionise the way in which next generation automotive propulsion systems perform thorough the use of optical sensors.

Optical measurement techniques are often used in experimental investigations for research on engine performance and to aid their development and calibration processes. Using optical sensors on production engines is a challenging aspiration – particularly in making them robust, have high temporal response while also being cost effective. This project will investigate bringing research methods closer to production by considering these aspects while considering what optically obtained information is valuable for an engine control system. The impact of a successful project is to deliver a technology that can significantly reduce automotive combustion emissions that are harmful to local air quality.


Primary supervisor: Dr Adrian Spencer

Secondary supervisor: Dr Byron Mason

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Adrian Spencer or register your interest and ask us a question.

General information about the Department of Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering can be found here.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical engineering or a related subject such as physics.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Optical Engineering, Engines or other Automotive related background.

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

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

The studentship offered is for 3 years and is intended to start by July 2018. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of up to £16,000 per annum for up to three years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select ‘Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering’

Please quote reference number: AAE-AS-1726

Application details

Reference number:  AAE-AS-1726
Application deadline: 31 March 2018
Start date: 01 July 2018
Interview date: To be advised