Advanced Agile Architecture for Avionics Integration Facilities PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years
Not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
01 April 2018



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Project detail

Avionics integration for modern aircraft is a complex electronics problem currently performed by Original Equipment Manufacturers using costly bespoke test rigs for avionics integration and evaluation against both technical specifications and mission requirements. The complexity of modern aircraft can limit or even exclude re-use of the test rigs. This research will investigate alternatives for Advanced Agile Architectures for general purpose integration facilities that can be rapidly tailored to specific aircraft avionics systems and systems of systems.

This research project is suitable to complement and support a three year implementation project for such a facility.


Primary supervisor:  Charles Dickerson

Secondary supervisor:  David Mulvaney

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or related field.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Systems Engineering or Radar Systems.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

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.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: CD18092017