Executable Systems Architectures for Agile and Resilient Systems PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Not available
Reference number:
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
February 2018



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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

The increasingly interconnected world is advancing so fast that it is overtaking our understanding on how to best architect and maintain future complex systems. In addition, the need to continue to support legacy systems until they can be phased out is a potentially weak link in terms of designing adaptability and resilience into future systems. We are only too aware of the huge cost implications when products enter service and unanticipated behaviours/faults appear.

This studentship is focussed on creating a new branch of engineering where functional aspects of a system are maintained within an architecture rather than in software code that becomes obsolete in the future. The goal is to create an executable architecture that is independent on the implementation hardware but can be auto-coded for future technology. This will afford a great deal of obsolescence protection whilst facilitating reuse. This research will use the very latest systems and software engineering tools to create a seamless pipeline from system architecture development to deployable software. One of the key research goals is to develop new approaches to detecting undesirable emergent behaviour/design flaws before a product or system goes into service.


Primary supervisor: Prof Roy S. Kalawsky

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Computer Science related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in these subjects would also be advantageous. 

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 Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering. Please quote reference number: SFRK022017