Novel Passive Microwave Devices PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

Microwave systems are becoming more mainstream with wearable applications needing to work at higher frequencies. There is a requirement for circuits and devices that can perform at these frequencies in a cost-effective manner. Investigating this problem will mean looking at new production techniques and new interconnection methods based around textiles, meta-materials and similar concepts.

Major areas requiring research are textile/flexible connectors, size reduction of flexible/textile circuit components and isolation of components form the human body to ensure human safety s well as correct circuit operation.
A successful applicant will have the ability to grasp the electromagnetic implications of novel technologies at microwave frequencies as well as a firm understanding of the application areas unfolding as technology advances. (S)he will be joining a team of established researchers supervising a number of PhD students in the microwaves, antennas and wearable systems area.


Primary supervisor: Rob Seager

Secondary supervisor: TBC

Find out more

For further project details email Rob Seager or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electronics or a closely related subject. 

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Electronics or wireless communications engineering with an emphasis on propagation and microwave engineering.

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 and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: RSUF2018