Our research focuses on providing innovative and practical solutions to industrial problems, with particularly strong industry-focused research in the oil and gas and renewable/sustainable energy sectors. This research is well recognised for transferring new technologies to industry through spin-out companies, patents and knowledge transfer partnerships.

MRes | MPhil | PhD | EngD
Start Date
February & September (EngD) | October (MRes/MPhilL/PhD)

We develop original ideas through to applications, with particular emphasis on implementation for wealth creation and life-quality improvement.

We have several laboratory suites specifically designed for research and promote a dynamic environment without traditional discipline-related barriers; which has benefited the development of multi-disciplinary Research Groups which are Well Engineering, Multiphase Flow Modelling, Condition Monitoring, and Advanced Materials. The related subjects of Energy, Environment and Sustainability (EES) extend across a range of significant research activities within our Design & Technology Research subjects. 

Engineering Doctorate

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is an alternative to the traditional PhD, designed for those who want a career in the engineering industry.

We will support you to innovate and implement new ideas in practice, where you will gain the technical and business skills required to become a future leader.

Research Areas

We welcome proposal submissions to undertake research in the following areas, although other areas will be considered:


The research in instrumentation investigates the modelling, analysis, design, control, simulation and development of various systems and devices. 

Research in sensors covers a wide range of fields including photochemistry, environmental tracers and sensors, clean technology, photocatalysis, photonics, spectroscopy, biosensors, instrumentation, environmental sensing and monitoring. 

For further information, please contact Dr Radhakrishna Prabhu.


In the Energy Group, research is centred around flow modelling, petroleum engineering, process and membrane technology and renewable energy. This research is made up of four subgroups and is home for the Sand Management Forum; a group of over thirty industrial organisations that have an interest in research and development of sand management in oil and gas exploration and production. 

For further information, please contact Dr Mamdud Hossain.


The research in the Advanced Materials Group investigates material science, engineering, engineering design, manufacturing, testing and condition monitoring. The group is made up of two subgroups: condition monitoring and advanced engineering materials. Current advanced materials and manufacturing research focuses around novel materials; to improve toughness and functional performance, mainly using nanomaterials and composites. Research includes non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques and condition monitoring of materials and structure for future generation products. 

For further information, please contact Dr Nadimul Faisal.



Normal entry requirements are a first or upper second class honours degree from a University in the UK, or from an overseas university, or degree equivalent qualification, subject to the approval of Robert Gordon University. Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme.

Applicants holding qualifications other than those above shall be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the proposed research programme. Applicants will normally register for an MSc/PhD or MRes/PhD with transfer to PhD dependent on satisfactory progress. However, applicants who already possess a Master’s degree which includes a significant research component could be registered directly for a PhD, subject to a satisfactory research proposal, and clear evidence of research expertise.


Applicants to the EngD course will be established Engineers or Technologists in full-time employment. Ideally you will have at least 4 years of postgraduate industrial experience, and have reached a responsible technical position within the organisation. Typical candidates will be ambitious, seeking routes to achieve personal and company goals, and will have acknowledged that they require specialist skills and knowledge in research and management skills to operate at an executive level.

In addition, applicants with a recognised Master’s Degree (MSc or MEng) relevant to the proposed area of research, accompanied with a developed detailed research plan, may be considered for direct entry to the EngD project phase. Alternative qualifications may be considered, which would normally require an interview. You could be permitted to transfer from the traditional PhD to the EngD if the above requirements are met.

English Language Requirements

Any applicant whose first language or language of previous University-level instruction is not English must normally demonstrate competence in English. This should be a score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


For Academic Year 2022/2023


  • Full time - £4,596 per academic year
  • Part time MPhil/PhD - £2,760 per academic year
  • Part time MRes/MSc by research - £2,298 per academic year


  • Full time - £17,000 per academic year
  • Part time MPhil/PhD - £10,200 per academic year
  • Part time MRes/MSc by research - £8,500 per academic year

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


All applications should be made via the University's online application for research students.

Our Research degrees usually start in February and October each year. There is no official deadline for you to submit your application, though we recommend you submit it as early as possible in order to ensure we can help you join us at your preferred time.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by:
  • Two academic references
  • A transcript or mark sheet for all graduate qualifications
  • A draft research proposal, or at least a short summary to indicate the potential area of research (Refer to Section 8 of the Application Form)

For applicants whose first language or language of university education is not English, applications must include:

  • Certificate of English language competency score of IELTS 6.5 in each of the four test components (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking).
  • Students who can demonstrate successful completion of tertiary (university or college) studies in a country whose national language is English, may be exempted from this requirement.


For more information on your proposal and application:

Dr Taimoor Asim
Research Degree Coordinator
+44 (0) 1224 26 2457


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