PhDs in Vibration Engineering

Not your average PhD

As a PhD researcher with the Vibration Engineering Section, you can: 

  • Access the UK’s most advanced facilities for vibration testing, analysis and control

  • Bring your ideas to life beyond computer modelling: develop a prototype in our labs, test it and deploy it as a real-world solution, using our expertise and capabilities

  • Work on industry-led projects and network with global engineering consultancy companies
  • Be supported by supervisors at the forefront of their field

  • Undertake helicopter escape training

Funded PhD opportunities

The University of Exeter EPSRC DTP (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership) is offering fully funded doctoral studentships for 2019/20 entry. Students will be given sector-leading training and development with outstanding facilities and resources. 

The Vibration Engineering Section have the following project opportunities available:

For successful eligible applicants the studentship comprises:

  • An index-linked stipend for up to 3.5 years full time (currently £14,777 per annum for 2018/19), pro-rata for part-time students.
  • Payment of University tuition fees (UK/EU)
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £5,000 over 3.5 years, or pro-rata for part-time students

More information and how to apply »

Self-funded PhD studentships

Vibration Engineering academics can offer supervision for PhD Engineering candidates.

We are interested in hearing from candidates with an idea for a PhD project that relates to one or more of our research areas:

  • Vibration control of structures
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Vibration serviceability of civil structures under human dynamic loads
  • Human motion and biomechanics

See what our current PhD researchers are working on for a flavour of the kinds of projects we support.

Below are some examples of the kinds of PhD topic areas we are interested in supervising. View our profiles to check if your idea fits with our research interests. 

James Brownjohn

  • Modelling and mitigating low level ground borne vibrations transmitted to vibration sensitive facilities
  • Modelling behaviour of bridge bearings and expansion joints
  • Monitoring human motion using wearable sensors to reduce risk of trips and falls

Prakash Kripakaran

  • Big data analytics for monitoring-based management of civil infrastructure
  • Experimental and numerical evaluation of hydrodynamic effects on bridges
  • Performance assessment of masonry arch bridges through field monitoring

Alex Pavic

  • Perception of vibration for stationary and moving people in objects of infrastructure
  • In-situ monitoring and modelling effects of extreme events such as flooding, over-crowding and high winds on as-built structures
  • Effects of vertical non-structural partitions and facade on vibration performance of building floors

Paul Reynolds

  • Active control of vibrations in civil structures: improving control algorithms and enabling technologies
  • Semi-active damping technologies for low-level vibrations in civil structures. This could include applying magnetorheological (MR) fluids, variable friction devices and/or controllable orifice dampers to vibration serviceability problems.
  • Passive, active and hybrid isolation technologies for vibration-sensitive facilities

Applying for a self-funded PhD

  1. Read the information on the Engineering PhD programme page, and check you meet the entry criteria. 
  2. Propose a project idea to one of our academics, following the instructions below.
  3. Browse our list of alternative funding sources and information on how to fund a PhD
  4. Submit your application online, following the process explained on the postgraduate research website.
  1. Before applying for a PhD, please prepare a 500-word outline of your proposed research project, and send this by email to the academic whose research specialism matches your project. 
  2. If you receive a positive response, you can then plan to submit a formal application in the form of a research proposal. Please see the postgraduate research website for advice on writing a research proposal.

If your idea is not related to our specific research areas, please see the other Engineering research themes at the University, as another academic may be more suitable to supervise you.

PhDs part-funded by industry

If you work in an engineering-related field and want to enhance your knowledge and skills with a PhD, your employer may be able to sponsor you to undertake a PhD with us.

Likewise, if you are an employer interested in putting an employee forward for a PhD we would love to hear from you.

Email us for more information »