Computational electromagnetics of advanced magnetic devices and systems. Self-funded PhD in Engineering Ref: 3078

About the Research Project

Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Academic Supervisors:
Dr Mustafa M Aziz,University of Exeter

Project Description:
The advent of high frequency, short wavelength spin-wave magnetic devices and magnetic composites and metamaterials for data processing, signal communication, microwave and medical applications necessitate the development of advanced models and computational tools that take into account the complex interaction of electromagnetic fields with nonlinear magnetic materials.


This research programme aims at formulating, implementing, and applying advanced computational electromagnetic approaches involving the Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) and Finite-Element (FE) methods to a challenging problem in the general areas of:
- Microwave composites and metamaterials
- Spin-wave electronics
- Magnetic data storage
- Magnetic sensor design, and
- Non-destructive inspection of magnetic (steel) structures.

FDTD simulations

Figure: FDTD simulations (including magnetic material model) of a 300nm metallic magnetic prism excited by a 10GHz electromagnetic plane wave, showing the complex behaviour of the magnetic fields (coloured contours) and magnetisation (arrows) inside the prism with increasing time (left to right), which affects the high frequency response of the structure.

For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor: Dr Mustafa M Aziz

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this research project must have obtained a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. Experience in Engineering is desirable.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and two academic references. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project. You may also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most academic qualification.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email

Please quote reference 3078 on your application and in any correspondence about this project.


Application deadline:10th June 2018
Value:This project is self-funded
Duration of award:Not applicable
Contact: EMPS Postgraduate Research Office