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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

Hear from our former PhD researchers

Funded PhD opportunities


There are no funded PhD opportunities available at this time. 


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

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

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


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 »