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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.23k / / Year (EEA)
  • Foreign: $ 12.9k / / Year (EEA)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    We offer research for the MPhil(Eng) and PhD degrees in the mainstream areas of signal processing, virtual reality and artificial life, educational technology, human factors, speech technologies, multimodal interaction, computer engineering, communications, control engineering, digital systems, power and solid-state devices and also in specialist areas such as acoustics and sonar, image processing, and high-critical-temperature superconductivity.
    About ten per cent of our higher degree students work externally, employed full-time.

    Key facts

    Type of Course: Doctoral research

    Duration: PhD - 3 years full-time, MPhil - 1 year full-time

    Start date: Registration for PhD and MPhil study can take place at the beginning of any month


    This research specialism focuses on interdisciplinary scientific work in the areas of clinical information systems for biomedical decision support, electronic clinical trials, the integrated electronic health care record, e-learning for evidence-based medicine, telecommunication technologies in health care, integrative biology (with a focus on metabolomics), biomedical image and signal processing, and biomedical data standardisation.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.



    The normal entrance requirements for MPhil (Eng) or PhD study are a first degree equivalent to at least a good UK upper second class honours standard. English language competence should be indicated (if English is not your first language) by a TOEFL score of 550 or more, or IELTS score of 6.0 or more. As scholarships are limited, it is recommended that applicants seek adequate financial support prior to applying.

    The degree requirements allow also for entry based on comparable ability, as indicated by a good UK MSc performance or a lower first-defree performance plus substantial relevant experience. For UK/EU applicants, full funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council or from other sources can usually be arranged through the school. Overseas applicants should seek financial support from sources in their home countries and schemes such as ORS; supplementary funding for ORS award holders can normally be provided.

    Decisions on EPSRC studentships are usually made in July or August and for ORS is early April. Please note that a PhD offer is required by the end of January to be considered for ORS, even if the start date for the PhD is later in the year.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

    The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    For home/EU applicants, full funding from EPSRC or from other sources can usually be arranged through us; the closing date for EPSRC studentships is late June, please contact the School directly for more information. Alternatively email|.
    International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

    See the University of Birmingham Website for more details on fees and funding.

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