PhD in Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion (PESEP)

Newcastle University

United Kingdom


“Every year the UK industry needs more than 1,000 new engineers to drive the electric revolution in transport and energy.”

Our Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) will create a new generation of UK power electronics and electric drives specialists and leaders, who will ensure that the revolution of moving away from harmful fossil fuel propulsion progresses rapidly and successfully.


The CDT in Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion (PESEP) is a joint venture between Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham. The CDT is supported by more than 20 industrial partners and 7 networks.

Our graduates will:

  • be highly employable due to their training being embedded in industrial challenges
  • have the potential to become future leaders through parallel entrepreneurial and business acumen training
  • drive the UK forward in electric propulsion development and manufacturing
  • become ambassadors for cross-disciplinary thinking in electric propulsion and mentors to their colleagues

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Benefits of joining our programme

All students will spend the first semester in Newcastle and the second semester in Nottingham. After the second semester students will either be placed at one university and/or at the industrial partner’s site depending on the project.

Highlights of the training programme include:

  • Fusion-Training-Units - a revolutionary new training method combining technical knowledge with professional skills
  • Supervisor-on-Demand scheme - students will get support from their main academic and industrial supervisor and also from a pool of experts throughout training and research
  • A large choice of taught modules and laboratories - subjects in engineering, science, business tailored to students' needs.

Eligibility Criteria

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of this CDT and we are looking for students with a background in any area of engineering or science. You will have a minimum qualification of a 2:1 Bachelors degree.


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