The Department of Engineering has an international reputation and critical mass in the fields of robotics and telecommunications with increasing strengths in systems engineering, control, material science and thermofluids. We have a strong grant portfolio in all our major areas of activity.
Staff are reputed nationally and internationally and collaborate closely with the KCL Health Schools (including St Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospitals) and numerous industrial partners. The Department is strongly interested in multidisciplinary research at the interfaces between Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Computer Science and Medicine.
Course study environment
We are a department with many internationally recognised researchers and visiting academics, large groups of PhD students, research assistants, national and international projects, collaborations with other departments as well as links with industry. We offer an exciting environment and excellent opportunities for research.
Our PhD students have access to good library facilities, designated PhD offices within the Department where PhD students can dock an assigned laptop for use throughout their studies. Regular group seminars are organised providing PhD students with the chance to showcase their research and receive feedback from academic staff and peers. PhD students also have access to college-based training in transferable and research skills.
The Department is located on the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London, close to the cultural activities of the West End and the South Bank, to the major departments of state at Whitehall, the leading financial institutions of the City and within easy reach of major transport links. Our facilities are close to the British Computer Society and the Institute of Engineering & Technology (and the IET Library), with access to a formidable collection of scientific journals and other technical material.
Our staff and students come from all over the world, which provides a rich environment for teaching and research. Diversity is positively encouraged.
Faculty and College induction courses are scheduled at the beginning of your degree to prepare you for life as a PhD student. All students are required to complete 10 days of training each year. There is a centrally provided programme of related and transferable skills training coordinated by the Centre for Doctoral Studies.
Research students are also encouraged to submit papers to conferences, and we try to provide financial support for them to travel to present their papers.
Our research students are also encouraged to teach alongside their studies to help prepare them for a potential future career in academia.
Head of group/division
Head of Department: Professor Barbara Shollock
Each MPhil/PhD student has a supervisory team consisting of a main supervisor and a second researcher.
The Department has many partners both industrial and academic, and any individual PhD project may be associated to a partnership.