The University of Kent school of Engineering and Digital Arts PhD studentship is offered to one student (UK/EU/international for up to three years, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate of £3,900, plus a combined salary and maintenance funding of £13,726.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake some teaching commensurate with their experience.Primarily based at Kent, the student will spend periods of time in the laboratories of University College London, and on a proposed placement at NICT in Japan.

Program Details

  • This project will investigate a technique for transporting multiple radio-frequency (RF) signals that occupy the same RF spectrum simultaneously over a single-fibre optical link.
  • The technique involves a vector modulation technique which both enhances the RF spectral efficiency compared to typical frequency translation and subcarrier multiplexing techniques, while minimizing cost compared to adopting wavelength division multiplexing.
  •  In particular, in the proposed project, previous work on the technique will be extended to examine the effects of crosstalk between in-phase (I), quadrature (Q) and non-frequency translated branches due to imperfect I-Q balance, and on the wireless signals’ dynamic range and the MIMO performance.  A fibre-wireless MIMO transmission experiment will also be carried out in a realistic indoor environment to confirm the operation of the technique.
  • The work will build on the Kent expertise in MIMO algorithms, for example, examining whether the non-ideal fibre channel can be considered part of an overall MIMO channel in the feedback channel state information, as well as techniques for more straightforward crosstalk minimization.
  • The work can be benchmarked against previous work carried out by the Kent group for 5G wireless/mobile systems in the EU Framework Programme Integrated Project FUTON.
  • In a final stage of the work, performance measurement strategies will be proposed during a placement in Japan, and in the context of standardisation activities which are largely led by National Institute for Communication Technologies (NICT), but in which Kent participates.


To be eligible for the award, applicants must be

  • Excellent student with a strong first degree or Master’s degree in electronic engineering or related areas relevant to the PhD topic.
  • Open to Home, EU and overseas applicants (please note that the tuition fee part of the award covers Home/EU rates only).

How to apply

  • Submit an online application for a PhD place (admission) in Electronic Engineering, specifying the research topic – Optical fibre transport of MIMO/virtual-MIMO radio signals for 5G wireless/mobile systems.

Deadline: Application closes on February 28, 2014

 For details of this scholarship and to apply online click here

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