To develop an advanced battery monitoring system for single or multi-cell batteries used in standby or emergency power systems

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Engineering

Application deadline: open until filled

Start date: As soon as possible



Dr Paul Lefley and  Dr Jose Miguel Rojas Siles

Collaborative partner

The Leicester Innovation Hub is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and in collaboration with the Industry partner Cellcare Technologies Ltd. is offering a 1 Year MPhil Studentship.


By working with the University of Leicester on this industrial MPhil, the company aims to create a new capability ‘in-house’ which will enable them bring their idea of a unique, new, intelligent battery monitoring system to life and have a product design that can then be manufactured and sold to its customers both nationally and further afield (exports to Europe and the USA).  

Key deliverables as part of this MPhil will include:

  • Completion of an algorithmic software
  • Intelligent software coding
  • Completion of all hardware add-ons
  • Production of upgraded Battery Pod units enabling profits of £6,500

Conditions to apply

The MPhil student: 

  • must be a UK or EU (European Union) national
  • have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline
  • adhere to project confidentiality
  • at the start of the project assign any arising IP from the project
  • base their MPhil degree thesis on the research outcomes of the project
  • work closely with the Small/Meduim Enterprise (SME) company to undertake the research project; deliver monthly progress reports and a comprehensive project report to the University and sponsoring SME in addition to completion of the MPhil thesis. 

The MPhil project will have a research focus and will be supervised by two University of Leicester academics 



This Industrial MPhil is funded by the Leicester Innovation Hub (through European Development Fund monies) and the sponsoring SME.  

The studentship comprises

  • Monthly stipend of £1,166.67 per month for 12 months (Total Stipend £14,000)
  • Tuition Fees at UK/EU rates for 12 months

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


  • Bachelor Degree with at least a UK 2.1 or better in computer science, or related disciplines or overseas equivalent qualification
  • Experience in algorithm development, software programming
  • University English language requirements apply.

Required Skills:

  • Data analysis skills and statistical skills are essential for this project
  • Software testing
  • Research and network development
  • Skills in programming languages (java, python, c++)
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with core stakeholders (academics, sponsoring SME).
  • Business engagement/development skills and aptitude. 
  • Effective English oral and written skills in order to communicate effectively. 
  • A self-starter who is able to work as part of a team.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Application enquiries: 

Project enquiries: Dr Paul Lefley 

Leicester Innovation Hub enquiries

Jenny Hollis

How to apply

How to apply

To apply please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page.

In the funding section of the application, please select 'Studentship' and in the dropdown menu, select 'ERDF MPhil project'.

In the 'Personal Statement' section, please indicate clearly why you are interested in undertaking this research project and why you are the best candidate to help deliver the project objectives.

In the 'Research Proposal Section' please state: 'Applying for MPhil Project Ref: LIH018.  We do not require a research proposal.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with the academics and the sponsoring SME.



UK or EU (European Union) nationals only.

Have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline.