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Research degrees

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Find out more about Research Degrees in Brunel. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

Proposed PhD Projects

Antimicrobial resistance in marine mammals (seals) from polluted waters
This project offers the right candidate a £5000 bursary contribution in the first year only. Please contact the supervisor for more detail. This project addresses an urgent Global Challenge – the grow...
Partially Funded
Sustainable products & processes - help industry ditch the plastic and toxic chemicals!
This project offers the right candidate a £5000 bursary contribution in the first year only. Please contact the supervisor for more detail. Material and energy used for making products can have signif...
Partially Funded
The impact of heat stress on human health, performance, and function across the lifecourse
The interaction between climate change, ageing, and sedentary behaviour mean the elderly are a highly vulnerable cohort for heat-related illness. This is a pressing public health concern given the num...
Self Funded
Understanding the mechanisms of metabolic reprogramming in cancer: towards novel therapies
As you read this, millions of the cells in your body are dying. Do not panic – this is not bad news. Most of them are either superfluous or potentially harmful, so you are better off without them. In ...
Self Funded
Deep learning-based autonomous diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract cancers
Gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths. Deep learning-based diagnosis of GI tract diseases has the potential to revolutionise diagnostic speed, accuracy, and cost...
Self Funded
Developing computational models to understand the evolution of bidirectional catalysts in biology
Proteins are complex biological macromolecules coordinating a plethora of biological functions in the cell. Some proteins, i.e. enzymes, catalyse biological reactions. While some of these reactions ar...
Self Funded
Deep Learning for Medical Imaging
For over a decade, the Intelligent Data Analysis Research Group has been working in an extensive area of artificial intelligence and data science. Recent projects include medical imaging, bioimaging, ...
Self Funded
Machine learning approaches in health data science for risk prediction of cardiovascular diseases
Cardiovascular disease is killing over 17 million people in the world. almost a third of the death from cardiovascular diseases occur suddenly without prior signs and symptoms or diagnosis of any hear...
Self Funded
Artificial intelligence experimental design for healthcare data
The PhD research will investigate efficient ways of applying artificial intelligence in healthcare. Artificial intelligence and, in particular, machine learning algorithms have proved extremely effici...
Self Funded
Investigating KAT2A as a novel therapeutic target in neuroblastoma
The Pina lab is looking for a highly-motivated, technically-able and independent-thinking candidate to undertake a PhD project researching the role of histone acetyl-transferase KAT2A in neuroblastoma...
Self Funded


Funding for doctoral studies

A number of studentships and other research funding opportunities are available at Brunel. Please see full list here: Research degree funding

Choosing your supervisor

Our researchers create knowledge and advance understanding, and equip versatile graduates with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society. Browse the list of the members of our Theme to select your potential supervisor here. You are welcome to approach your potential supervisor directly to discuss your research interests.

All research degrees are administered by the Postgraduate Programmes Office in Colleges. Once you have identified your area of research and a potential supervisor, please use the contact details provided here for enquiries.