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Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Find out more about Research Degrees at Brunel. Please explore our Theme webpages for the latest research project opportunities for students, including those available through our membership of NERC and ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships, described below.

ESRC studentships in social science research through the Grand Union DTP

The Institute hosts ESRC-funded social science studentships through its leadership of the Health and Wellbeing Pathway of the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP). Commencing in October 2017, the GUDTP is an innovative collaboration with Oxford University and The Open University which allows students to access specialist training and professional development opportunities across all three universities. The GUDTP Health and Wellbeing pathway is led by Brunel and delivered collaboratively with the two partner universities. 

Students joining the GUDTP Health and Wellbeing pathway at Brunel can apply to undertake research across a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges.  Studentships are available within three IEHS research areas - Welfare, Health and Wellbeing PhD, Ageing Studies PhD, and Health Economics PhD. Areas of expertise include sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing; health and wellbeing in older age; lifestyle behaviours and health inequalities; health and wellbeing among young people, including sexual health and anti-violence interventions; and evaluation methodologies for health and wellbeing interventions. For more information on the areas of research expertise within the Themes, visit their webpages above.


Membership of the Natural Environment Research Council – DTP

Staff from the Institute participate in the London NERC Doctoral Training Programme (DTP), a programme that currently funds 70 PhD students in the natural sciences.  The aim of the London NERC DTC is to attain new standards of excellence in environmental science research training, and deliver a transformative inter-disciplinary experience for PhD students in the heart of London. Students are trained at 9 of the world-leading research centres, which cover a huge range of environmental science research, from those driven by contemporary environmental challenges to those exploring complex questions about the evolution of planet Earth. Examples of projects offered by the theme can  be found here http://london-nerc-dtp.org/phd-projects-2/


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.

Specialist equipment and facilities

Students have access to our state of the art research facilities, where we perform molecular biological and toxicological research, as well as chemical analyses and separation chromatography. We have specialist laboratories to house fish and invertebrate species. 

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 Institute 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.