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PhD topics for research students

Find below a list of currently available self-funded PhD topics.

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Supervisor
Application Deadline
Funding
Development of next generation bioreactor models
Industrial biotechnology is increasingly being seen as a way in which we can sustainably produce the products we need. These include plastics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food ingredients and many oth...
22/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Sustainable production of Vitamin K1
The project: Vitamin K1 is an essential nutrient in both human and animal nutrition. Given the increasing environmental pressures facing us as a society there is a need to develop safe, sustainable an...
22/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Sustainable production of high-value compounds using cyanobacteria
The project: Increasing environmental challenges means there is a need for novel, safe, sustainable and cost-effective production technologies. From this perspective production of chemicals using cyan...
22/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Design for early detection of symptoms of anxiety and depression in university students
Anxiety, depression, and psychological distress can have a severe impact on university student quality of life and academic performance, and recent studies have highlighted the role that the COVID-19 ...
22/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Sustainable products & processes - help industry ditch the plastic and toxic chemicals!
Material and energy used for making products can have significant adverse environmental, health and safety and or socioeconomic impacts. Life cycle analysis (LCA) and life cycle sustainability assessm...
15/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Antimicrobial resistance in marine mammals (seals) from polluted waters
This project addresses an urgent Global Challenge – the growing widespread incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It will be the first to investigate an unreported alarming concern, that wild se...
15/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
The impacts of systemic violence on the Traveller community
This would be a criminology based PhD looking at the impacts of systemic violence in terms of increased marginalisation and criminalisation of the Traveller Community. I would be particularly interest...
15/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Exploring Mediated Forms of Sexual Commerce
The student is invited to investigate forms of postmodern sexual commerce that have come into existence since the inception of the internet. Preferably these would be forms of sex work that are entire...
15/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Design of virtual immersive environments for inclusive multimodal experiences
Immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality are a topic of fast-paced research, and knowledge boundaries are presently being pushed by design research on inclusive immersive social environments, am...
15/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Design of digital technology and machine learning solutions for mental health
The significant societal and economic impact of mental health conditions worldwide is well documented. With a growing awareness of mental health, the pressing need to streamline access to sustainable ...
15/09/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded