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PhD topics for research students

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

We encourage all students to contact the supervisor or the alternative contact person for more information and an informal chat to discuss the process of applying and preparing your research statement. For more information on how to apply click here.

Low-carbon cementitious composites from brick waste powder
The objective of this PhD is to develop high performing low-carbon engineering products that utilise brick waste from the demolition of buildings in two forms: 1) brick powder to be used as binder in ...
Self Funded
A digital twin-based analysis framework for structural health monitoring of existing masonry structures
In recent decades, structures have been experiencing increased severity in external actions caused by natural and anthropogenic hazards (earthquakes, floods and fire) due to climate change and global ...
Self Funded
Circular design tools for the metal sector
The PhD project will be linked to the UKRI Circular Metal Research Centre. In particular it will support the design stream of the programme. The PhD researcher will work within an interdisciplinary te...
Self Funded
Next generation aeroacoustically and aerodynamically efficient aerofoil
Applications are sought for a self-funded PhD student to undertake a 36-month research into fan broadband noise reduction at Brunel University London. This project represents an exciting opportunity t...
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...
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
Developing a device for marine life and water quality monitoring
We have developed a prototype water quality monitoring device. It is autonomous, waterproof, floating, cost-effective, self-powered and self-righting with a small, high capacity, on-board, re-chargeab...
Self Funded
Metasurfaces for smart environments
Metasurfaces consist of a planar array of subwavelength-spaced and electrically small particles, whose EM properties can be locally controlled to tailor the overall reflected/transmitted field. Metasu...
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Investigations into the law and ethics of biomedical technologies
In the course of the last three decades, scientific technologies have developed so tremendously that present-day advancements such as CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, three-dimensional organ bio printing, ...
Self Funded
Can AI based robot car win the race
A modern Formula 1 race is a breathtaking display of engineering precision. Yet the popularity of the sport arguably has less to do with the performance of the cars than with the skill and daring disp...
Self Funded