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PhD topics for research students

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

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Design, development, and optimisation of a six-legged robot for hybrid walking and manipulation in challenging environments
This project aims to develop a novel six-legged walking robot with features of high stability, mobility, manipulation, and precise-machining capabilities via optimised design of the leg mechanism and ...
Self Funded
Reliability Analysis of Adhesively Bonded Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites
The Brunel Composites Centre (BCC) conducts research in phenomena that take place at the interface of composites with other types of materials. Current research projects cover composites processing, c...
Self Funded
Intelligent, Interpretable and Adaptive Design of Steel Structures using Deep Learning and NLP
The overall aim of this research is to develop a smart design assistant which is able to intuitively perform the design of complex steel structures to Eurocode Standards. Design errors are common, cos...
Self Funded
Design of virtual immersive environments for advanced anatomy training
Virtual immersive environments, including those that are anticipated to become available in the context of the Metaverse – a future immersive virtual world envisaged as a hypothetical iteration of the...
Self Funded
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...
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...
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...
Self Funded
Crystal Plasticity Modelling of Hexagonal Closed-Pack (HCP) Materials for Manufacturing
HCP materials such as titanium and magnesium have low formability at room temperatures and tend to have brittle behaviour during forming. HCP materials have two major deformation mechanisms - slip and...
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...
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...
Self Funded