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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 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 ...
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Disruptive Digital Experiences
Digital experiences deliberately go beyond simply communicating information - they seek to strongly engage, involve, and emotionally affect the user using digital means. A huge array of interactions a...
Self Funded
Constructing a stable world: how the brain uses gaze direction to disambiguate sensory information
When objects move in the real world, they create a wave of activity across the retina representing that movement. But the same effect could be achieved by moving our eyes across a static object. The b...
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International law and the psychological impact of warfare on civilians
Drawing on the emerging field of psychology of international law, the PhD student will examine how international law discusses or should discuss civilian mental harm in warfare from a substantive as w...
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Behaviour of stainless steel reinforced concrete structures in fire
Premature deterioration and failure of concrete buildings and infrastructure due to corrosion of the reinforcement is a severe challenge facing the structural engineering community from a technical pe...
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Power system optimisation under intermittent energy sources
The project will address optimisation of power distribution under intermittent energy sources (such as wind power) with unpredictable output. The intermittency and unpredictability of renewable energy...
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Geometric deep learning
Deep learning has had tremendous success in a variety of applications. Nevertheless, many data don’t follow a euclidean underlying structure: for example social networks, sensor networks, types of bra...
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The Development of an Artificial Heart
Background: Heart failure is defined as the inability of the heart to pump and circulate blood around the body to provide nutrients to the various organs. Heart failure is therefore catastrophic if no...
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Microwave assisted local heating for biomedical applications
Many biomedical applications require DNA amplifications and isothermal amplification is a technique used to address these requirements. Currently many research groups around the world are looking into...
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Pattern Reconfigurable Antennas for future wireless communication systems
Wireless communication systems expanding at a very high rate with high capacity requirements. Social media applications and life style choices have resulted in very high data rates. Frequency re-use t...
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