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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.

A study of large amplitude vibration in HAWT blades
Non-prismatic composite beams of standard airfoil cross sections are used in Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine blades to produce green energy. The blades are subjected to static and dynamic service loads d...
Self Funded
Micromechanics of high-rate loaded composite media
In a composite ply the nature of wave propagation is closely associated with the alignment of fibres (for the unidirectional case) and warp and weft arrangements (for the woven case) among other param...
Self Funded
Social work and the government Prevent Agenda
This proposed research project will explore the implications of the Government’s Prevent agenda and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 for adult safeguarding or child protection. The Act defi...
Self Funded
Modelling the movements of goods between locations and countries
The aim of this project is to create an agent-based model that mimics the movement of goods between locations and trading individuals in a given country-specific setting. The idea of this model is to ...
Self Funded
CCTV surveillance and narrative in the smart city
This project looks at the proposals for and practice of ubiquitous CCTV coverage in urban areas. It might understand these practices as amounting to a kind of documentary film studio. The project woul...
Self Funded
Intelligent human-computer interaction: system development and applications
The first generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research was rules-based and emulated classical logic to draw reasoned conclusions within a specific, narrowly defined problem domain. It was well ...
Self Funded
Investigating the function of common genetic variants that increase colorectal cancer risk.
Over 1 in 20 people in the UK will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) during their lifetime. Much of this risk is genetically inherited with estimates ranging from 12 to 40%. Known cancer syndr...
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Investigating Therapeutic Effect of Different Antioxidants in Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA)
Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by epigenetic silencing of the frataxin gene. It is the most common inherited ataxia, affecting 1:50,000 Caucasians, and is...
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Ageing-related pre-mRNA splicing of LMNA gene
The aim is to investigate the molecular mechanism of the pre-mRNA splicing event which outcome could then be modulated to slow the ageing process. Precursor messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing is a cell...
Self Funded
Design for energy transitions in African urban informal settlements
This PhD is linked to a 5-year research project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environments’, in short Gender for Energy Security (GENS). Funded by National Research ...
Self Funded