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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.

Railway stray current induced corrosion in reinforced concrete linings
Railway electrification represents an important carbon strategy in the UK. It is estimated that an electric train consumes at least 20% less power (per passenger per mile) compared to a diesel-powered...
Self Funded
Prediction for stray alternating current (AC) induced corrosion in oil/gas pipes in close proximity to high-voltage transmission lines and railways
In comparison to stray direct current (DC) induced corrosion which is a long-recognized engineering challenge, stray alternating current (AC) induced corrosion was more recently reported. This can be ...
Self Funded
Genetic and non-genetic factors involved in risk of cardiovascular diseases
Main Aim: To identify genetic and non-genetic causes of cardiovascular diseases Cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, myocardial infarction, heart failure, and stroke are the leading causes ...
Self Funded
Cross-border cooperation in Europe
This project seeks to examine the factors that influence the shape and success of different cross-border cooperation programmes in Europe, as funded through the EU. Some of these are much more success...
Self Funded
Exploring the potential of human-like computing methods and applications in education or healthcare
Intelligent, ‘human-like’ applications, 3D games, and interfaces are becoming more common in our everyday lives, and as an important area of focus within the fields of Multimedia / Human-Computer Inte...
Self Funded
Filtering algorithms for Levy processes, with application to financial modelling
The problem of inference about the values of hidden or latent variables from imperfect sensor measurements arises in many branches of science, including engineering and mathematical finance. A typical...
Self Funded
Sustainable materials for biomedical devices
The Coronavirus Pandemic has seen unprecedented demand for breathing masks most of which are made from non-recyclable fossil fuel-derived plastics, contributing huge amounts of PVC waste to the Global...
Self Funded
Digital games
Students are invited to apply for PhD projects on digital games/interactive media. Relevant areas and disciplinary backgrounds may include Game Studies, Film Theory, Performance Studies, Literary Theo...
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Sustainable solutions to plastic pollution
Our group assess various products and processes using life cycle and sustainability assessment methods to identify opportunities to reduce environmental impact leading to innovation in material choice...
Self Funded
Behaviour of high strength steel structures in fire
High strength steel is an increasingly popular material choice for civil engineering structures owing to its high performance and ability to reduce the overall material usage in a project. This projec...
Self Funded