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PhD topics for research students

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

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Supervisor
Application Deadline
Funding
Behaviour change to increase Open Science in researchers
‘Open Science’ refers to concepts of openness, transparency and reproducibility in research, seeking to make research more reproducible by other researchers and to open up research beyond the ‘ivory t...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Ageing consumers' identity construction through consumption and practices
The PhD student will be required to conduct in-depth interviews with 30 ageing consumers over a period of 12 months, focusing on exploring and understanding how and what kind of consumption practices ...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Optical and Laser Diagnostics of Combustion and Sooting Characteristics of Drop-in-Fuels
The blending of synthetic, fossil, aromatics, and oxygenates leads to different H/C/O ratio leading to different thermo-physical-chemical properties. The impact of thermos-physical-chemical property v...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
VirtuGrasp: Real-time visual and haptic feedback of grasping movements in virtual reality
The aims of this project are to understand how the brain integrates vision and touch to control hand movements, and to explore haptic control of hand movements using virtual reality technology. The me...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Technology-enabled Emotional Companionship for Eldercare
Lack of emotional companionship, loneliness and boredom are experienced by many older people, negatively impacting their health and wellbeing. Social robots and smart speakers are used in providing co...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Emotion Recognition for Intelligent Human Computer Interaction
Emotion is a complex thing for human beings. It can reflect the mental and cognitive state of the person. Automatic detection of the emotions from facial expression, speech, written text in social med...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Mechanisms of cilia biogenesis and signalling
Cilia are sensory organelles that detect mechanical and chemical stimuli from the environment. They arise from centrioles and function as “antennae” that receive and integrate extracellular signals. T...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Resource availability for future vehicles
The wholesale change from combustion to electric powertrains for passenger and light goods vehicles presents a number of challenges. Not only the pace of change desired by politicians, but technical, ...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Shoppers’ attitudes towards personalised advertising in the physical environment
The retail industry has seen dramatic changes, as a result of digitalization. Digital technology offered retailers the opportunity to capture data and develop insight about their customers, and to imp...
26/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded
Emotionally intelligent artificial conversational agents for higher education or healthcare
Artificial conversational agents, can be embodied (physical robots or digital avatars on a screen) or not embodied (chat-bots or digital assistants). Agents may be able to converse but they can also a...
22/05/2022

Self Funded

Self Funded