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PhD topics for research students

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

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Arts Therapies effectiveness with specific populations: a mixed methods study
Arts therapies are being developed in a range of private and public contexts around the globe. There is growing evidence that arts therapies support people's communication, emotional expression, socia...
Self Funded
Ballistic impact response of multi-layered shields
In an optimal design, more often than not, an initial configuration of a structure must be modified several times to provide the optimal arrangement. The objective of the project is to develop and use...
Self Funded
Dynamic response of impact-loaded crushable auxetic metamaterials
Auxetic metamaterials possess an artificially designed microstructure allowing them to offer some unique features not readily observed in natural materials. Auxetic materials are known to have negativ...
Self Funded
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 ...
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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
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