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PhD topics for research students

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

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Experimental and numerical characterisation and modelling of viscoelastic/viscoplastic crack growth in adhesive joints
Adhesive bonding is a widely used technique in the aerospace and automotive industry, whose advantages with respect to more conventional connections of structural components include the great reductio...
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Budding yeast as a model for sudden cardiac death
Sudden unexpected cardiac death is responsible for about half of all heart disease deaths. It is an unexpected death caused by a change in heart rhythm. The underlying mechanisms are still not fully u...
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The impact of chromosomal rearrangements on the genome organisation of leukaemia cells.
Chromosomal rearrangements are a hallmark of leukaemia. It is well known that specific chromosomal rearrangements are associated with certain leukaemia subtypes and that can predict clinical outcome. ...
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Differential expression patterns associated with the development of systemic sclerosis
Systemic sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune rheumatic disease, characterised by excessive scarring and fibrosis which causes thickening and tightening of the connective tissues of the skin and damage t...
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The gendered experience of body image in physical activity spaces
There is a growing concern over young people’s body image and the detrimental impact that a negative body image can have on well-being, including physical activity participation. Although there is a t...
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Use of inertial sensors for fall prediction in older people
Falls in older people are a common cause of morbidity, mortality and loss of function. The physiological changes to the motor and sensory functions caused by ageing combined with the presence of other...
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Nanoparticles in drug delivery
Nanoparticles (NPs) are materials with overall dimensions in the nano scale range (5nm-100nm). Due to their unique physicochemical properties, they have found a wide range of applications and are curr...
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Weibull analysis and extreme regression for small and big data
Weibull analysis is the popular method to make predictions about the life of all products in the population by fitting a statistical distribution to life data from a representative sample of units. We...
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The functional neuroanatomical correlates of multitasking
Multitasking refers to doing two tasks at the same time, which usually results in severe performance decrements. In our research we aim to find out why these performance decrements occur and how they ...
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Central Nervous system Gene therapy to treat obesity Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS). Analysis of the BBS brain development
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a debilitating, often life-limiting heritable multisystem disorder caused by dysfunction of non-motile cilia (ciliopathy). There is currently no cure for BBS, a disease ...
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