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PhD topics for research students

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

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Are retinoid-like chemicals prevalent in the environment and do they pose an ecotoxicological risk?
Retinoids have a significant role in many vital biological processes such as regulation of skin function and neuronal development.  There are over 2,500 retinoid related compounds used in cosmetic pro...
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Uncovering the challenges and trade-offs of closing the plastic packaging loop
In the UK, the plastics industry places approximately 5 million tonnes of plastics onto the UK market each year, of which approximately 2.2 million tonnes is packaging. Most of the plastic packaging w...
Self Funded
Reliable hydrological prediction under climate change
Climate change due to anthropogenic activity are causing amounts of effect on our planet. One of the major concerns are related to the changes of water resources in future. This project would aim to p...
Self Funded
Advanced Computer Aided Design Modelling – Developing Intelligent Surfaces and Textures from 4D Printing
4D Printing has been recognised to herald the next generation of Additive Manufacturing components that are intelligent to perform a series of controlled and programmed shape-deformation over time whe...
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Advanced regression analysis or model for Wellbeing
Wellbeing is taking centre stage in policy-making and the measurement of national success. Analysing wellbeing involves in challenges due to its measurement variety and choice as well somehow difficul...
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The Kardashians, race, whiteness and appropriation.
This sociological and/or cultural studies project will examine questions around race, appropriation, 'mixed-race', popular culture, reality television, social media, and imagery. By focusing on the Ka...
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Markers of Expertise in Sport and Physical Activity: Triangulated Approaches
The aim of this project is to adopt a mixed methods approach to determine the various factors – innate, learnt, and environmental – that ultimately contribute to skill acquisition and/or expertise wit...
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Risk analysis based on extreme regression
Extremes may give rise to bigger severity of occurrences than ordinary risks and then turn notably complex. Management of extreme events often faces challenges in the practice of problem solving and d...
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Neuromorphic-computing models and its applications
Neuromorphic-computing models are the ones that can simulate human brains architecture and connections. It is composed of large numbers of neurons and nonlinear connections. The developed deep neural ...
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Investigating methods and applications of citation context analysis
Traditionally, scientometric/text-mining approaches have treated the content of scientific articles and their citations as distinct units of analysis. The term “citation context” refers to an approach...
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