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PhD topics for research students

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

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The sustainability of hydrogen production for future energy uses
Hydrogen is being promoted as a potentially low-carbon fuel for use in both transport and electricity generation. There are many routes and processes by which hydrogen can be produced, but are any of ...
Self Funded
Externalisation and Securitisation of Asylum and Migration
The project focuses on the worrying trend of outsourcing asylum responsibilities to third countries but also externalisation at the borders of wealthy countries. The student will work on such question...
Self Funded
Prediction of early-age cracking in structural concrete
Concrete structures are popularly used to provide open space areas that are often incorporated into the design of sports, social and industrial structures. One of the concerns with in-situ concrete st...
Self Funded
Developing computational models to understand the evolution of bidirectional catalysts in biology
Proteins are complex biological macromolecules coordinating a plethora of biological functions in the cell. Some proteins, i.e. enzymes, catalyse biological reactions. While some of these reactions ar...
Self Funded
Real-time Visual and Haptic Feedback of Grasping Movements in Virtual Reality
The project we propose is multidisciplinary, combining research into 3D graphics, physics, AI, and virtual reality techniques from computer science with new advances in brain mechanisms underlying per...
Self Funded
Fracture assessment of large-scale structural components
You will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. This fracture mechanics-oriented research project will be focused on the crack-tip c...
Self Funded
Measuring and reporting on the biodiversity impact of businesses
Biodiversity is in a steady decline since the past few decades. Several reports and peer reviewed articles have highlighted the need for further research on the linkages between biodiversity and busin...
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Explaining model decisions through dialogue
As Machine Learning and AI models underpin many of the recommendation/decision tools used to in day-to-day life these need to be transparent and explainable. The aim of this research is to explore, de...
Self Funded
Natural Language Processing for Business Intelligence
For over a decade, the Intelligent Data Analysis Research Group has been working in an extensive area of artificial intelligence and data science. Recent projects include medical imaging, bioimaging, ...
Self Funded
Deep Learning for Medical Imaging
For over a decade, the Intelligent Data Analysis Research Group has been working in an extensive area of artificial intelligence and data science. Recent projects include medical imaging, bioimaging, ...
Self Funded