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PhD topics for research students

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

We encourage all students to contact the supervisor or the alternative contact person for more information and an informal chat to discuss the process of applying and preparing your research statement. For more information on how to apply click here.

Development of Design Support Systems and Tools for Distributed Manufacturing
With the ongoing efforts in supply chain resilience, manufacturers are slowly beginning to shift to de-risking their manufacturing strategy by onshoring and re-establishing some of their operations in...
Self Funded
Machine learning approaches in health data science for risk prediction of cardiovascular diseases
Cardiovascular disease is killing over 17 million people in the world. almost a third of the death from cardiovascular diseases occur suddenly without prior signs and symptoms or diagnosis of any hear...
Self Funded
Study of stray current induced corrosion in railway construction
Railway electrification represents an important carbon strategy in the UK. It is estimated that an electric train consumes at least 20% less power (per passenger per mile) compared to a diesel-powered...
Self Funded
Development of resilient hospitals through enhanced built environment design and research
Approximately one-fifth of the confirmed COVID-19 cases and the majority of the infected frontline healthcare workers were associated with healthcare-acquired infections during the first wave of the C...
Self Funded
Design, development, and optimisation of a six-legged robot for hybrid walking and manipulation in challenging environments
This project aims to develop a novel six-legged walking robot with features of high stability, mobility, manipulation, and precise-machining capabilities via optimised design of the leg mechanism and ...
Self Funded
Reliability Analysis of Adhesively Bonded Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites
The Brunel Composites Centre (BCC) conducts research in phenomena that take place at the interface of composites with other types of materials. Current research projects cover composites processing, c...
Self Funded
Intelligent, Interpretable and Adaptive Design of Steel Structures using Deep Learning and NLP
The overall aim of this research is to develop a smart design assistant which is able to intuitively perform the design of complex steel structures to Eurocode Standards. Design errors are common, cos...
Self Funded
Design of virtual immersive environments for advanced anatomy training
Virtual immersive environments, including those that are anticipated to become available in the context of the Metaverse – a future immersive virtual world envisaged as a hypothetical iteration of the...
Self Funded
Development of next generation bioreactor models
Industrial biotechnology is increasingly being seen as a way in which we can sustainably produce the products we need. These include plastics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food ingredients and many oth...
Self Funded
Sustainable production of Vitamin K1
The project: Vitamin K1 is an essential nutrient in both human and animal nutrition. Given the increasing environmental pressures facing us as a society there is a need to develop safe, sustainable an...
Self Funded