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PhD topics for research students

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

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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
Sustainable production of high-value compounds using cyanobacteria
The project: Increasing environmental challenges means there is a need for novel, safe, sustainable and cost-effective production technologies. From this perspective production of chemicals using cyan...
Self Funded
Design for early detection of symptoms of anxiety and depression in university students
Anxiety, depression, and psychological distress can have a severe impact on university student quality of life and academic performance, and recent studies have highlighted the role that the COVID-19 ...
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Crystal Plasticity Modelling of Hexagonal Closed-Pack (HCP) Materials for Manufacturing
HCP materials such as titanium and magnesium have low formability at room temperatures and tend to have brittle behaviour during forming. HCP materials have two major deformation mechanisms - slip and...
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The impacts of systemic violence on the Traveller community
This would be a criminology based PhD looking at the impacts of systemic violence in terms of increased marginalisation and criminalisation of the Traveller Community. I would be particularly interest...
Self Funded
Design of virtual immersive environments for inclusive multimodal experiences
Immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality are a topic of fast-paced research, and knowledge boundaries are presently being pushed by design research on inclusive immersive social environments, am...
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Design of digital technology and machine learning solutions for mental health
The significant societal and economic impact of mental health conditions worldwide is well documented. With a growing awareness of mental health, the pressing need to streamline access to sustainable ...
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Disruptive Digital Experiences
Digital experiences deliberately go beyond simply communicating information - they seek to strongly engage, involve, and emotionally affect the user using digital means. A huge array of interactions a...
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Constructing a stable world: how the brain uses gaze direction to disambiguate sensory information
When objects move in the real world, they create a wave of activity across the retina representing that movement. But the same effect could be achieved by moving our eyes across a static object. The b...
Self Funded