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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.

A sustainability analysis of sea ports
Port expansion is often cited as a key enabler for commercial activity and national or regional economic prosperity, whether in developed or developing nations. Demand for freight is increasing global...
Self Funded
Artificial intelligence experimental design for healthcare data
The PhD research will investigate efficient ways of applying artificial intelligence in healthcare. Artificial intelligence and, in particular, machine learning algorithms have proved extremely effici...
Self Funded
Investigating KAT2A as a novel therapeutic target in neuroblastoma
The Pina lab is looking for a highly-motivated, technically-able and independent-thinking candidate to undertake a PhD project researching the role of histone acetyl-transferase KAT2A in neuroblastoma...
Self Funded
How do individual histone modifications help cells make decisions?
We are looking for a highly-motivated, independent-thinking candidate to undertake a PhD project exploring the role of individual histone modifications in nuclear organisation, regulation of transcrip...
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Fear & Falls: The role of psychological factors in the control of posture and gait in older adults
Falls are a major health concern in the older adult (>65 years) population, affecting almost 30% of people on a yearly basis. Research has shown that increased fall risk is a multifactorial problem, t...
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Climate resilience of interdependent transport and energy infrastructure informed by emerging digital technologies
The performance of transport and energy infrastructure is continuously challenged by multiple natural hazards, exacerbated by climate change. The frequency and intensity of disasters including flash f...
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The role of meiotic telomeres in successful gametogenesis
Our telomeres shorten with age. Epidemiological studies suggested that telomere length has an inverted correlation with fertility. In fact, telomere shortening or dysfunction causes meiotic defects, b...
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Behaviour of stainless steel reinforced concrete structures in fire
Premature deterioration and failure of concrete buildings and infrastructure due to corrosion of the reinforcement is a severe challenge facing the structural engineering community from a technical pe...
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Power system optimisation under intermittent energy sources
The project will address optimisation of power distribution under intermittent energy sources (such as wind power) with unpredictable output. The intermittency and unpredictability of renewable energy...
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Geometric deep learning
Deep learning has had tremendous success in a variety of applications. Nevertheless, many data don’t follow a euclidean underlying structure: for example social networks, sensor networks, types of bra...
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