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PhD topics for research students

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

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Understanding the mechanisms of metabolic reprogramming in cancer: towards novel therapies
As you read this, millions of the cells in your body are dying. Do not panic – this is not bad news. Most of them are either superfluous or potentially harmful, so you are better off without them. In ...
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Metasurfaces for smart environments
Metasurfaces consist of a planar array of subwavelength-spaced and electrically small particles, whose EM properties can be locally controlled to tailor the overall reflected/transmitted field. Metasu...
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Investigations into the law and ethics of biomedical technologies
In the course of the last three decades, scientific technologies have developed so tremendously that present-day advancements such as CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, three-dimensional organ bio printing, ...
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Can AI based robot car win the race
A modern Formula 1 race is a breathtaking display of engineering precision. Yet the popularity of the sport arguably has less to do with the performance of the cars than with the skill and daring disp...
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Effects of environmental heat stress on respiratory health
Climate change dictates that global average environmental temperatures are going to increase in the 21st century and heatwaves are going to become more frequent, intense and long-lasting. Respiratory ...
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Toward automated vehicle control beyond the stability limits via active drifting control
Professional drivers in drifting competitions demonstrate accurate control over a car's position and sideslip while operating in an open-loop unstable region of state space. Could similar approaches h...
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Cultivating virtual embodiment using non-invasive brain stimulation
Virtual embodiment (VE) sense of embodiment is the feeling of one’s own body in relation to its environment. It is related to a sense of self and is considered as the starting point of having self-ide...
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Autonomous robots for non-disruptive inspection of utility and sewage systems
Traditional manual maintenance of pipelines which requires digging of ground to get access to pipelines is ineffective because of safety issues, high cost and limited human vision. Thus, serious fault...
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Deep learning-based autonomous diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract cancers
Gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths. Deep learning-based diagnosis of GI tract diseases has the potential to revolutionise diagnostic speed, accuracy, and cost...
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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 ...
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