Postgraduate Research Projects

The following list includes a number of possible PhD projects suggested by members of academic staff. If you are interested in any of these projects, please indicate on your online PhD application form which project and what supervisor you are interested in. Please submit a statement of purpose presenting your own perspective of the proposed project, why it is important and worth studying and a methodology that may be adopted. Alternatively, if you want to suggest your own project, you need to include with your application a short description of your project (research proposal), possibly including names of suitable supervisors.

Please note that these projects are not directly funded. There are some PhD studentships available for Home/EU students, and these can be awarded to students taking these projects. There is a small amount of funding available for exceptional international students who are partially funded from external sources, and this will be allocated on a competitive basis.

If you wish to be considered for any funding we have available, please indicate this on your application form.

More information on our studentships for Home and EU students is available here.

Current projects

A wide variety of suggestions for PhD topics have been supplied below. You may wish to use the search facility to narrow down the large number of options.

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Advanced Interfaces projects

Advanced Processor Technologies projects

NeuroD projects

Neurodegenerative Disease (NeuroD) - including Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's - is incurable and is characterized by progressive degeneration and/or death of neuron cells. NeuroD is a technology research programme which aims to understand Neurodegenerative Disease via novel advances in sensing, data analysis, and sense-making technologies.

NeuroD is a springboard to create a technologies, evolving from existing, but disjoint, work and identify new technological areas which will have a significant and lasting impact on the domain.

Working together across research domains NeuroD will identify technical needs and opportunities along with the types of Neurodegenerative Disease they are intended to address. We will identify cross-cutting themes between Neurodegenerative Diseases and cross-pollinate solutions. Finally, in collaboration with health scientists, clinicians, and experimental psychologists we will develop technological interventions particularly in sensing, monitoring, analytics, and prediction.

Bio-Health Informatics projects

Formal Methods projects

Imaging Sciences projects

Information Management projects

Machine Learning and Optimisation projects

Nano Engineering and Storage Technology projects

Software Systems projects

Text Mining projects

4IR STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science projects

Data analytics is the backbone of modern science, with much work now unimaginable without the analysis of large datasets. There is no data larger and richer than in modern astrophysics - for example, the Square Kilometer Array is a distributed radio telescope (in development) which will generate 157 terabytes per second. The analysis of such data requires collaboration of computer scientists and astrophysicists. This theme is about the software, hardware, and mathematics necessary to fuel the next generation of scientific discovery in modern astrophysics. Example areas focus are: machine learning, low power computing hardware, big data image processing.

Richard Banach projects

Riza Batista-navarro projects

Andrew Brass projects

Gavin Brown projects

Andy Carpenter projects

Ke Chen projects

Sarah Clinch projects

Philip Day projects

Suzanne Embury projects

Alvaro Fernandes projects

Nick Filer projects

Steve Furber projects

Aphrodite Galata projects

Carole Goble projects

Ernest Hill projects

Simon Harper projects

Caroline Jay projects

John Keane projects

Ross King projects

Dirk Koch projects

Konstantin Korovin projects

Kung-kiu Lau projects

Jim Miles projects

Tim Morris projects

Christoforos Moutafis projects

Tingting Mu projects

Javier Navaridas projects

Eva Navarro Lopez projects

Goran Nenadic projects

Richard Neville projects

Paul Nutter projects

Bijan Parsia projects

Norman Paton projects

Vasilis Pavlidis projects

Ian Pratt-hartmann projects

David Rydeheard projects

Giles Reger projects

Rizos Sakellariou projects

Uli Sattler projects

Andrea Schalk projects

Renate Schmidt projects

Jon Shapiro projects

Robert Stevens projects

Sandra Sampaio projects

Tom Thomson projects

Carole Twining projects

Andrei Voronkov projects

Xiaojun Zeng projects

Ning Zhang projects

Liping Zhao projects

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