Postgraduate research opportunities

Browse through our research degree opportunities to find funding and funded projects. These opportunities are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it is important you make enquiries and apply as early as possible. If you have already secured funding, please take a look at our competition / non-funded projects. Former students may be eligible for a 10% discount on fees with our alumni bursary.

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Funding schemes

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training UK and EU See CDTs for details
Endowed Research Scholarships 2019/20 Geography UK and EU 3 June 2019 (17:00 UK time)
Endowed Research Scholarships 2019/20 Transport UK and EU 3 June 2019 (17:00 UK time)
Endowed Research Scholarships 2019/20 Earth and Environment UK and EU 3 June 2019 (17:00 UK time)
CONACYT, Mexico Earth and Environment International (excluding EU) Please check with CONACYT
Masters by Research Bursary Geography UK and EU 30 June 2019

Directly funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Nutrient cycling and oxygenation of shallow seas during the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction and the early Jurassic - Earth Surface Science Institute UK and EU 31 May 2019

Competition funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Are we modelling the wrong thing: differences between the psychologists' and the modellers' view of behaviou - Choice Modelling Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Application of system dynamics to transport challenges - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Demand for electric and hybrid cars - modeling vehicle replacement and type choice - Economics and Appraisal Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Driver-oriented virtual testing of vehicle safety and automation - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Ecohydrological response of peatlands to climate change - River Basin Processes and Management Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Environmental and social effects of private protected areas - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Exploring the value of decadal climate prediction for adaptation planning - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Leaf morphospace–climate interactions: tracking leaf shape in space and time - Ecology and Global Change Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Life Cycle Assessment of Roads - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Mode and shipment size choice models on data for individual shipments - Economics and Appraisal Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Optimal route and speed (3D navigation) for minimising fuel consumption of trucks - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Political and social aspects of UK rewilding - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Politics and culture of pedestrian and cyclist safety - Social and Political Sciences Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Response of testate amoebae to peatland grip blocking: implications for biomonitoring of peatland restoration efforts - River Basin Processes and Management Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Retirement migration: geographical patterns and impacts on households - Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Safety of Vulnerable Road Users in Developing Countries - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The impact of cognitive distractions on driving with and without automation - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The politics and social impacts of market-based conservation - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Travel behaviour change - Social and Political Sciences Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding (sustainable) consumption through Mass Observation - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding and modelling sensorimotor control in driving - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding rhizome extent, extension and persistence in Japanese knotweed - Ecology and Global Change Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding the lived experience of energy poverty across nations - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Urban agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
User acceptance and adoption of new transport technologies - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
What causes the formation of pipes within peat? - River Basin Processes and Management Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Urban contestation and alternatives (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Migration, precarity and forced labour (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Social Movements and Scholar Activism (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Identity, difference and citizenship (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Consumption, public space and the arts (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Tradeoff and complementarity between energy use, transport and food choices under personal carbon trading (Priestley Doctoral Scholarships) - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics UK and EU 8 February 2019
Housing struggles and alternatives (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Ownership and mobility services in an automated vehicle environment, and its impact on energy use, carbon emissions and distributional equity - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round