PhD Projects Directory

Many funded PhD projects are available throughout the year. Projects are listed below by Faculty, then by Department. There may be other projects available and you should always check with the department for other opportunities.

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Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Social Sciences
Cross-Faculty Projects


Cross-Faculty Projects

International Strategic Alliance Scholarships - Imagine: Imaging Life - closing date 8th August 2014.

Interdisciplinary PhD Studentship Networks - these interdisciplinary network scholarships provide an exciting opportunity for individuals to experience research training from several departments and become part of teams that will open up new fields of research and develop long term interdisciplinary collaboration. Each PhD student will have two supervisors from two different disciplines and will be expected to contribute to community activities and the growth of the network.

NERC DTP Studentships - Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) - multidisciplinary research, bringing together biologists, mathematicians, engineers, geoscientists, analytical chemists, archaeologists and policy experts. Projects available for 2014-15.


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department of Archaeology

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Department of Biblical Studies

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School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

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Department of History

Three projects attached to the AHRC funded Digital Transformations project, ‘The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925’, a collaborative project between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford, Sussex, and Tasmania:

Criminal Recidivism in 18th and 19th-Century London
The Impact of Digital Resources in the History of Crime
The Social and Spatial Worlds of Old Bailey Convicts, 1785-1875

Closing date 28 July 2014.

The Printed Image 1750-1850: towards a Digital History of Printed Book Illustration - British Library Scholarship - closing date 11 July 2014.

For other projects please check with department

School of Languages & Cultures

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Department of Music

Two PhD studentships attached to the three-year project ‘Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy, ca.1420-1540’, funded by The Leverhulme Trust and led by Dr Tim Shephard:

The Representation of Music in Italian Religious Art, ca.1420-1540
The Representation of Music in Italian Manuscript Decoration, ca.1420-1540

Closing date 11 August 2014.

For other projects check with department

Department of Philosophy

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Faculty of Engineering

Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering

PhD Studentship in Robust Design Optimization

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Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

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Department of Computer Science

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Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

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Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Industrially sponsored PhD Studentship in Theory/Simulation with National Nuclear Laboratory - available immediately

Industrial CASE Studentship with Johnson Matthey - Glass coatings for Automobile Application

EPSRC Studentship - available immediately - 'Simulating the nucleation and growth of biominerals'

Industrial CASE Studentship with Sarantel Ltd - available immediately - 'High permittivity ceramics for dielectrically loaded antennas'

Other currently available projects in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Abrasive Tipping of Aero-Engine Compressor Blades - funded PhD in collaboration with Rolls-Royce - supervisor: Dr Matt Marshall.

Study of deformation and failure mechanisms of spot welds in Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for automotive applications - EPSRC Industrial CASE Award - With Tata Steel- Supervisors: Dr H Ghadbeigi & Dr C Pinna

Mechanistic Biology - Supervisor: Dr Jason King - Department of Biomedical Science with Dr Cecile Perrault - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Modelling paediatric bones - Main supervisor: Dr Xinshan Li, Co-supervisor: Professor Marco Viceconti

High Speed 3D Studies of the Biomechanics of Skin Friction - funded studentship supervised by Dr Roger Lewis, Dr Steve Matcher, Dr Matt Carré.

Natural Composites - investigating the potential for locally bio-sourced materials for integration into high tech composites with an aim towards a sustainable and mechanically comparable replacement for synthetic chopped strand matt - Dr Chris Holland, Prof. Patrick Fairclough

Understanding stress transfer in Manufactured Composite systems - Prof. Nigel Clarke, Prof. Patrick Fairclough

Other available projects in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Machining Science

Currently available four-year EngD Studentships.


Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

Department of Cardiovascular Science

Currently available projects in the Department of Cardiovascular Science

Department of Human Communication Sciences

Currently available projects in the Department of Human Communication Sciences

Department of Human Metabolism

Currently available projects in the Department of Human Metabolism

Department of Infection & Immunity

Currently available projects in the Department of Infection & Immunity

Department of Neuroscience

Currently available projects in the Department of Neuroscience

Department of Oncology

Currently available projects in the Department of Oncology

School of Clinical Dentistry

Other currently available projects in the School of Clinical Dentistry

School of Health & Related Research

Currently available projects in the School of Health & Related Research

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Currently available projects in the School of Nursing & Midwifery


Faculty of Science

Department of Animal & Plant Sciences

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Department of Biomedical Science

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Department of Chemistry

NMR screening of small molecule inhibitors targeting endonuclease activity of an ER stress sensor Ire1 - 4-year fully funded PhD scholarship at the University of Sheffield and University of Leeds, supervised by Professor Beining Chen and Dr Anastasia Zhuravleva.

For other projects check with department

Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

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Department of Physics & Astronomy

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Department of Psychology

Current PhD projects in the Department of Psychology

School of Mathematics & Statistics

Current PhD projects in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics


Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Architecture

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School of East Asian Studies

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Department of Economics

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School of Education

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Department of Geography

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Information School

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Department of Journalism Studies

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School of Law

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Department of Landscape

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Management School

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Department of Politics

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Department of Sociological Studies

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Department of Town & Regional Planning

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