Postgraduate research opportunities

Browse through our research degree opportunities to find PhD projects and scholarships. Some of our funding options are linked to specific projects, whilst others can be applied more flexibly, allowing you to choose your research area and supervisor. 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.

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Funding schemes

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Alumni bursary All subjects Worldwide (International, UK and EU) No deadline - automatic
EPSRC funded scholarships Physics and astronomy UK and EU Ongoing
STFC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) Applied mathematics UK and EU Ongoing
STFC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) Physics and astronomy UK and EU Ongoing
Henry Ellison Scholarship Physics and astronomy UK and EU 1 June 2018

Directly funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
PhDs in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) All subjects UK and EU Ongoing
Probabilistic methods for free boundary problems in stochastic control Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Topological Quantum Computation (SUSTech candidates only) Physics and astronomy SUSTech only Ongoing
Liquid crystal droplets and their applications (SUSTech candidates only) Physics and astronomy SUSTech only Ongoing
Anisotropic fractional quantum Hall effect (SUSTech candidates only) Physics and astronomy SUSTech only Ongoing
Electric field control of magnetism in artificial multiferroics (SUSTech candidates only) Physics and astronomy SUSTech only Ongoing
Magnetic skyrmions in chiral multilayers Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Numerical Methods for Shallow Water Magnetohydrodynamics (SUSTech candidates only) Mathematics SUSTech only Ongoing
Return time statistics and rates of mixing for linked twist maps (SUSTech candidates only) Mathematics SUSTech only Ongoing
Ruin and related problems for two-dimensional risk process (SUSTech candidates only) Mathematics SUSTech only Ongoing
Spiral waves in the Rock-Paper-Scissors model (SUSTech candidates only) Mathematics SUSTech only Ongoing
Spatiotemporal behavior of systems with chemical feedback (SUSTech candidates only) Mathematics SUSTech only Ongoing
ERC funded Doctoral Studentship: Relating Oral Tribology to Sensory Perception Food science and Nutrition UK and EU Ongoing
Understanding the impact of protein-saliva interaction on texture perception Food science and Nutrition UK and EU 4 May 2018
Dietary manipulation of the cancer cell plasma membrane (Leeds Global Challenge Doctoral Scholarships) Food science and Nutrition UK and EU 1 June 2018
Big data and energy security (Leeds Global Challenge Doctoral Scholarship) Mathematics UK and EU 1 June 2018
Green chemistry systems for coloration of polyester: development of sustainable solvents systems and application of CO2 chemistry Chemistry UK only 1 August 2018

Competition funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Polyvalent Multifunctional Nanoparticles to Address Resistance Bacteria Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Dynamic Dependence modelling Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Developing multivalent ligands to understand specific DC-SIGN-carbohydrate recognition for immune regulation Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Dynamic shape modelling in reconstructive surgery Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Minimal surfaces in Riemannian manifolds Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
New Chemistry for Carbon Capture and Storage Chemistry UK only Ongoing
Optimising collective intelligence Mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
PhD in Food Colloids & Interfacial Science Food colloids and processing Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Stochastic processes in Health & Disease Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Quantum Variational Principle and Discrete Integrable Systems Mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Temporal models for heterogeneous datasets Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Big computations and big data = robust results? Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Covariant Spectral Theory Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Development of carbon-based heterogeneous (photo)catalysts Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Fast Bayesian estimation using expectation propagation methods applied to inverse problems Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Mathematical models of quantum-classical interactions Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Modelling asymmetric Bayesian Games Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Modelling Biodiversity and Pattern Formation with Evolutionary Games Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Social Dynamics and Emergence of Collective Behaviour Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Stochastic Evolution of Populations in Fluctuating Environments Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Survival Analysis using temporal patterns Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Cluster algebras and representation theory Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Elliptic Discrete Integrable Systems Mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Bayesian clustering, Dirichlet process mixture modelling and metabolic profile landscape analysis of fat and lipid biomarkers derived from large-scale lipidomics Food chemistry and biochemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Advanced biophotonic materials: developing a toolkit for quantum dot-membrane-protein nanocomposites Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Locally-adaptive Bayesian modelling for medical image reconstruction Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Physiological and psychological mechanisms of resistance to weight loss Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
CO2 as a source of oxygen in oxidative processes Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Development and validation of new dietary assessment methods (unfunded) Food colloids and processing Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Effect of inorganic bases in catalytic coupling reactions Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Food and nutrient intake in relation to health outcomes: the UK Women's Cohort Study (unfunded) Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Functionalised amino-acid analogues for chemical proteomics Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Hirsch's Citation Index and Limit Shape of Random Partitions Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Machine learning for chemical manufacture Chemistry UK and EU Ongoing
Multiscale spatio-temporal modelling Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Multiscale statistical classification Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Phenotypic prediction based on multiscale copy number alteration profiles Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Random Permutations and Integer Partitions Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Spin-crossover compounds – switchable materials from simple metal complexes Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Stochastic control models for financial applications Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
The Archetypal Equation with Rescaling and Related Topics Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
The kinetics of astrochemical and planetary reactions studied at very low temperatures Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
A comparative study of metallic ions in the atmospheres of Earth and Mars Physical chemistry UK and EU Ongoing
Activity-directed synthesis of bioactive small molecules Organic chemistry UK and EU Ongoing
All cellulose and all keratin composites Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Chemical complexity in planet-forming disks Astrophysics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Chiral spin structures in antiferromagnet-ferromagnet bilayers Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Computer simulations of biological macromolecules Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Development and application of approaches for discovery of orthosteric protein-protein interaction inhibitors Organic chemistry UK only Ongoing
Development of a microfluidic device for biocatalysts Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Multifunctional organic-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Electric field control of magnetism in artificial multiferroics Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Electrochemical synthesis, catalyst screening and optimisation of base-metal catalysts using a flow reactor platform Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Encapsulation and dynamics of novel soft photonic materials Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Feedback-responsive protocells Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Fluctuation and equilibration in artificial magnetic quasicrystals Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
From free fermions to parafermions: how to build a universal topological quantum computer from free particles Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Geometry and dynamics of topological solitons Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Ice nucleation: vital to our climate Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Identification of mlm receptor antagonists for treatment of cancer Organic chemistry UK and EU Ongoing
Integrable nonlinear PDEs on graphs and applications to solitons on networks Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Interaction of surface acoustic waves and magnetic thin films Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Light driven molecular motion Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Liquid crystals for the low carbon future Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Magnon caustics Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Many-body localisation Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Measuring, understanding and manipulating interactions in quantum systems: a novel machine learning approach Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Morphology and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
MSM: development of a multifunctional scanning microscope Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Multimodal contrast agents for MSOT and Ultrasound Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Neutron characterisation of opto-electronic control of magnetism Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Numerical and experimental modelling of strongly rotating convection and phase changes, for NWP Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Optimal collective foraging by bee colonies Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Porous and tuneable three dimensional nano-channels Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Probing Viral Receptor-Sugar Interactions using Multifunctional Glycan-Nanoparticle Organic chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Proximity-induced superconductivity on topological insulator thin films Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Pure spin currents and heat Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Quantum Computing with photonic networks Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Quantum optics in curved space Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Self-assembling nanocomposite materials Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Silver-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes for anticancer applications Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Stable doubly diffusive convectons Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Structure and control of DNA origami Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Superconducting-molecular interfaces Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Symmetry and asymmetry in neural sensorimotor signal pathways Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
The physics of glass - fundamental mechanisms and novel applications Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
The physics of microgels and other soft colloids Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
THz emitters Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Topological phases of matter and their applications Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Tuning selective gas transport in polymers Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Ultra-thin topological insulator spin-current transistor Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Vitrimers: characterizing a new class of supramolecular materials and exploring their potential for novel applications Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Bistable Liquid Crystal Lenses Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Spin photovoltaics Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Quantum and Classical Molecular Dynamics Physical chemistry UK and EU Ongoing
Bio-Inspired Approaches to Functional Nanocomposites Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Metal complexes of radical ligands Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Pattern Formation (Applied Nonlinear Dynamics) Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Quantum dot superstructures Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Ongoing
Vitrimers: synthesis of a new class of supramolecular materials and exploration of their materials properties Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 30 April 2018
Development of Quantum dot LEDs Physics and astronomy UK and EU 30 June 2018
Sugar sweetened beverages/drinks and health Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 1 October 2018
Genetics regulation of metabolism and breast cancer risk Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 31 October 2018