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UCLan Research Bursaries and Studentships

UCLan advertises a range of funding schemes for postgraduate research at various times through the year. These include the University’s own studentships and bursaries and those from external organisations, including the Research Councils, the NHS, commerce and industry.

Available funding

Most funding is for PhD places. Schemes vary and may provide either full cover or partial funding for tuition fees, and some may also include a maintenance grant. A list of schemes currently open for applications is listed below.

Note: CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THESE ADVERTISED RESEARCH STUDENTSHIPS

PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in Astronomy or Astrophysics

Reference RS/16/09

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in Astronomy or Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.  The studentship is funded by STFC and is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and a maintenance grant (14,296 at 2016/17 rates). Please note that residency restrictions apply and applicants should check the below link prior to applying.

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/funding/studentships/studentship-terms-conditions-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements/

Project Description

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is pleased to announce the availability of a new STFC-funded PhD Studentship in Astronomy or Astrophysics.

The project will be in one of the following areas, depending on the preference of the student ranked highest on the list of applicants (ranking will be carried out by JHI staff based on application forms, references, and interviews of short-listed candidates):

  • Investigating the rotation of sunspots with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (Dr. Daniel Brown)
  • Parsec-scale jets in Active Galactic Nuclei (Dr. Tim Cawthorne)
  • Modelling the formation of nuclear star clusters (Dr. Victor Debattista)
  • Solar Energetic Particles and Space Weather (Dr. Silvia Dalla)
  • Multi-wavelength analysis of galaxies (Prof. Cristina C. Popescu)
  • Observational Star Formation (Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson)
  • Theoretical Star and Planet Formation (Dr. Dimitris Stamatellos)
  • Stellar populations and chemical enrichment in galaxies (Dr. Anne Sansom)
  • Using coronal dimming to study CME initiation (Dr. Danielle Bewsher)

These projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss something else related to their field of study, then please contact us directly.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor of Science degree at 2:1 or above in a related area (or equivalent qualification), or a Masters level qualification (e.g. MSc or MPhys).

EU applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For informal discussion, please email dward-thompson@uclan.ac.uk. Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk, quoting the studentship reference number.

Closing Date:                         26 February 2017
Proposed Interview Date     15 March 2017

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

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Application Form (.doc 85kb)

Reference RS/16/07

Applications are invited for a full or part time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Social Work and Community Engagement in collaboration with McGill University, Montreal, Canada.  The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time or six years part-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates. International applicants may apply only for the full time studentship and will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees. The successful applicant will be required to comply with the terms of funding. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 October 2017.

Project Title
Sexual Violence on University Campus

Project Description

A full-time 3 year or six year part-time PhD studentship is available exploring sexual violence on university campus in the UK and Canada. It is a collaborative, international study funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council. The PhD student will be based in the Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm, School of Social Work, Care and Community at the University of Central Lancashire. The successful candidate will focus on sexual violence on university campus in the UK, using an intersectional approach and ensuring that student voices are central to future policy and curriculum development. S/he requires skills to work with a range of stakeholders, to work collaboratively with Canadian colleagues and be confident in using social media and related technologies.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor of Science degree at 2:1 or above in a related area (or equivalent qualification).

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk   quoting the studentship reference number

Closing Date: April 19th 2017
Proposed Interview Date  May 16th 2017

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

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Description and Specification (.doc 48kb)

Reference RS/16/08

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in Physics or Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute.  The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and a maintenance grant (14,296 2016/17 rates). International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees.  The studentship is funded internally, partly through the Moses Holden Studentship Programme.

Project Description

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is pleased to announce the availability of a new PhD Studentship in Physics or Astrophysics.

The project will be in one of the following areas, depending on the preference of the student ranked highest on the list of applicants (ranking will be carried out by JHI staff based on application forms, references, and interviews of short-listed candidates):

  • Graphene, magnetic materials or material science (Drs Smerdon, Lepadatu or Gamza)
  • Stars, formation & evolution (Prof Ward-Thompson, or Drs Kirk, Stamatellos or Pledger)
  • The Milky Way and other Galaxies (Prof Popescu, or Drs Debattista or Norris)
  • The Sun and heliosphere (Drs Brown, Bewsher or Dalla)

These projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss something else related to their field of study, then please contact us directly. Some suggested possible supervisors are listed in brackets above.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor of Science degree at 2:1 or above in a related area (or equivalent qualification), or a Masters level qualification (e.g. MSc or MPhys).

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For informal discussion, please email dward-thompson@uclan.ac.uk. For further information, read more now. Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry via email at researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk, quoting the above studentship reference number.

Closing Date:                         28 February 2017
Proposed Interview Date     15 March 2017

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

Application form (.doc 82kb)
Description and Specification (.doc 45kb)

Reference RS/16/10

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Institute for Black Atlantic Research.  The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and an annual maintenance grant of £7750.  International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees.  The studentship is funded through the Stuart Hall Foundation.

Project Description

This project will investigate the consequences for artistic process of the Black presence in Northern Britain. It will first research the histories of slavery and migration and historic, cultural and theoretical responses to them in the context of Black Atlantic Cultural Studies before undertaking a creative practice project to make new work looking at either the historical or contemporary manifestations of Black culture in the North. It takes as its starting point the idea that there is an inherent metropolitan and Londcentric bias in the discussion of Black culture in Britain and will itself undertake original research and creative practice that works to highlight hitherto neglected and forgotten cultural histories and practices. The project will consist of the creative practice itself and a theoretically and academically informed written up justification of the practice.  Supervisory team to include Professor Lubaina Himid & Professor Alan Rice.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor degree at 2:1 or above in a related area (or equivalent qualification), or a Masters level qualification

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For an informal discussion about the project please contact Professor Alan Rice email: arice@uclan.ac.uk

For the application form and full details please download an application pack.

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk 

Closing Date:  28 February 2017
Proposed Interview Date:  13 March 2017

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

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Reference RS/16/12

Applications are invited for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the School of Engineering in the Centre for Energy and Power Management. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates. International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 April 2017.

Project Title

Simulation and Prediction of Energy Consumption Profiles for the Built Environment

Project Description

“Future buildings/dwellings are anticipated to incorporate microgeneration such as photovoltaics, solar collectors, heat pumps and micro CHP, as well as energy storage. Detailed energy consumption profiles for buildings and groups of buildings with microgeneration mix is an important prerequisite for the analysis and implementation of emerging energy technologies and low-carbon strategies such as demand site management. Simulation of such profiles requires detailed modelling of the occupancy patterns and usage profiles of the appliances and energy systems. This is typically performed using (i) autoregressive techniques, (ii) stochastic models based, mainly, on Markov chain method and (iii) pattern recognition models such as artificial neural networks.

This work will be aiming to apply machine learning tools in the simulation of occupancy patterns and usage profiles. Such techniques can represent complex dependencies and interactions; therefore, this approach is expected to allow for development of higher quality output with relatively uncomplicated model structure. These advanced generated profiles will be then used for the detailed simulation of buildings and their systems with the aim to produce thermal models which can potentially interact with existing network models. The results will be validated using published data from previous research”.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a 2:1 degree or above either in Physics/Engineering/Science with strong Mathematical background or in Maths, or equivalent. International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information:

For the application form and full details please download an application pack.

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number: RS/16/12.

Closing Date:                         2 March 2017

Proposed Interview Date:    20 March 2017          

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

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Description and Specification (.doc) 46.3kb

Reference ST-16-05

Applications are invited for a partially funded studentship for a full time PhD (via MPhil) studentship in Intelligent Machines and maintenance Engineering in the School of Engineering.  The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates and a partial maintenance grant of £3000 per annum. International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees.  It is expected the successful applicant will start on 1st April 2017.

Project Title

Next Generation of Wind turbine Gearboxes; Intelligent Wind turbine Gearbox

Project Description


Wind turbine gearboxes play a major role in wind turbine performance and power generation. In order to improve their efficiency and reliability under different operating conditions, it is necessary for wind turbine components to operate efficiently, and with increased reliability. This project will focus on developing an intelligent gearbox for the wind turbine industry, by integrating sensors, intelligent electronics and actuators to develop an “Intelligent Gearbox”. The project include wireless communication via the “internet of things” to allow data to be collected from a remotely sited operating system. This combination of capability would be a significant advantage for critical gearbox applications in remote locations e.g. off shore wind turbines locations, which would enable cost-effective operation and proactive maintenance practices.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Ahmed Onsy email: aonsy@uclan.ac.uk

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor degree at 2:1 classification or above or a Masters degree in a related discipline (or equivalent).

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For the application form and full details please download an application pack.

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number by the closing date.

Closing Date:                         5th March 2017

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

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