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Studentships are a funded opportunity which is linked to a specific research project (as in, it is only available to those PhD students working on that specific project) or one that is open to any applicants in a specified field. 

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 will be advertised below throughout the year and via the national press or on websites such as  Appointments are then made following shortlisting and interview.

Please check individual awards for eligibility as current research students are not eligible to apply for our research studentships.

Reference Number: RS/21/03

Applicants are invited for a PhD studentship in the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine within the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences. The studentship is tenable for 3 years full time (subject to satisfactory progress). Both Home/EU and International applicants may apply. The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £15,285 ( subject to satisfactory progress) in addition to course fees.

It is expected that the successful applicant will commence on 1 September 2021

Project Title: Can global consensus be arrived at as to the essential components of training for ensuring confident and effective medical practice in remote settings?

Project Description: This project will undertake an initial review of all global programs which seek to train remote medical practitioners. The initial review will inform the first stage of a Delphi process calling on the expertise of leaders in this area from around the world. On completion of the full Delphi process it is hoped to arrive at a draft consensus position for the essential features for training for those practicing in remote locations anywhere in the world.

Further information: Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Prof Cathy Jackson (

Completed application forms should be returned to Research Admissions quoting the studentship reference number: RS/21/03.

Closing Date: Monday 31 May 2021
Proposed Interview Date: Thursday 17 June 2021

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship.

Reference Number: RS/21/08

Applications are invited for a Masters by Research studentship in the School of Psychology and Computer Science. The studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK rates together with a maintenance grant (£15,609 per year). Both Home/EU and International applicants may apply, however International applicants will be required to pay the difference between the UK and International tuition fee rate.

Project Title: Designing a collaborative modern programming environment for commercial applications

Project Description: 

Commercial software applications are ideally developed using modern programming architectures and practices. Applications may emerge from a rapid prototyping (RP) approach, based on feedback from users, to be integrated into (or be part of) a suitable architecture in a collaborative programming environment. In addition, best practice would suggest that software solutions should involve an agile approach and a framework that focuses on standards of quality management.

This one-year funded studentship will consider different modern programming architectures and practices, including the importance of agile development, quality control, and higher-level organising strategies such as MVC (or similar), client-server, pipes and filters, etc. The project will focus on a commercial image-processing application written in visual C++. The application involves both Desktop and thin-client approaches and can be considered to be at the RP stage of development. The work will involve restructure and some re-writing of source code to create a collaborative programming environment. It is intended that the project will involve a further element of design, automated testing and assessment to implement one or more novel developments of the application.

Applicants are requested to submit a review of up to 500 words in addition to their application form and covering letter that considers modern approaches to commercial software systems likely to be appropriate to the application described above. We do not intend to process applications that are submitted without this summary.

Candidates should have a UK BSc Honours degree at 2:1 level or above in Computing Science (or equivalent). Candidates should also have been awarded (or expect to have been awarded) the relevant qualification by the start of the studentship. Prior experience of working in a collaborative development team is desirable.

EU and International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 (or acceptable UCLan equivalent qualification).

Further information:

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Charlie Frowd.

Closing Date: Friday 31 May 2021
Proposed Interview Date: TBC

Completed application forms should be returned to Research Admissions quoting the studentship reference number: RS/21/08.

Our current research students will not be eligible to apply for this studentship. 

For more postgraduate research funding options visit scholarships and bursaries.