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The Vice Chancellor's PhD Studentships

Join a community where you can make a real-life impact. Choose to study on a research programme with us and from day one, you'll benefit from dedicated workspaces, high-quality facilities, and support from our experienced, research-active supervisors.

Our Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships include a fee waiver and stipend for three years, set at the level recommended by UK Research and Innovation.

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Here's how:

The deadline for applications is 9 February 2020 and studentships start in September 2020.

Successful applicants will benefit from a fee waiver and a stipend/bursary at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) level. As PhDs run for three years, your stipend will be uplifted in line with UKRI recommendations for each year of study.

PhD research opportunities

Select a research area to view studentship opportunities.

+ Social inclusion and marginalised communities (three projects)

+ Sustainability and environment (two projects)

+ Built environment and future cities

+ Vision

+ Music therapy (two projects)

+ Medical devices and technology

+ Sustainable health systems (two projects)

Entry requirements

Our full-time Vice Chancellor's PhD Studentships are open to all UK/EU fee status applicants.

To apply, you’ll need:

Equivalent awards will be considered.

Your qualifications should be relevant for your chosen studentship.

You should be ready to submit your thesis within 3.5 years of starting your studentship. Please note that the University asserts the right to claim any intellectual property generated by research it funds.

How to apply

You can apply for a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentship using our online application form.

Underneath each of the project descriptions above, you will find a link to the application form. Please make a note of the project reference number as you will need to enter this on the application form.

You will also need electronic copies of the following documents to upload to the application form. We can accept files in pdf, jpeg or Word format.

  1. Certificates and transcripts from your Bachelor and Masters degrees (if applicable)
  2. Your personal statement explaining your suitability for the project. Please upload this in the 'Research Outline' section of the application form
  3. Passport and visa (if applicable)
  4. English language qualifications (if applicable)
  5. Curriculum vitae

We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 9 February 2020, and contact shortlisted applicants in mid-February. Interviews will be held in March 2020.

If you have any queries about the application process or the terms and conditions of our Vice Chancellor's PhD Studentships, please contact Becky Kraszewski on 01245 684920 or email

To discuss a research project, please contact the supervisor(s) named in the relevant project description.

Funding notes

Successful applicants for this project will receive a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentship which covers UK/EU tuition fees and provides a UKRI equivalent minimum annual stipend for three years.

The award is subject to successful candidates meeting the studentship terms and conditions. Please note that the University asserts the right to claim any intellectual property generated by research it funds.

Download full terms and conditions