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pre-approved PhD research projects

Explore our fully-funded and self-funded PhD research projects

If you want to do a PhD, MPhil or MD with us and you don't have your own research idea, you can apply to one of our pre-approved PhD research projects.

Once you've found a project you're interested in, you should contact one of the supervisors on the project to discuss your interest – you'll find the supervisor's contact details on the individual project page.

If you've got your own research idea and you've identified a subject area that fits your research, find a supervisor in our Research Portal and contact them directly to discuss your idea.

Research projects

PhD projects by subject area

Self funded


To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Accounting postgraduate research page.

Funded

  • Funded PhD opportunities in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism (open call)

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To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism postgraduate research page.

Funded

  • Fully-funded PhD Bursaries in Humanities and Social Sciences for minoritised ethnic candidates (open call)

    Self funded


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Area Studies postgraduate research page postgraduate research page.

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    • Funded PhD opportunities in Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice (open call)

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice postgraduate research page.

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    • Disentangling trophic interactions within spider communities, with implications for the evolution of group living, and for using spiders for biological pest control
    • Climate Change Mitigation in the Isle of Wight Marine Biosphere, Solent
    • Disentangling the origin and diversification of orchids in the Caribbean biodiversity hotspot
       

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Biological Sciences postgraduate research page.

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Civil Engineering postgraduate research page.

     

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Computing postgraduate research page.

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Cosmology and Astrophysics postgraduate research page.

    Funded 

    There are currently no pre-approved projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please head to our Criminology postgraduate research page for more information.

    There are currently no pre-approved projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please head to our Dental and Oral Health postgraduate research page for more information.

    Funded

    • Going to School in Portsmouth: Children’s Experience of Education
    • Fully-funded PhD Bursaries in Humanities and Social Sciences for minoritised ethnic candidates (open call)

    Self-funded


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Education postgraduate research page.

    Funded

    Explore funded PhD projects in Electronic Engineering

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Electronic Engineering postgraduate research page.

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    • Modelling of multi-MW scale hybrid power plant using solid oxide fuel cells and lithium ion batteries to displace diesel as back-up power for charging of electric boats and electric vehicles at various ports, towns and cities in the UK.
    • Underground Hydrogen Storage: A Mathematical Study of Hydrogen Multiphase Flow in Porous Media

     

    There are currently no pre-approved projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please head to our Energy Engineering postgraduate research page for more information.

     

     

    Funded projects

    • Fully-funded PhD Bursaries in Humanities and Social Sciences for minoritised ethnic candidates (open call)

    There are currently no pre-approved projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please head to our English Literature postgraduate research page for more information.

    Funded

    • Funded PhD opportunities in Film and Media Studies (open call)

    Self-funded


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Finance postgraduate research page.

    Self-funded

     


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Health and Social Care postgraduate research page.

     

    Funded projects

    • Fully-funded PhD Bursaries in Humanities and Social Sciences for minoritised ethnic candidates (open call)

    There are currently no pre-approved projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please head to our History postgraduate research page for more information.

    Funded projects

    • Remaking Fashion: Exploring design thinking and business innovation in a circular economy for fashion

    Self-funded projects

    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management postgraduate research page.

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    • Funded PhD opportunities in Journalism, Communication and Creative Writing (open call)

     

     

    Funded projects

    • Fully-funded PhD Bursaries in Humanities and Social Sciences for minoritised ethnic candidates (open call)

    There are currently no pre-approved projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please head to our Languages and Applied Linguistics page for more information.

    Funded

    • Children's experiences of participation in private law hearings

    Self-funded projects


    To submit your own PhD proposal - or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees - please visit our Law postgraduate research page

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    • Consumer engagement in cause-related marketing: the positive outcomes of consumer empowerment and personal relevance

    Self-funded


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Marketing postgraduate research page.

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    Self-funded


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Mechanical and Design Engineering postgraduate research page.

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Operations and Systems Management postgraduate research page.

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    • Fully-funded PhD Bursaries in Humanities and Social Sciences for minoritised ethnic candidates (open call)

    Self-funded


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Politics and International Relations postgraduate research page.

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    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Psychology postgraduate research page.

    Funded projects

    • Stigma Power and obesity: a narrative analysis of comparative policy responses and individual’s stories
    • Fully-funded PhD Bursaries in Humanities and Social Sciences for minoritised ethnic candidates (open call)

    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Sociology postgraduate research page.

    Funded

    • Vascular function during head-down tilt lithotomy position surgery: understanding and avoiding a surgical disaster

    Self-funded


    To submit your own PhD proposal – or for more information about our postgraduate research degrees – please visit our Sport and Exercise Science postgraduate research page.

    Funded

    • Funded PhD opportunities in Performance, Theatre and Music (open call)

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