Research Topic Politics and International Relations
Reference number: HumSS 2015/4
Abstract

The School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy (SPIRE) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research clusters. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 80% of the School’s research was classified as world-leading and of international importance. The School brings together approximately 30 active researchers and 40 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

For 2015-2016, the School is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in area of Politics and International Relations with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/researchsubjects/politicsandinternationalrelations/#tabs-2

 

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes.

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£13, 863 and £3,996 for 2014/15).

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 February 2015.

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Liz Carter (e.carter@keele.ac.uk), and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/prospectivestudents/postgraduatefundingopportunitiesfor2015-2016  

 

 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date 23 February 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Psychology Studentships
Reference number: HumSS 2015/6
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to announce a range of funding opportunities for new Psychology PhD students starting in September 2015. We offer a wide range of specialist areas of supervision in the broad areas of Brain & Cognition; Health & Wellbeing; and Social & Developmental Psychology: for more information please see our Research pages (http://www.keele.ac.uk/psychology/research/). 

 

The first step is to identify a suitable supervisor through our research pages, then approach them with some ideas about what your research might involve. If your interests mesh, you will then work on developing a PhD proposal in time for our 23rd February deadline.  There are a number of staff who are actively looking for PhD students and who will be happy to support you in preparing an application.  Particular projects where staff are seeking well-qualified students include the following:

 

 

If you have any queries or would like support in how to identify a supervisor or prepare an application please contact Dr Alexandra Lamont (a.m.lamont@keele.ac.uk), Associate Postgraduate Research Director for the Centre for Psychological Research.

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£13, 863 and £3,996 for 2014/15).

 

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 February 2015.

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/prospectivestudents/postgraduatefundingopportunitiesfor2015-2016  

 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date 23 February 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Social Policy for 2015/16
Reference number: HumSS 2015/5
Abstract

The interdisciplinary Research Centre for Social at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research groups. In the last national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, 95% of the Centre’s research was classified as world-leading and of international importance. The Centre brings together over 40 active researchers and 143 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated PGR office suites and meeting rooms, transferable skills training and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

 

For 2015-2016, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities across its research areas (Sociology, Criminology, Human Geography, Education, Social Work, Health Policy and Management, and Gerontology). For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/socialsciencespgrstudentships/

and

http://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/researchcentres/socialpolicy/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include: 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (PhD)

Full Studentships (PhD)

Bursaries and Fee Waivers (PhD)

 

The closing date for applications is 23 February 2014.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr. Mark Featherstone (m.a.featherstone@keele.ac.uk) and prospective supervisors. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date 23 February 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Studentship opportunities in the Centre of Economics & Management, Keele Management School
Reference number: HumSS 2015/3
Abstract

The Centre for Economics and Management in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University is home to world-class scholars and research clusters.  In the last national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, 80% of the Centre’s research was classified as of international standard and some as world class.  The Centre brings together approximately 45 active researchers and 25 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.  Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

 

For 2015-2016, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of Economics and Management, though we are particularly keen to encourage applicants whose research falls into the following specific areas:

  • Applied Microeconomics and Finance
  • Critical Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Organisation Studies and International Business

 

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/researchcentres/economicsandmanagement/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include:

  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

A full studentship comprises an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£13, 863 and £3,996 for 2014/15).

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 February 2015.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application.  Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/prospectivestudents/socialsciencespgrstudentships/

 

 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date 23 February 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Astrophysics Studentships 2015
Reference number: EPSAM 2014-3
Abstract

A number of 3-year funded studentships are available from September 2015.  Projects include:

   Nuclear astrophysics: impact and sensitivity studies

   Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source

   Transiting extra-solar planets with WASP-South

   Atmospheric properties of A, F and G stars

 More projects may be added later.  For information on all projects see Advert and Details (below).

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend 3-year stipend at current Research Council rate for UK residents only. EU nationals (not resident in the UK) qualify for a fees-only award.
Closing date 27 February 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Studentship in Social Work for a January 2015 start
Reference number: HumSS 2014/7
Abstract

The Social Work research group in the Centre for Social Policy is seeking to appoint a PhD research student. The successful candidate would be supervised by Professor Steven M Shardlow. Preference will be given to applicants wishing to pursue a PhD in the following areas of social work: professional ethics and values; international and comparative social work; evidence based policy and practice; and professional education and development.

 

The Social Work research group is located in the interdisciplinary research Centre for Social Policy in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre is home to world-class scholars and internationally recognised research groups. In the 2008 RAE, 65% of the Centre’s research was classified as world-leading and of international importance. The Centre brings together over 40 active researchers and 143 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated PGR office suites and meeting rooms, transferable skills training and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

 

The closing date for applications is Monday 1 December 2014, with interviews on 8 December 2014.

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with Professor Shardlow (s.m.shardlow@keele.ac.uk) or the Postgraduate Research Director of the Centre for Social Policy, Dr. Mark Featherstone (m.a.featherstone@keele.ac.uk). Regarding practical questions around the application process please liaise with Helen Farrell: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date Monday 1 December 2014, with interviews on 8 December 2014

Apply online here


Research Topic AHRC Studentships for 2015-2016 in the Humanities, including Law and Philosophy
Reference number: HumSS 2015/2
Abstract

Keele University is pleased to announce a further round of investment in Postgraduate Research Studentships in the Humanities, including full AHRC studentships, to attract outstanding candidates across a number of its key areas to join its vibrant and exciting research environment.

In the last national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, 85-95% of research in Music, English and History at Keele was classified as world-leading and of international importance.

Keele University is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, RNCM, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  Full details of the consortium can be found here: http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/.  We are also offering a number of University Scholarships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships and fee waivers.

For 2015-2016, we are offering a range of studentship opportunities within and across:

  • Music and Music Technology
  • Creative Writing
  • English and American Literature
  • European, British, Transnational and American History
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Law
  • Philosophy

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is proud of its postgraduate research community, which we see as a vital part of the broader research culture within the University.  Our students enjoy high quality office space within a building dedicated to Humanities & Social Sciences research, the Claus Moser Research Centre, which brings together space for conferences and events, workshops, video conferencing, postgraduate research symposia, research projects, and a Faculty Research Office support team dedicated to making your experience at Keele run as smoothly as possible.

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/researchsubjects/

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include:

  • Fully funded AHRC studentships
  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)
  • The NWCDTP consortium also offers a small number of MRes studentships – if you are interested in applying for one of these, please contact Tim Lustig t.j.lustig@keele.ac.uk

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£13, 863 and £3,996 for 2014/15).

 

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 January 2015.

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Kathleen Cushing and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: humanities.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/rihums/prospectivestudents/postgraduatefundingopportunitiesfor2015-2016 

 

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Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date 23 January 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Law Studentship Opportunity
Reference number: HumSS 2014/7
Abstract

Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Law for 2015-2016 including full AHRC studentships

 

The School of Law within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University, comprises world-class scholars and research clusters. In the last national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, 50% of work submitted by the School of Law was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School has particular research strength in Healthcare and Bioethics; International and European Law, Professions, Practice, and Legal Education; Private Law, Theory and Practice; and Social Justice and Human Rights http://www.keele.ac.uk/law/research/researchclusters/. Across these clusters, researchers draw on a range of socio-legal, critical, analytical-philosophical and doctrinal approaches.

 

The School brings together approximately 30 active researchers and 40 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment. Our facilities include dedicated office suites and meeting rooms for postgraduate research students, transferable skills training, and funding to support research expenses and conference attendance.

 

Keele University is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, RNCM, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  Full details of the consortium can be found here: http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/.

 

For 2015-2016, the Centre is offering a range of studentship opportunities. Applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in all areas of legal scholarship in which we have appropriate supervisory expertise.

 

For further details of our specific research specialisms and the expertise of our supervisors please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/researchsubjects/

 

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include:

 

  • Fully funded AHRC studentships
  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

 

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£13, 863 and £3,996 for 2014/15).

 

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 January 2015.

 

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Law Postgraduate Research Director, Professor Alex Sharpe (a.sharpe@keele.ac.uk) and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

 

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/prospectivestudents/postgraduatefundingopportunitiesfor2015-2016

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date 23 January 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Philosophy Studentship - AHRC and Keele sponsored
Reference number: HumSS 2015/1
Abstract

 Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Philosophy for 2015-2016

 including full Arts and Humanities Research Council studentships

The School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy (SPIRE) is home to world-class scholars in a small, friendly and research-intensive environment. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 80% of the School’s research was classified as world-leading and of international importance. SPIRE brings together approximately 25 active researchers and 50 postgraduate research students in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

For 2015-2016, applications are invited from high quality prospective doctoral students in areas of Philosophy with a good fit with the research specialisms and expertise of our academic staff. For further details please visit:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/spire/philosophy/phd/

Students from SPIRE have an excellent record of successful completion of their PhDs. We offer a carefully designed programme of research training tailored to individual projects, the support of a dedicated supervisor and a wider supervisory team. Postgraduate research students have access to modern office suites and meeting rooms, funding for research expenses and conference attendance. SPIRE provides a supportive research environment and students are encouraged to take a full part in a wide ranging programme of seminars and graduate classes.

Our postgraduate funding opportunities for 2015-16 include:

  • Fully funded AHRC Studentships
  • Full Studentships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (fees at UK/EU rate and annual maintenance grant)
  • Bursaries and Fee Waivers (fees/part fees at UK/EU rate)

A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee (£13, 863 and £3,996 for 2014/15).

Keele University is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) with the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, RNCM, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Salford.  Full details of the consortium can be found here: http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/.

Closing Date:

Friday 23 January 2015 (for AHRC applicants only)

Monday 23 February 2015 (general admissions and non-AHRC studentships)

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Liz Carter (e.carter@keele.ac.uk), and/or prospective supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Please liaise with Helen Farrell for advice on the most appropriate contact point: socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk; tel. +44 (0)1782 733641.

Full details and application procedures can be found on the website:

www.keele.ac.uk/risocsci/prospectivestudents/postgraduatefundingopportunitiesfor2015-2016   

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees £3,996
Stipend A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate (£13, 863 for 2014/15) plus tuition fee (£3,996)
Closing date 23 January 2015

Apply online here


Research Topic Computer Science - Understanding and modelling emergent functionality in small biological neural systems
Reference number: EPSAM2014-1
Abstract

The functionality of biological neural systems emerges through the interaction of neurons. Recent technological advances allow the recording and analysis of many neurons individually, making possible the understanding and modelling the emergence of system level functionality in biological neural circuits.

The successful candidate will be expected to learn the relevant biological experimental techniques, perform biological experiments, learn the relevant computational modelling techniques, and build and analyse computational models of neurons and neural circuits.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Full stipend at UK Research Council rate
Closing date 15 September 2014

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Research Topic Fault geometry and fault-zone development in mixed carbonate/clastic successions: Implications for reservoir management
Reference number: EPSAM2014-2
Abstract

Faults are key controlling elements of fluid flow within reservoirs. When faults undergo displacement, they change their fluid transmissibility by juxtaposing various lithologies across the fault, by developing a fault zone of gouge and by developing a damage zone adjacent to the fault, all of which have the potential to compartmentalise reservoirs and complicate exploitation.  This project will examine fault and fault-zone geometry in mixed clastic, carbonate and coal successions to deliver numerical models of the effects of these on fault-seal potential, reservoir compartmentalisation and reservoir performance.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Full stipend at UK Research Council rate
Closing date 15 September 2014

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Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Astrophysics funded Studentships 2014
Reference number: EPSAM 2013-1
Abstract

A number of 3-year funded studentships are available from September 2014.  Projects include:

   Nuclear astrophysics: impact and sensitivity studies

   Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source

   Star formation and stellar ages from the Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Survey

   Star formation in the Magellanic Clouds

    

 More projects may be added later.  For information on all projects see Advert and Details (below).

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend 3-year stipend paid at current Research Council rate for UK residents only. EU nationals (not resident in the UK) qualify for a fees-only award.
Closing date 30 May 2014

Apply online here


Research Topic Remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals
Reference number: ISTM 2012-04
Abstract

Advancement in knowledge of cell-materials interaction has led to development of novel materials for use in implant technology, in vitro expansion of cells for regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics. Scaffold materials provide the architecture to support 3D tissue growth, although often such materials cause problems for long-term regeneration. Biodegradable scaffolds that collapse after a fixed time period, either naturally or after external stimulus, are therefore advantageous. Addition of nanoparticles into the intrinsic structure of a scaffold can enhance functionality and lead to exciting new properties including ability to remotely trigger structural collapse and drug release. Here we are interested in the incorporation of such nanoparticles into a thermo-responsive biocompatible scaffold. This sophisticated system will result in remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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Research Topic Image guided stimuli responsive nanoparticles for treatment of pancreatic cancer
Reference number: ISTM 2012-03
Abstract

Magnetic nanoparticles have become widely studied for biomedical applications in recent years including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nerve regeneration, drug and gene therapy. Coating the MNPs with gold results in a rigid coat shielding the external environment from the iron oxide. This results in safer particles with increased applications. Colloidal gold possess’ unique surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. When nanoparticles are irradiated with light of appropriate wavelength, particles undergo absorption and scattering of the photons. This absorption of Au nanoparticles is followed by rapid conversion of light into heat. In biomedicine this unique property can be exploited for applications such as photo thermal ablation and thermo responsive drug delivery. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th main cancer in the western world with only 5% of patients surviving up to 5 years after treatment. There is a huge clinical need for more efficient treatments for this disease. This group is interested in the application of gold coated magnetic nanoparticles for image guided stimuli responsive drug delivery for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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Research Topic Soil Biogeochemistry
Reference number: EPSAM 2013-4
Abstract

The student will carry out laboratory and field experiments to investigate the impacts of reactive N enrichment on the N cycle processes in soils of mature and restored ecosystems (varied age classes).

Biogeochemical research methods including soil incubation, experimental manipulation and subsequent sampling for N speciation measurement and process rates calculation will be utilized.
 

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Full stipend at UK Research Council rate
Closing date 10th July 2014

Apply online here