Postgraduate Research Opportunities

We welcome enquiries from well-qualified graduates throughout the year.

Information on current research interests of staff, potential PhD / MPhil project areas and details of the application process, are given for each discipline:

Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) 

Three Month Fixed term Graduate Researcher opportunities.

As part of the SEND project at Keele University, this is an exciting opportunity to undertake a paid three-month project and is suitable for a graduate studying at Keele University. This opportunity is open to both UK and International researchers. 

The placement is working with TMT First, a mobile telephone repair, returns management and outsourced fulfilment company. TMT First became well known within the mobile industry as the company to turn to for high volume, short notice, high quality and high tech service solutions. Payment will be £12.60/hour plus any holiday accruement, which equates to £23,754 pro rata. This will give the successful candidate(s) the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a rapidly growing field alongside studying at Keele University. 

Established in 2006, TMT First was born a tech company that specialised in software customisation for mobile phones. The boom in smartphones fuelled this market and TMT First grew rapidly working with the likes of Samsung, Nokia, Three, Virgin, Huawei and Carphone Warehouse. Moving into repairs, returns management and outsourced fulfilment, TMT First became well known within the mobile industry as the company to turn to for high volume, short notice, high quality and high tech service solutions.

During phone repair it is often standard practice to replace the battery whether or not it is faulty. It is thought that there are an estimated 1 million of these replacements every month across Europe, resulting in a huge amount of batteries for reprocessing or repair/re-use. This project will explore the options for and technical feasibility of re-use. This will involve a survey of theoretical options and safety implications of the re-use of batteries, along with the production of an initial prototype system and initial environment tests to characterise failure limits and the lifetimes of batteries.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to learn more, please contact to arrange an informal discussion:

Dr Sharon George (MSc in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology Course Director)

To Apply, please fill out an Application and return in to Dr Sharon George.

About the SEND Project

A European first, this world-class demonstrator facility for smart energy research and development will enable the testing and evaluation of new and evolving energy technologies.
Working collaboratively with local partner companies, the programme will provide the opportunity to assess the efficiency of these new technologies in terms of energy reduction, cost
and CO 2 emissions. More information on SEND is available at:

The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator project (ref 32R16P00706) is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European
Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme. It is also part-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).


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NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (DCT) in Oil and Gas

The Basin Dynamics Research Group at Keele University is a member of the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas. This CDT is a consortium of 14 UK universities each with a strong research focus in hydrocarbon exploration, the British Geological Survey and the National Oceanographic Centre.

Postgraduate taught opportunities

In addition to our postgraduate research opportunities, we also have a number of postgraduate taught (MSc/MA) courses that are offered by the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment.

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