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 The decomposition of carrion in water environments: Implications for search and recovery techniques and PMI estimates
Reference number FNS GS 2018-15
Overview

The aim of the research is to improve the success rates of water searches and increase accuracy for postmortem interval (PMI) estimates. This will be achieved by conducting a series of controlled experiments that cover the fields of forensic anthropology and geoscience, which will allow us to identify the variables that significantly influence the postmortem movement and decomposition of cadavers in water. The results of the study can then be applied to existing casework, allowing us to predict the size of the target (stage of decomposition) and its position/movement in the water, identify the tools most suited to the scene, reduce search times, and increase success rates at recovering individuals.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years
Fees Fully funded
Stipend Funding support is provided as follows: 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing January of academic year 2018/2019. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2018/19 £14,777 per annum). Funding for consumables and conference attendance is available.
Closing date 5 November 2018
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Research topic ESRC Health and Wellbeing
Reference number HUMSS ESRC 2019 HWB
Overview

As part of the The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership annual ESRC competition, Keele University invites outstanding student applications to pursue research training studies to apply for fully-funded postgraduate research studentship in any of the five Social Sciences pathways.


For 2019-20 ESRC applications are invited for the following pathways:


•    Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work
•    Economic & Social History
•    Health & Wellbeing
•    Social Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine
•    Socio-Legal Studies

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years full time or 6 years part time
Fees Funding support is provided as follows:- 100% UK tuition fees for 3 years commencing 2019/0. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2018/9 stipend £14,777 per annum).
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time
Closing date 4 February 2019
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Research topic ESRC Socio-Legal Studies
Reference number HUMSS ESRC 2019 LAW
Overview

As part of the The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership annual ESRC competition, Keele University invites outstanding student applications to pursue research training studies to apply for fully-funded postgraduate research studentship in any of the five Social Sciences pathways.


For 2019-20 ESRC applications are invited for the following pathways:


•    Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work
•    Economic & Social History
•    Health & Wellbeing
•    Social Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine
•    Socio-Legal Studies

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years full time or 6 years part time
Fees Funding support is provided as follows:- 100% UK tuition fees for 3 years commencing 2019/0. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2018/9 stipend £14,777 per annum).
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time
Closing date 4 February 2019
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Research topic ESRC Economic and Social History, Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine
Reference number HUMSS ESRC 2019 SHI
Overview

As part of the The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership annual ESRC competition, Keele University invites outstanding student applications to pursue research training studies to apply for fully-funded postgraduate research studentship in any of the five Social Sciences pathways.


For 2019-20 ESRC applications are invited for the following pathways:


•    Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work
•    Economic & Social History
•    Health & Wellbeing
•    Social Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine
•    Socio-Legal Studies

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years full time or 6 years part time
Fees Funding support is provided as follows:- 100% UK tuition fees for 3 years commencing 2019/0. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2018/9 stipend £14,777 per annum).
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time
Closing date 4 February 2019
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Research topic ESRC Criminology, Social Policy, Social Work
Reference number HUMSS ESRC 2019 SP
Overview

As part of the The North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership annual ESRC competition, Keele University invites outstanding student applications to pursue research training studies to apply for fully-funded postgraduate research studentship in any of the five Social Sciences pathways.


For 2019-20 ESRC applications are invited for the following pathways:


•    Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work
•    Economic & Social History
•    Health & Wellbeing
•    Social Studies of Science, Technology & Medicine
•    Socio-Legal Studies

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years full time or 6 years part time
Fees Funding support is provided as follows:- 100% UK tuition fees for 3 years commencing 2019/0. Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2018/9 stipend £14,777 per annum).
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for three years full time or six years part time
Closing date 4 February 2019
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Research topic Nanoporous materials for sensors and catalytic applications.
Reference number FNS GS 2018-05
Overview

The project commences in October 2018 and will be carried out at Keele University.


Full details are attached.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years
Fees Fully funded
Stipend Funding support is provided as follows: 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2018/2019 . Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2018/9 stipend £14,777 per annum). Funding for consumables and conference attendance is available.
Closing date 1 September 2018 in the first instance, with the interviews planned for mid-September 2018. If no suitable candidate is identified following this deadline, then further applications will be considered until the post is filled.
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Research topic Principled agent-based simulation
Reference number FNS GS 2018-08
Overview

The PhD will be based at Keele in Prof. Polack’s team, but would involve working with developers at University of York, and the York Computational Immunology Lab.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years
Fees See details document
Stipend See details document
Closing date Applications are accepted all year round
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Research topic Galactokinase as a novel target to fight leishmaniasis
Reference number FNS GS 2018-09
Overview

See details document.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded PhD position
Stipend Self-funded PhD position
Closing date Open ended
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Research topic Data-driven design of biological systems – computational synthetic biology.
Reference number FNS GS 2017-18
Overview

This project involves the development of formal data and model-driven design methodologies for biological systems. We will investigate the process of mapping biological circuit specifications into DNA bases that encode desired systems.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years.
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only. Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available.
Stipend No funding available. Open to fully self-funded students only.
Closing date Applications accepted all year round.
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Research topic Design, chemical synthesis and evaluation of mimetic nucleoside analogues.
Reference number FNS GS 2017-14
Overview

Applications are invited for self-funded students wishing to perform research towards a PhD in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only. Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. For UK/EU 2017/18 tuition fees are £4195 per annum and overseas are £18,900 per annum.
Stipend No funding available. Open to fully self-funded students only.
Closing date Applications accepted all year round.
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Research topic Interactive virtual 3D environments.
Reference number FNS GS 2018-04
Overview

The PhD research will involve the user experience design and evaluation of an online virtual environment integrated with collaborative and reconstruction tools.


Please see advert for further details.

Details See advert and details
Duration
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only.
Stipend This opportunity for self-funded applicants only.
Closing date Applications are welcome all year around.
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Research topic Wearable sensing device design, evaluation and data analytics.
Reference number FNS GS 2018-07
Overview

Wearable technology and data analytics are active and important areas of research with many opportunities for innovation. This PhD research will involve the use, testing and evaluation of commercial and prototype wearable tech. designs as well as an opportunity to research data analytics with acquired data.


Please see attached advert for full details.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 years
Fees Open to fully self-funded students only. Please note that self-funded applicants must provide funding for both tuition fees and living expenses for the 3 year duration of the research. There is a future possibility of competitive scholarship awards for outstanding applicants (1st class honours), however, none are currently available. For information regarding University tuition fees please see: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgresearch/feesandfinance/
Stipend This opportunity for self-funded applicants only.
Closing date Applications are welcome all year around.
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Research topic Role of protein phosphatase 4 (PP4) in cancer: Analysis and potential therapeutic target?
Reference number FNS GS 2018-10
Overview

Please see attached advert for details.


This project is intended to investigate the role of serine/threonine protein phosphatase 4 (PP4) in cancer development, progression to advanced metastatic stage, and therapy resistance.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 year project
Fees Home/EU fees are £4260 per annum for 2018/9 and overseas fees are £23300 per annum
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date Applications are accepted all year round
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Research topic Second generation nano-carriers for pancreatic cancer therapy.
Reference number ISTM2018-CUMO_01
Overview

We are looking to recruit a PhD student with a relevant chemical, biomedical science or bioengineering background to design and develop novel nanomedicine platforms for chemotherapy.


In this project we would like to use this established chemistry in order to form a range of second generation particles exploiting combined therapies of anticancer drugs for pancreatic cancer treatment.


Self-funding students only.

Details See advert and details and supplementary information
Duration
Fees n/a
Stipend n/a
Closing date Friday 18th May 2019
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Research topic Nanopharmaceutics, nanomedicine, stem cell therapy, bioengineering, nanotechnology, cancer therapeutics, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering.
Reference number ISTM2018
Overview

We are looking to recruit PhD students with a relevant chemical, biomedical science or bioengineering background to add to our existing portfolio of novel technologies for medical advancement. We would particularly welcome applicants with interest in stem cell therapy, regenerate medicine, tissue engineering or nanoparticle technologies.


Self-funding students only.

Details See advert and details
Duration
Fees Home fees (£10,000 per year) Overseas fees (£21,000 per year)
Stipend Self-funding students only
Closing date Wednesday 19th June 2019
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Research topic Repurposing drugs in cancer
Reference number FNS GS 2018-11
Overview

The aims of this project are to identify drugs with potential for repurposing in cancer treatment. The project involves screening current FDA-approved drugs for their anti-cancer activity in a range of human cancer cell lines. Identified drugs will be further investigated and their mechanisms of action characterised.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 year project
Fees Home/EU fees are £4260 per annum for 2018/9 and overseas fees are £23300 per annum.
Stipend Self-funded PhD position
Closing date Applications are accepted all year round
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Research topic Role of non-coding RNA in cancer
Reference number FNS GS 2018-12
Overview

The project will examine the role of long-non coding RNAs in cancer. Experiments will focus on investigating the function of novel uncharacterized long non-coding RNAs in the control of cell fate in order to elucidate their functional roles and their significance in human physiology and pathology.


The project involves cell culture studies, functional assays and RNA sequencing.

Details See advert and details
Duration 3 year project
Fees Home/EU fees are £4260 per annum for 2018/9 and overseas fees are £23300 per annum.
Stipend Self-funded PhD position
Closing date Applications are accepted all year round
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