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Delivering exceptional research

Without quality researchers, there can be no quality research.

This is why we invest into PhD scholarships and support you during every step of your research journey. Many of our projects are interdisciplinary and in collaboration with industry.

If you choose to carry out your postgraduate studies with us, you will become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community.

Register now to keep up to date about our scholarship rounds for 2019 and beyond.

Development of responsive theranostic nanoparticles for cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. There is an urgent need to diagnose and treat cancer more effectively. Understanding if a drug is delivered to the tumour and whether there is or not a positive response to this drug, is vital to improving survival rates. The development of nanomaterials for this purpose is an important strategy for achieving critical advances in diagnostic medical imaging and drug delivery.

The aim of this PhD is to create a series of state-of-the-art theranostic nanomaterials for targeted diagnosis and therapy of cancer. These nanomaterials will incorporate a therapeutic as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents to help expedite the development of novel targeted and personalised therapies for cancer. 

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An attentional bias approach to understanding and reducing the psychosocial burden of psoriasis

Fear can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, this emotion facilitates detection of danger in the environment and helps the person respond effectively to threatening situations. On the other hand, there is evidence that devoting too much attention to threat-related information can lead to the development of anxiety disorders.

The proposed PhD project will investigate whether an attentional bias towards threat-related information contributes to this anxiety-provoking cycle. 

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Alan Johnson PhD Scholarship

Alan Johnson was Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle for twenty years (1997-2017) and was a leading figure in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His ministerial career included periods as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Trade and Industry, Education and Skills, Health, and, finally, as Home Secretary.

The successful candidate will undertake research in the field of politics and government, and benefit from access to the recently deposited personal papers of Alan Johnson.

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ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships

The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships.

To be considered for this funding, you must submit an application for PhD study to the University of Hull by 5pm, Wednesday 23 January.

ESRC-funded postgraduates follow a 3-year PhD programme (known as a '+3') or a 4-year programme consisting of a Masters plus PhD (known as a '1+3'). Applicants are invited to submit a proposal that fits into one of the following interdisciplinary pathways.  Studentships have to be based in the subject area listed below for a given pathway, but can be co-supervised by a member of staff from a different disciplinary background. Applicants are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor for support in designing their project. 

Falling through the net: examining the causes of child trafficking and exploitation

The Wilberforce Institute is a postgraduate institute dedicated to improving the conditions of people around the world in situations of slavery and exploitation. 

We're offering three full-time scholarships investigating child trafficking and exploitation. The scholarships form the basis of a new research cluster that will examine the problem of contemporary cross-border child trafficking through a wide historical lens. The aim is not just to undertake ground-breaking research, but to inform policy and improve outcomes for those in conditions of exploitation.

The Institute places high importance on the contribution of its PhD students to the research agenda of the Institute. Our students meet regularly for the exchange and discussion of ideas and successful applicants will be expected to play a central role in the intellectual and administrative development of the cluster, as well as its outputs.

Sensing and Safeguarding the Water Environment

Water pollution from industry, agriculture and urban settings is a major global pressure on human and ecological health. Effective monitoring of water quality is vital to safeguard our water supply and managing the health of our aquatic ecosystems. 

Traditional monitoring has relied on relatively expensive physical sensors operating at low spatial resolution that require skilled personnel for servicing and maintenance. Such sensing systems are often not affordable; in particular in those jurisdictions with the greatest challenges concerning water quality. A fuller understanding of water quality and pollution dynamics, including sources and behaviour of pollutants are often lacking, hindering cost-effective and targeted environmental management.

With recent breakthroughs in pump- and label-free fluid processing as well as label-free high sensitivity sensing, complex sample processing workflows can now be greatly simplified, offering a pathway to create high density networks of automated sensors or enrolling members of the general public in gathering data with simple sensors.

In this cluster we bring together experts in environmental sciences for marine, coastal and river waters with experts in lab-on-a-chip, nanophysics sensing technologies and lifecycle engineering as well as big data analytics to address research questions in this area.

Living with Water: Perceptions, Processes, Responses and Mitigation of Flooding

The magnitude and frequency of flooding and the associated risks to infrastructure, economic activity and human life are known to be increasing due to changes in rainfall and storm intensity, frequency and seasonality, in conjunction with the pressures of increased development on floodplains and in the coastal zone. There is a need for society to adapt to Live with Water.

This PhD cluster will focus on better understanding the impacts of flooding and improving the approaches to mitigating flood risk to societies. The cluster brings together researchers in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Life Sciences, and Computer Science with social scientists and physical and numerical modellers in Geography and Geology.

Bridging the Divide: Living with Multimorbidities

The aim of this interdisciplinary cluster is to develop an understanding of Multimorbidity (MMB) through determining the ‘lived experience’ of MMB, which is essential to advance patient care, improve the education of health and social care professionals and ensure the effective use of increasingly limited resources.

Research, all too often, shies away from the ‘messy reality’ of living with multiple medical conditions. It is not uncommon, for example, to exclude people living with MMB from clinical trials, or to prioritise one condition over another to the detriment of understanding the collective interaction of comorbidities. This research cluster prioritises the collection of voices of people living with MMB and their families and carers.

Adaptive Radiotherapy: Engineering the radiobiological tumour for improved radiation success

Radiotherapy is a key cancer treatment strategy, but remains an underrepresented area of research focus in the UK and worldwide. The Adaptive Radiotherapy PhD studentship cluster is focused on radiotherapy research training and capacity building at the University of Hull and in the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust (HEYH-NHS).

You will be embedded in an active, dynamic, research environment, with access to all research facilities both at the University of Hull relevant to the cluster (Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science), as well as the Medical Physics facilities, Molecular Imaging Research Centre and instruments at Castle Hill Hospital. 

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