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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.

NERC/EPSRC Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

The NERC/EPSRC funded Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment (led by the University of Hull’s Energy & Environment Institute, partnering with Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield universities and over 20 Industry partners) invites candidates for 4-year taught and research PhD scholarships. These are fully funded PhD opportunities to attract exceptional graduates to this pioneering industry.

The Aura CDT is an enabler for innovation in the offshore wind sector, unique in its cross-disciplinary engagement of engineering and environmental scientists, industry and policy makers. Your research could make a real impact to the environmental and engineering challenges the offshore wind (OSW) industry is facing. Areas identified for research and innovation include:

  • Big marine data and metocean;
  • Environmental interactions, seabed dynamics and benthic habitat;
  • Logistics, safety, risk and human factors
  • Low carbon transitions and community benefits;
  • Next generation materials and manufacturing;
  • Operations and remote autonomous monitoring.

Application deadline: Monday 29 April 2019


Modelling microplastic dispersal, settling and distribution in estuarine environments

Estuaries are ubiquitous features along the coastline where fluvial and marine environments meet and interact at a range of temporal and spatial scales. The interaction between river inputs (discharge and sediment load) and marine processes (tides, waves, sediment transport) create dynamic sedimentary basins which can act as temporary stores and sinks of sediment.

Plastic particles may be seen as a new, anthropogenic sediment. Different types of plastics are transported at different rates. Low-density plastics are concentrated near the water surface whilst high-density plastics may be transported more slowly near the river-bed.

With vertically increasing flow velocity, low-density plastics may be transported most quickly but may be more easily trapped on floodplains as floods attenuate. Little is known about the fate of fluvially transported microplastic in estuarine environments.

This studentship will focus on modelling the transport and settling rates of microplastics in the Humber Estuary, combining high resolution flow monitoring and sampling with state of the art numerical models to understand where and when microplastics are deposited in estuarine environments under differing fluvial and marine controls.

Application deadline: Monday 17 June 2019

Reducing alcohol-related harms through physical activity

The aim of this interdisciplinary PhD cluster is to develop an understanding of the relationship between excessive alcohol consumption and physical activity in reducing harms.

 In England, 10 million people drink at levels that increase their risk of harms, with 600,000 in need of treatment for alcohol use disorders. Although overall alcohol consumption has declined in recent years, many indicators of alcohol-related harms have increased. With excessive alcohol consumption causally linked to over 200 health conditions there are now over 1 million alcohol-related hospital admissions and an increasing trend in alcohol-specific deaths.

The harms and consequences of excessive drinking disproportionately affect socio-economically deprived communities, which suffer greater alcohol-related mortality and morbidity. Communities in the local area specifically face greater prevalence of alcohol disorders, and increasing alcohol-related admissions, alcoholic liver disease, alcohol-related cardiovascular disease and related mortality. 

Interventions designed to reduce alcohol-related harm have largely focussed on brief interventions and psychosocial treatments; however, the impact of brief interventions is limited, and four out of five people in need fail to access treatment. There is, therefore, a need to develop interventions with greater efficacy, uptake and long-term benefits.

Empirically, physical activity has significant health benefits and has been shown to improve health outcomes in numerous conditions. However, there is limited understanding of the impact of physical activity on individuals who drink alcohol excessively who are already at risk of harms to their health.

 These scholarships provide an opportunity to consider the epidemiological, public health and clinical impact of physical activity on alcohol-related harms. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary research team based in Faculty of Health Sciences where we have a vibrant postgraduate community supported by Methods Hub and Trials Unit within the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research.

Application deadline: Thursday 25 April 2019

Performance analysis within professional football: does the way we train translate to the match? (MSc Studentship)

 The University of Hull and Hull City Tigers AFC Academy have collaborated to provide an exciting and innovative part-time MSc studentship and internship opportunity.

The MSc studentship will follow an ‘embedded scientist’ approach, which allows researchers to understand the day-to-day performance questions that need answering using a scientific approach.

Application deadline: Friday 3 May 2019

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.

However, 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.

The students will join an exciting research and training environment. They will have access to our Lab-on-a-Chip Fabrication Facility, our Fab Lab for 3D printing and additive manufacturing and our Nanofabrication & Nanopatterning Facilities. Our University has invested heavily in High Performance Computing with VIPER as the highest-rated academic HPC in the North of England. 

Application deadline: Wednesday 15 May 2019

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