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We offer a wide variety of studentships and other research opportunities throughout the year. As a research student, you'll work with at least one academic supervisor and be given research training to help you gain skills in research methodology. Please check the information on each studentship carefully before applying.

Faculty of Science and Health studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Science and Health may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages.

Please read the adverts carefully as different projects may have different types of funding available.

MSD: Assessing the environmental benefits and educational value of tree-planting projects in schools

In this one-year Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD) project, you will work as part of a team to address the overarching question “what do trees and their associated biota do for us?”

You will co-design field experiments with supervisors, teachers and school children, and carry out laboratory techniques and analyse data. You will also support teachers and school children to perform experiments and analyses.

Title: Assessing the environmental benefits and educational value of tree-planting projects in schools

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 6th January 2023


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PhD: Dementia - Fundamentals of care

This funded PhD studentship will nurse and allied health professionals providing fundamental care within the wider system with a focus on care and factors influencing delivery focusing on nutrition and hydration, positive relationships, and activities of daily living affecting patient safety in the acute sector.

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in health or social care, and an interest in primary or acute health care research relevant to issues of socio-economic inequality, access, and health and well-being.

Title: Dementia - Fundamentals of care

Based in: School of Health and Social Care

Deadline: 20th January 2023.


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PhD: Ecological impacts of Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast

This fully funded PhD studentship will evaluate the impact of natural flood risk management (NFM), and related nature-based solutions, on catchment ecosystem functions including co-benefits for ecosystem services (biodiversity, carbon sequestration, flood defence).

We are looking for candidates with at least a 1st class or upper second class BSc degree in a relevant science subject (or expected to achieve this, for applicants who are in their final undergraduate year), who carry out active fieldwork in remote locations.

Title: Ecological impacts of Nature-Based-Solutions for flood-risk management from catchment to coast

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 27th January 2023


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PhD: Using biochronologies and chemical tracers to track salmon movements and growth in a changing world

This fully funded PhD studentship will use archival tissues (otoliths, eye lenses, scales) that encompass both freshwater and marine phases to understand the factors driving life history choices and mortality in salmon.

The successful candidate will receive training in a variety of laboratory, field, data analysis and science communication skills that are transferrable across a range of career paths. There are extensive samples and data already in hand, but you will also have the opportunity to travel to the study sites to collect additional samples.

Title: Using biochronologies and chemical tracers to track salmon movements and growth in a changing world

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 6th February 2023


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PhD: On the purpose of cognitive reflection

This PhD studentship, funded as part of a Leverhulme Trust grant, aims to understand how people use reflection when solving word problems.

We are looking for candidates with at least an undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as experience in experimental research and quantitative analysis.

Title: On the purpose of cognitive reflection

Based in: Department of Psychology

Deadline: 8th February 2023


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PhD: Learning from animal signals: new machine learning applications and development inspired by bioacoustics

This fully funded PhD studentship will achieve new insights into animal bio-acoustic signalling and potential industrial applications, using new development and applications of machine learning, including attentional AI.

We welcome applicants with a 1st class or 2:1 BSc (or equivalent) in biology, computer science or any related field. The project will require strong skills in programming (e.g. Python), machine learning and data analysis, including recent machine learning techniques and computer simulation.

This PhD is based at the University of Essex, but the successful candidate will also undertake a fully funded, 1.5 year placement in Japan with Cross Labs, an AI research institute within the company Cross Compass Ltd.

Title: Learning from animal signals: new machine learning applications and development inspired by bioacoustics

Based in: School of Life Sciences

Deadline: 28th February 2023


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Faculty of Arts and Humanities studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages, which will be advertised here when available.

 

Faculty of Social Sciences studentships

Departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences may advertise studentships and available projects throughout the academic year. You can find more information on supervision and applicant criteria for individual studentships below.

Please read the descriptions carefully as each studentship will have different criteria and types of funding available.

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Doctoral Training Partnerships

Our Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) offer you skills training and funding for your postgraduate research. Join one of our DTPs and you'll work alongside leading academics in your subject.

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