Research

Applying for postgraduate research opportunities (applicants seeking University funding support)

Details of fully-funded research projects can be found below.

Any partially-funded projects are listed here:

All funded postgraduate research opportunities are linked to specific research topics and funding routes, and are recruited on a competitive basis. New research students join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing students to share experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. Students benefit from our academic expertise, and support through a strong programme of research training at each stage of their research degree. A summary of each funded route can be found below.

Doctoral Training Alliance

Teesside University is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), a new doctoral training initiative from University Alliance – Britain’s universities for cities and regions. The first DTA Applied Biosciences for Health was launched in 2015. The second, in Energy, launched in October 2016. The third, in Social Policy, will launch in October 2017. Teesside University offers fully funded, three-year PhD studentships as part of all three DTA programmes.

The Doctoral Training Alliance, developed by a group of Alliance universities, builds on our research strengths and industry-focused ethos. The training will produce independent, highly-employable researchers with knowledge, expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas. It is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide initiative of its kind.

More about the Doctoral Training Alliance

Doctoral Training Alliance Biosciences for Health Funded Studentships

Sensory discrimination training for individuals with phantom limb pain
Supervisory: Dr Cormac Ryan (DOS) and Prof Denis Martin
Phantom limb pain is pain experienced by an individual in a limb that has been amputated. Sensory discrimination training is an intervention which has shown preliminary promise as an intervention for phantom limb pain. However, there is a need to further investigate its effectiveness before it should be used in clinical practice. Further, there is no literature on the patient experience of the sensory discrimination training. Such information is important in terms of the acceptability and usability of the intervention. This PhD will explore the use of sensory discrimination training in people with phantom limb pain using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Essential criteria: The individual must be a qualified Allied Health professional or Nurse registered with the HCPC or an equivalent body. A good BSc Honours degree 2:1 or 1:1.

Desirable criteria: Experience of working with people who have had an amputation. Experience of working with people with persistent pain. A good understanding of pain physiology.

We welcome applications until the closing date of Monday 18th September 2017, with a start date of October 2017.

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Doctoral Training Alliance Energy Funded Studentships

Teesside University is offering funded PhD studentships in energy based in the School of Science, Engineering & Design.

Big data and IOT (Internet of Things) application for sustainable infrastructure, industrial and energy performance
The industrial and infrastructure sector accounts for over a half of the total energy use in the European Union. In order to meet carbon reduction targets, sustainability and high efficiency is needed across the entire energy supply chain from the point of generation through to the point of end use in industry. Modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and big data management techniques have the potential to make significant contributions to sustainable systems.

Applications are invited for fundamental or applied research projects investigating the use of industrial informatics and big data in smart grid/smart factory applications. Projects should principally focus upon ICT aspects of sustainable infrastructure and should include one or more of the following areas: communication and control infrastructures; situation awareness and visualisation; predictive analytics; distributed energy control and optimization; energy-aware manufacturing and demand response.

We welcome applications until the closing date of Monday 18th September 2017, with a start date of October 2017..

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For all enquiries please contact Professor Nashwan Dawood at N.N.Dawood@tees.ac.uk

 ESRC (Economic Social Research Council) Funded Scholarships in Social Sciences

Teesside University is part of the NINE (Northern Ireland North-East) DTP (Doctoral Training Partnership) collaboration. Following Teesside’s successful REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission in social policy, the University was invited to be part of a funded partnership between the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Queens University Belfast, Northumbria, Sunderland and Ulster. The NINE DTP provides prospective students with an opportunity to apply for funded PhD study in two potential pathways. The Teesside pathways are sociology, social policy and social work and children, youth and families. If you are looking to apply for a funded PhD in these subject areas we welcome applications until the closing date (January 2018). The opportunity enables you to be part of a community of academic excellence that is helping to shape the global future of social sciences while engaging with the challenges in our local communities.

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For all enquiries please contact Dr Ewan Ingleby at e.ingleby@tees.ac.uk

More about the NINE DTP studentships

 PSi Global Partnership Funded Studentship: Experimental and Computational Study of Filtration and Separation Process

About the project:
The Vacuum pumps or the compressors used are oil lubricated to reduce the wear and tear of the system, but the oil lubrication leads to an increase in exhaust emissions. The oil separators used at near exhaust and the Oil-mist eliminators are used at the exhaust of the compressor or the vacuum pump to reduce the aerosol content in the exhaust emissions. The majority of the studies have been focused on using empirically derived expressions to predict macro-scale properties which do not reflect the complete picture of the flow physics in the filtration product. Hence, it is critical to use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to study and understand the flow field, pressure drop and capture efficiency of the filtration product.

Essential criteria: A first class degree or equivalent and hold a Master level qualification in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering discipline. Knowledge in fluid mechanics/ Aerodynamics, CFD, C++, Matlab and image processing will be considered when selecting the candidate.

Funding information: The studentship will cover tuition fees of £7,290 (the current Home fee) and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £14,296 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. There is also an allowance of £1,000 per year to cover training.

If you are an International student you should note that only the current UK Home fee is covered by the award. International fees are £13,650 per annum and you would be expected to make up the difference of £6,360 per annum from your own funds.

The appointed student will be expected to spend approximately 50% of their time at PSI Global in Stockton on Tees

We welcome applications until the closing date of 22nd September 2017, with a proposed start date of October 2017.

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For academic enquiries please contact Dr Faik Hamad F.Hamad@tees.ac.uk or Lloyd Cochrane lloydc@PSIGlobal.co.uk

Fees Only Studentships

These are partially funded research opportuniities which are offered on a competitive basis and cover all fees associated with PhD study. The studentships are reviewed and renewed annually subject to suitable progress. Applications are welcome from strong UK, EU and international students. International candidates will be required to obtain the appropriate UK study visa. Currently advertised opportunities can be found here

Graduate Tutors

These are salaried positions (£21,220 per annum plus all fees) full-time for four years (2 years fixed term contract with an additional 2 year extension dependent on academic progress). These positions provide a unique opportunity to establish an academic career, combining both a PhD project and an opportunity to gain experience of supporting and contributing to university teaching, mentored by an experienced member of academic staff and working towards fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. These posts are intended to be our internal pathway for developing the next generation of research active academic staff in key areas of the university.

When available, Graduate Tutor vacancies are advertised via our Human Resources vacancies webpages. As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a proposal based on the project they wish to be considered for.

University Research Studentships

These are fully funded research opportunities which are offered on a competitive basis, and which cover all fees associated with PhD study, together with a stipend (currently £15,000 per annum tax free, unless stated otherwise) to cover living expenses for three years. The studentships are reviewed and renewed annually subject to suitable progress. There may be some limited opportunities to undertake some part-time demonstrating or teaching on a paid basis.

Applications are welcome from strong UK, EU and international students. International candidates will be required to obtain the appropriate UK study visa.

When available, studentship opportunities are advertised via our webpages. As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a proposal based on the project they wish to be considered for.

For matters relating to admissions contact:
T: 01642 384438 | E: PGRAdmissions@tees.ac.uk