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Research Degree Studentships

There are three routes to finance postgraduate research study (MbR, MPhil, PhD) at Abertay University. Please click on the appropriate link for further information and details on how to apply through that route:

Funded Studentships

Scholarships and funded studentships may be open for application. See below for further details and availability:

Abertay R-LINCS PhD Studentships

Abertay offers a number of fully funded studentships to exceptional graduates from around the world. These studentships offer an RCUK-equivalent stipend (approx. £14,296 for studies starting February 2017) and registration fees.

Successful candidates will contribute to R-LINCS (Research-Led Innovation Nodes for Contemporary Society); Abertay’s single university-wide research and knowledge exchange initiative. R-LINCS is designed to capitalise on Abertay’s experience and strengths in developing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary solutions to address societal challenges (Research Strategy).

Funded studentship titles

The following studentships are available, and details of open calls will be advertised on Abertay’s pages and candidates must apply via this route. Shortlisted candidates for a funded studentship will typically be asked for interview at Abertay University, and will receive a decision shortly after these have been conducted

  • CLOSED - MPhil Research Studentship, 2 years: Project Title: Games and Media Facilitated e-Learning 

Abertay University’s Graduate School is offering a new MPhil studentship, funded by and in collaboration with Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, to explore the use of computer games techniques and technologies in the promotion of e-Learning innovation in the development and assessment of skills and good practice in the safe handling of blood. 

Applications are sought from a graduate in social sciences, psychology, education or games production management (or cognate subjects). The studentship offers opportunities to work with and lead applied game design projects, and to examine the principles and practice of using computer games and interactive media in e-Learning contexts. 

The award comprises a tax-free stipend of £11,000 a year, tuition fees paid and a generous study package, e.g., travel budget and training when appropriate. The stipend rises to £11,500 for the second year subject to satisfactory progress. The pan-University Graduate School offers an integrated training programme to the postgraduate community within a single centre, serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers.

Further details are available on Abertay's Job pages: here

  • CLOSED - Masters by Research Studentship, 1 year: Project Title: Developing a successful new food product development, tool linking effective testing (using facial electromyography) with sensory attribute selection: a Masters study

Abertay University’s Graduate School is fully-funding new Masters studentship, which comprises a tax-free stipend of £14,296 a year, tuition fees paid and a generous study package, e.g. limited research consumables, travel budget and training when appropriate. The pan-University Graduate School offers an integrated training programme to the postgraduate community within a single centre, serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers. 

Project description: Despite the increase in general knowledge about how to select a healthy diet, some people still consistently do not make healthy food choices. This has a potential impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in environments where food is abundant. In addition, the food industry has high failure rate in terms of new health food product launches. Understanding the relationship between how people rate foods in terms of their sensory characteristics and how these ratings relate to "liking" is a key part of optimising the new product development process. As of yet no formal technique has been developed and validated which can reliably predict this relationship. A new area measuring facial muscular activity as measured by electromyography combined with affective testing, have shown initially some very promising results. This Masters project will uniquely combine real-time eating physiological measures of subjects whilst observing simultaneously sensory and facial responses to understand the cognitive processes in how we evaluate our foods during the eating process.


Further details are available on Abertay's Job pages: here 


  • CLOSED - PhD Research Studentship (3 years): Project Title: A generic framework for atmospheric fluid-aerosol modelling with applications in astrophysics, computer games and environment

    Abertay University’s Graduate School is fully-funding new doctoral studentships valued at around £74,000 each (this comprises tax-free stipend of £14296 a year, tuition fees paid and a generous study package, e.g. limited research consumables, travel budget and training when appropriate). The pan-University Graduate School offers an integrated training programme to the postgraduate community within a single centre, serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers. 

    Project description: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a powerful tool for exploring a wide variety of applications ranging from technological to astrophysical. In particular, understanding particle-laden fluid flows through CFD is essential to describing cloud evolution in brown dwarf and exoplanetary (substellar) atmospheres, aerosol and gaseous airborne pollutants in urban environments, and in real-time fluid-aerosol simulations in computer games. 
    Substellar objects are astronomical bodies whose mass is insufficient to sustain fusion and so are failed stars. Their very cool magnetized atmospheres support the formation of dust clouds (and lightning) that can be observed through their association with infrared spectroscopic variability, believed to be caused by patchy clouds (Crossfield et al. 2014, Nature, 505, 654). Understanding such cloud evolution is a significant problem, since it plays a key role in characterizing their observational signature and their place in stellar evolution. At Abertay University we are interested in developing fluid solvers to contribute to our understanding of substellar cloud evolution and inhomogeneous cloud coverage in such electrified and magnetized environments. 
    The PhD student will conduct research into cloud evolution in substellar atmospheres (exoplanets and brown dwarfs) by developing a bespoke fluid-aerosol solver to simulate complex fluid-aerosol flow interactions in electrified and magnetized environments. Therefore, a strong background in mathematics or physics and some programming experience is essential. Furthermore, there is scope for adapting the solver for other applications relevant to Abertay’s interdisciplinary research themes such as game physics engines and terrestrial environments

Further details are available on Abertay's Job pages: here


Previously funded studentships are listed at Studentship Archive.

DUE TO OPEN = Studentships will be advertised shortly.
OPEN = Abertay invites candidates to apply for the studentship advertised on the Jobs page.

Self-Funded/Sponsored Studentships


We are OPEN to accept applications for Sponsored or Self-funded Study

In most cases, a research degree applicant is expected to source their own funding to cover tuition fees and living expenses.  Overseas applicants may wish to contact their local British Council Office who may have a list of scholarships available in their country.

Areas of Research

Abertay welcomes applications for Research Degrees in a range of subject areas and on topics across each of the four Schools (Faculties) of the University. We particularly welcome applications in the following priority areas of expertise:-

School of Arts, Media and Computer Games (AMCG)

  • Computer Games Technology
  • Game Design
  • Game studies
  • History of games and digital media
  • Interactive Data Systems
  • Interactive/Locative & Game Art
  • Interaction & Sound Production
  • Play and Experience Design
  • Applied Mathematical Modelling
  • Astrophysical Plasma Modelling
  • Contemporary Composition, Improvisation and Performance
  • Interactive Music Systems
  • New Instruments for Musical Expression
  • Relationships between Instrument and Game Design
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity and Hacking
  • Digital Forensics
  • Concurrency and Parallelism
  • Complex Systems
  • Anthropomorphic digital agents and the human experience
  • Human Computer Interaction & Interaction Design
  • Secure Software Engineering


Dundee Business School (DBS)

  • Business Strategy
  • Enterprise renewal
  • SME inception and growth
  • Environmental performance and disclosure
  • Regional innovation systems
  • Real estate economics
  • Venture capital and private equity
  • Innovation and intellectual property
  • Money laundering and transnational crime
  • Data security
  • Supply chains and human trafficking
  • EU internal security strategy
  • Work-family employment rights
  • Oil and Gas Accounting & Finance
  • Energy and Carbon Accounting
  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Human Asset Valuation
  • Organisational Performance Measurement
  • International Financial Accounting
  • International HRM
  • Human Resource Management and employer relations
  • Changing trends in the contemporary workplace: International business and managing change
  • Retail and branding
  • Entrepreneurship and business creation


School of Science, Engineering & Technology (SET)

  • Forensic Sciences – Finger Printing, Food Printing, Chemical Printing, Image and Data Visualisation
  • Microbiology – Fermentation, Antimicrobials, Adaptation, Biofilm, Spoilage, Biofuels, Biogas
  • Food Science – Nutraceuticals, Preservation, Processing, Quality, Value, and Safety
  • Applied Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Medical Biotechnology – Cancer, Disease Therapeutics, Fertility, Genetics Neural plasticity, Image and Data Visualisation, and Systems modelling.
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Engineering, Management and Sustainability
  • Water and Energy Resources and Management


School of Social & Health Sciences (SHS)

  • Applied psychology related to police and security issues
  • Language Processing and Language Learning
  • Evolutionary Psychology and Biological Basis of Behaviour
  • Vision Science and its applications
  • Sociology of sport
  • Exercise, Weight Loss and Nutritional interventions
  • Exercise, Diet role in preventing cardiovascular disease
  • Physical Activity and Health Outcomes across the lifespan
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Psychological Support for athletes
  • Workplace physical activity interventions
  • Sport Performance and Training Intensities
  • Sports and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Outdoor activity and coaching
  • Risk and protective factor assessment for violence and other adverse outcomes in forensic mental health
  • Attitudes to people with mental illness
  • Firesetting/ arson
  • Outcomes measurement in mental health and recovery
  • Psychological support for people with long term health conditions, particularly sight loss and diabetes
  • Media, Culture and Representation
  • Social Theory, Politics, Power and the State
  • Crime, Risk and Criminalisation
  • Social divisions, Identity, Immigration and Asylum
  • Digital Sociology, Education and Discourse Studies

Applicant Generated Proposals

We accept student generated proposals; however, we strongly advise you to research your topic individually and identify potential supervisors.  This is to ensure that the skills and expertise in your chosen area of research are present in Abertay’s research portfolio.  Please see below for advice on how to find a suitable supervisor.

How to find a potential supervisor

We strongly advise applicants to identify and research the track records of potential supervisors prior to making your application to study on a research degree.

This will ensure that there is appropriate expertise present within Abertay and you will gain an understanding of the prior work of the researcher. You should consider contacting the prospective supervisor to discuss your ideas and the possibility of undertaking a research degree under their supervision; discussion will also help you to tailor your application to Abertay expertise specifically.

You should avoid vague blanket emails to several potential supervisors (these are obvious and will be ignored).


Apply for:

Note**Applications are closed for February 2017 entry, for those who require a Tier 4 Visas

Masters by Research October entry or Masters by Research February entry

MPhil October entry or MPhil February entry

PhD October entry or PhD February entry

Contact us

For more information about how to apply, phone University Admissions on 01382 308476 or email

How to Apply

View the application process for a self funded or sponsored research degree.