Abertay offers a range of funded PhD and Masters projects for enthusiastic and ambitious candidates who are interested in pursuing a research degree at Abertay University.
Funded PhD and Research Masters projects are available to students who hold (or expect to gain) either a First Class Honours degree, an Upper Second Class Honours degree or a Masters qualification.
The studentships described below are divided into three categories:
Closed – These studentships are now closed for applications, however, you may be interested in seeing the topics we have funded previously.
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This project will be based at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie and the appointed student will registered at Abertay University as the degree awarding institution.
This four-year PhD studentship is fully funded by the BARIToNE Collaborative Training Partnership and offered (from Oct. 2022) by Abertay University, Glenmorangie Distillers, and the James Hutton Institute.
The project aims to identify approaches to reduce the carbon (C) footprint of cereal (barley) production as a model crop species in-line with net-zero targets. Agriculture is a significant contributor to UK and global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and Scotland has committed to reach net-zero C-emissions by 2045. While crop research trials have identified potential approaches to reduce barley C-footprint for distilling, these have not been critically examined.
Candidates should have a high-class Honours degree (equivalent to 2:1 or above) and/or an excellent postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject. The project benefits from a highly experienced supervisory team, including: Profs Graeme Walker and Daniel Gilmour, Abertay University; Gillian Macdonald and Peter Nelson, Glenmorangie; and, Drs Pietro Iannetta and Colm Duffy, James Hutton Institute. Before applying, we recommend contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, providing a CV and explaining why this project is of interest to you.
How to Apply: Please visit the main BARIToNE programme page for more details
PhD Studentship: R-LINCS2 funded. The Studentship is available for a February or June 2023 start.
A PhD studentship that comprises tax-free stipend of £17000 (increasing in line with UKRI per annum) per year over 3.5 years, student 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.
Interviews are likely to be online in 14.11.2022.
Project Description: There is an ever-increasing demand for immersive xR (mixed reality) applications across many sectors – sport, retail, gaming and healthcare. To date these applications are designed for in-door applications. This is due to xR technology requiring high computation and bandwidth to transfer data required for immersion. 5G technology can address these issues providing the required processing and bandwidth to users on the go and outdoors. The convergence of 5G and xR is in its infancy - this studentship will develop a technical pipeline which can be applied in new contexts and will seed new collaborations and research opportunities.
Key project phases:
It is anticipated that the output of this research be widespread and with significant outreach opportunities which could lead to improved interventions for encouraging gender equality across subjects and careers. The project would also involve engaging with our industrial advisory board to keep abreast of the latest products and technologies that could support and enhance this project. This aspect of the studentship will provide excellent experience beyond Abertay for the student as well as increasing the impact of the research. The theoretical underpinning and novelty of the research will contribute to the academic fields of 5G, edge computing, XR, multi-user experiences, immersive technologies and the metaverse. Research findings would be published at both academic and public audiences, building both theoretical and practical advances with real-world impact.
A related Masters-level qualification is desirable, but not essential. Otherwise you must have, or expect to obtain, a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree in a discipline relevant to the studentship you are applying for.
We accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
For candidates whose first language is not English or your undergraduate/Master’s degree was not awarded from a University from a UKVI designated English Speaking country, you are required to show evidence of one of the following qualifications:
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
All available studentships are listed on the Abertay Jobs page, as well as FindAPhD.com. The individual listings will specify the steps you need to follow. We only accept online applications submitted via the Abertay Jobs portal.
Every single studentship will have its own specific requirements. Make sure you read them carefully.
Learn more about our Postgraduate Research application process, and explore the available funding options.
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