PhD Studentships

Postgraduate Research Studentships

There are a number of PhD studentships available for applicants in the UK, EU or International countries who wish to undertake full-time research at Queen's. These 3 year PhD studentships, potentially funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) or Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council commence on 1 October 2018.

In some instances, conditions on awards with eligibility for both fees and maintenance (see individual ads for details or contact the named supervisor for more information) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK resident or those EU residents who have lived permanently in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship. Non UK residents who hold EU residency may also apply but if successful may receive fees only.

We will offer an additional £3000 to the stipend for outstanding applications based on qualifications, experience and performance at interview giving a Tax free studentship of £18,500.  The studentships cover full university fees and include an income comprising a £17,000 stipend and the opportunity to undertake teaching and demonstration duties to earn a further £1,500 per annum (£18,500 total).

Applications should be made electronically through the Queen’s online application portal by clicking here.

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

Further details for each individual project can be found by clicking on the title of the project within the table.  Should you require any additional information, you can also obtain contact details for the lead supervisor by clicking their name in the table below.

Queens University Belfast is a diverse and international institution which is strongly committed to equality, diversity and selection on merit. Currently women are under-represented in research positions in the School and accordingly, applications from women are particularly welcome.



Lead Supervisor 
Uncertainty quantification in modelling damage in composites arising from manufacturing variability Brian Falzon
Robust optimisation for the design of crashworthy composite transportation structures Brian Falzon
Finite Element Modelling for Optimisation of Renewable packaging Gary Menary
Development of carbon and graphene fibres based high performance composites for aerospace applications Mukul Shukla
Development of Additively Manufactured CNT-based High Performance Carbon Composites for Aerospace Applications Mukul Shukla
 Manufacturing automation for Next Gen Bus Adrian Murphy
"Novel Aircraft concepts and their effect upon structural definition" Trevor Robinson
"Rapid design and analysis modelling for complex product design"
Trevor Robinson
"Bioinspired design systems" Mark Price
Simulation of the Advanced Manufacturing of Multi-layer Rotomoulded Structures for the Renewable Energy Sector Peter Martin 
Design and optimisation of bioresorbable scaffolds for the repair and regeneration of natural bone. Krishna Manda
Combining advanced simulation and manufacturing of turbine housings to achieve aerodynamic efficiency gains Stephen Spence
Nutrient Management of Digestate and Slurry combined with Energy Recovery

Beatrice Smyth

Engineering Modelling Methods to Drive the Operation of Cyber Physical Production Systems.

Joe Butterfield

Modelling and development of efficient ventilation strategies to optimise bus passengers’ thermal comfort whilst minimising energy consumption

Marco Geron




























































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