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Postgraduate Research

The School provides excellent postgraduate research opportunities, based on the expertise of its staff and state of the art facilities, combined with a student-centred supportive and nurturing environment. Students receive training in transferrable employability skills through our Postgraduate Centre, along with advanced research skills training. This enables our students to fully achieve their research and career aspirations.

As a PhD student you will pursue specialised, ground-breaking investigations, supported by your supervisor, who will be a leading expert in the field. You will have access to local government, schools and hospitals that can facilitate your work and will benefit from the results of your research.

You will be able to apply for funding for conference attendance and international exchanges, to enrich your PhD experience and develop personal networks and collaborations with researchers in other leading universities. Our cohesive and supportive community of more than 50 PhD students runs a peer-mentoring programme and also organises its own annual conference with invited external speakers. Our PhD students are an integral part of our seminar programme and research cluster meetings, and it is expected that new students will contribute to this research culture.

Update - New PhD Studentship in collaboration with Blind Children UK starting September 2015

12th August 2015: An new funded PhD studentship is now available, Improving Movement Skills of Visually-Impaired Children Using Interactive Sounds supervised by Dr Matthew Rodger. The closing date for applications for this PhD Studentship is 11th September 2015.

PhD Opportunities

This year the School is pleased to announce that we have funding for PhD places starting in September 2015 and we now invite applications from suitably qualified candidates.

Please see the following pages for information on the funded topics and the application process:

Key Dates

Closing date for applications for a funded full-time place will be Friday 6th February 2015, unless specified. Applications will be considered after this time but grants may have been allocated.

Interviews will be held from the 19th-24th February 2015 and decisions will be communicated as soon as possible afterwards.

These pages below provide more general information on:

Further Information

If you need further information please contact the Schools Postgraduate Tutor, Dr Aidan Feeney: