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Be part of research that changes the world

Be part of research that changes the world

Our diverse research shares one common thread – the desire to make a valuable difference in the world.

That’s why 78 per cent of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent for impact in the last research assessment exercise. At Portsmouth, you’ll be supervised by people at the forefront of their disciplines. They’ll inspire you to innovate and solve problems that matter.

Harry's story

While studying for his PhD in Biological Sciences at Portsmouth, Harry Austin is helping to tackle the world’s plastic pollution problem. Plastic takes centuries to degrade in the environment. But Harry is part of an international team which discovered an enzyme that can break it down significantly faster.

Be part of research that changes the world

He is co-lead author of a ground-breaking research paper, alongside Professor John McGeehan. Now Harry is characterising the new enzyme, so it can be engineered. He explains, “The aim is to get it to work faster and last longer. This research gives the potential to make any plastic 100 per cent recyclable.”

Be part of research that changes the world

Serena's story

Civil Engineering PhD student, Serena Cunsulo is one of a number of engineers from across the UK all working on exciting projects that make a positive difference to the world. She was part of the Ocean Cleanup team, which is providing vital evidence about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located halfway between Hawaii and California and the largest accumulation zone for ocean plastics on Earth. She is now looking at how plastics can be prevented from entering our rivers and oceans.

Join an exceptional research community

Being ranked in the Top 25 per cent of universities for postgraduate research student experience (PRES Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2017), there’s no better time to join us. And we’re also offering fully-funded studentships for full-time PhD programmes starting in October 2019 across a range of subject areas.

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