We are proud that Ulster’s international reputation for research excellence has received worldwide recognition. International experts have judged Ulster University as being in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research based on research power, and 72% of our research activity is judged to be world-leading and internationally excellent.
In the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES 2019), Ulster was ranked 8th in the UK for PhD researcher satisfaction, and 3rd in the UK for PhD research culture.
The University offers opportunities for doctoral study on both a full-time and part-time basis. Studying for a PhD offers the opportunity to undertake in-depth research in a range of topics at an advanced level.
Ulster’s Built Environment Research conducts internationally excellent and world-leading research across five Research Centres: the Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST); the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT); the Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research Centre (HySAFER); the Centre for Research on Property and Planning (RPP); and the Studies Allied to the Built Environment Research (SABER).
Our Computer Science and Informatics Research explores advancements in intelligent systems, assistive technologies, next generation networks, and semantic analytics through four Research Centres: the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC), the Cognitive Analytics Research Lab (CARL); Artificial Intelligence and Applications; and Pervasive Computing Research.
The University’s Engineering Research focuses on the development of nanotechnology, clean technology, functional biomaterials and tissue engineering, composites, metal forming and connected health technologies within its two world-class Research Centres: the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) and the Engineering Composites Research Centre (ECRE).
PhD supervision is available within all of these areas: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning; Computer Science and Informatics; and Engineering.
The University’s annual PhD Scholarship Competition offers over 100 exciting full-time funded PhD Scholarship opportunities across all subject areas, including those within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
Applicants should hold (or expect to hold) a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Candidates from the UK, EU and overseas are eligible to apply. Please see project descriptions for further details on eligibility.
Competition for funded entry is very high and applications will be considered on the basis of candidates’ qualifications, skills, experience and research interests.
Applicants should discuss their applications prior to submission with project supervisors. Contact details are provided within individual project descriptions.
You do not need to make a separate application for a scholarship. However, please indicate on your application for admission that you do wish to be considered for a scholarship.
You should inform the University of any disability or personal circumstances in your application or soon afterwards so suitable accommodation can be arranged.
Applications for admission on a self-funded, part-time or externally funded basis are also welcome at any time throughout the year.
Please contact the Ulster Doctoral College if you have any queries about PhD study at: [email protected].