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 based on research power, with 72% of our research activity having been judged to be world-leading and internationally excellent.
In the 2019 UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), Ulster was ranked 3rd in the UK for PhD research culture and 8th in the UK for PhD researcher satisfaction.
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.
PhD supervision is available within the following internationally excellent research areas: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning; Computer Science and Informatics; and Engineering.
Architecture, Built Environment and Planning research is conducted through 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); the Studies Allied to the Built Environment Research Centre (SABER) and the Architecture Research Group (ARG).
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.
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 Research Centres: the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) and the Engineering Composites Research Centre (ECRE).
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 (CEBE).
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 with project supervisors prior to submission. Contact details are provided within the 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 fully funded scholarship.
You should inform the University in your application, or as soon as possible thereafter, of any disability or personal circumstances that should be taken into account so that 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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