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Faculty of Computing and Engineering PhD opportunities

PhD Scholarships in Ulster University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Research at Ulster University

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.

We are proud that Ulster was ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2021 UK Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

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Architecture, Built Environment and Planning research activities cover a wide range of research areas, including renewable energy technologies, sustainable design, net-zero carbon building, fire safety of buildings and materials, the safety of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, the resilience of infrastructure, urban regeneration, housing and real estate, digital construction, construction materials and highway engineering delivered through six 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)
  • the Architecture Research Group (ARG)

Computer Science and Informatics research explores advancements in intelligent systems, neurotechnology, computational neuroscience, machine learning, augmented hybrid intelligence, semantic analytics, smart human-machine systems and digital health through four Research Centres:

  • the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC)
  • the Cognitive Analytics Research Lab (CARL)
  • the Artificial Intelligence Research Centre (AIRC)
  • the Pervasive Computing Research Centre (PCRC)

Engineering research focuses on both applied and theoretical research across several themes that encompass topics that include nanotechnology, clean technology, biomaterial and tissue engineering, engineering composites, advanced manufacturing and digital health technologies. This research is underpinned by a significant portfolio of funded projects and conducted in two main centres:

  • the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) and
  • the Centre for Advanced Future Materials and Manufacturing (AFMM).
Faculty of Computing and Engineering PhD opportunities

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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).

Scholarships will cover fees for three years, an annual non-taxable maintenance grant of approx. £15,600 and a Research Training and Support Grant worth £900 per year.

Ulster’s PhD Scholarship Competition for entry in September 2022 is now open.
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The deadline for applications and all supplemental documents for PhDs in Computing, Intelligent Systems and Engineering is 4.00pm on 7 February 2022.

The deadline for applications and all supplemental documents for PhDs in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning is 4.00pm on 28 February 2022.

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.

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 are not a self-funded/private sponsor research applicant.

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 arrangements can be made.

Further Information

Applications for admission on a self-funded or externally funded basis, both part-time and full-time, are also welcome at any time throughout the year.

Please contact the Ulster Doctoral College if you have any queries about PhD study at:

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