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School of Engineering & Physical Sciences – Fully funded PhD studentships available

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences – Fully funded PhD studentships available

The School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University is now advertising fully funded Scholarships for 2020. There are a number of scholarships available which offer funding from between 3 and 3.5 years at an average stipend rate of £15,000 per year.

Heriot Watt University

We are a world-class, research-led university with a drive to create and apply knowledge for economic and societal benefit.

The REF 2014 assessed Heriot-Watt top in Scotland and 9th university in the UK for research impact, with 82% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our pioneering research is driven by leaders in their field, our global pioneers in research and innovation who are crossing frontiers in addressing global challenges.

The School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences was created in August 2002 and we currently have 400 postgraduate research students. The school embraces the disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering & Bioscience.

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences – Fully funded PhD studentships available

Our expertise

Built on a strong foundation of core strengths in each of these areas, we have the expertise to tackle a wide range of challenging and important problems ranging from the truly fundamental to the fully applied and to provide high-level, specialised training to satisfy the needs of modern industry. The School enjoys an international reputation for its research and its close connection with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology, reflecting the importance that the University attaches to the quality of its teaching, research and student support.

Postgraduate Research

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences is active in a wide range of research areas, supported by strong external funding. These provide many opportunities for your imagination to be stimulated, whether you are interested in fundamental questions or applying your knowledge to real-life problems.

Research Institutes

  • Institute of Chemical Sciences
  • Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering
  • Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems
  • Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering
  • Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences

How to Apply

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MEng, MSci or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype).

Synopses of the projects available, web pages and email addresses of supervisors from whom further details are available, and information on how to apply can all be found at New projects are being added all the time. For questions about the application process, please contact [email protected].

Closing Date:

28th February 2020. All successful candidates must commence studies by September/October 2020

Available projects

2D material enhanced nonlinear integrated photonics (EPS2020/19)Details
3D laser beam shapingDetails
A Scalable and Coherent Semiconductor Spin-Photon Interface (EPS2020/28)Details
Advanced RF device technologies for global wireless networks (EPS2020/38)Details
Approximate Bayesian methods for large scale imaging problems (EPS2020/41)Details
Bio-inspired quantum-enhanced light harvesting (EPS2020/22)Details
Biorefining of seafood processing waste (EPS2020/46)Details
Classical Force Fields to Model Solid-State Molecular Organometallic ChemistryDetails
Compact polarization imaging system (EPS2020/23)Details
Compressible Turbulence Models from Transformed Navier-Stokes Equation Perspectives (EPS2020/49)Details
Computational imaging: Multi-Sensors Fusion for High Resolution 3D Lidar videos (EPS2020/40)Details
Computational Photochemical Dynamics of Light Driven ProcessesDetails
Crumbling reefs: Simulation based monitoring of coral reefs (EPS2020/31)Details
Design and Fabrication of an In-line Hemolysis Sensor For the Quality Control of Clinical Blood Samples (EPS2020/09)Details
Design of multifunctional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)-based materials for carbon capture and photocatalytic conversion (EPS2020/51)Details
Developing new concepts and novel optical devices (EPS2020/25)Details
Developing streamlined approaches to assessing the systemic and hepatic effects of nanomaterials (EPS2020/08)Details
Development of catalytic membrane microreactors for biorefining (EPS2020/33)Details
Dynamic wavefront engineering via epsilon-near-zero nonlinearities (EPS2020/20)Details
Flat Optics for System Integration (EPS2020/24)Details
Flow in porous media (EPS2020/48)Details
FLuoroAromatic-Thiol Tags (FLA-SH Tags) as probes to understand protein folding, interactions and dynamicsDetails
Free-space quantum communication technology (EPS2020/26)Details
Functional nanoparticles for plant systems (EPS2020/37)Details
Information Extraction from Scientific Texts to support Nature-Inspired Engineering (EPS2020/39)Details
Integrated Safety Compliant Edge Robotics (ISCER) (EPS2020/42)Details
Machine Learning Solutions for Intelligent Reflecting Surface-Aided Secure Communications (EPS2020/45)Details
Magnetic molecular imprinted polymers (MMIP) for detecting biohazard pollutants (EPS2020/35)Details
Mechanisms and applications of collisions at liquid surfacesDetails
Metastable inorganic materials for energy applicationsDetails
Microfluidics for cellular therapy manufacturing (EPS2020/07)Details
Model development and simulation of novel processes for CO2 direct air capture from the atmosphere (EPS2020/32)Details
Modelling growth, deposition and breakage of dynamic particle structures (EPS2020/52)Details
Multi-mode sensors for monitoring physical changes in tissue as an indicator of biological conditions (EPS2020/29)Details
MyFemur: Multiscale modelling from clinical image to personalised model to manufacture (EPS2020/30)Details
Nature Inspired Surgical Tools (EPS2020/44)Details
Next Generation Components for Quantum Communications (EPS2020/17)Details
Next generation nonlinear optics in gas-filled hollow-core fibres (EPS2020/15)Details
Optimising protocols for quantum-enhanced spin-based magnetometry (EPS2020/21)Details
Optimization of Ultra-fast Laser Based Production ProcessesDetails
Personalised Intelligent Mobile Emergency Response through Crowd Shaping – helping people helping themselves and each other (EPS2020/34)Details
PhD in experimental quantum networking (EPS2020/14)Details
Photoelectron Circular Dichroism as a Chiral ProbeDetails
Polymer-based co-delivery agent for antibiotics (EPS2020/36)Details
Process-informed design of materials for carbon capture (EPS2020/50)Details
Quantum‑Enhanced Imaging (EPS2020/16)Details
Semiconductor Single‑Photon Detection in the Short-Wave Infrared (EPS2020/18)Details
Shining Light on Historic Artwork using Mid-Infrared Imaging and SpectroscopyDetails
Single-photon nonlinearities in microstructured waveguides (EPS2020/13)Details
Smart Local Energy Systems (EPS2020/47)Details
Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES) (EPS2020/43)Details
Stereodynamics of Molecular CollisionsDetails
Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy using Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal FibresDetails
Twisted Quantum Heterostructures (EPS2020/27)Details
Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy of Photosensitizers in Photodynamic TherapyDetails
Understanding Elastomer Behaviour in the Development of Performance TiresDetails
Velocity Map Imaging Study of Atmospherically Relevant Gas Liquid ReactionsDetails
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences – Fully funded PhD studentships available

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