The Graduate School

Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships

The University welcomes applicants who wish to study for a PhD research degree in any of the following subject areas. In addition, there are specific projects on offer whose details can be found below.

There are no specific projects for Business Studies, Hospitality and Tourism or Healthcare. However, applicants can submit a proposal in any of the listed subject areas to

Business Studies

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business and Management

Computing and Engineering

  • Built Environment
  • Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Computer Networking and Distributed Systems
  • Computing Interaction Design, Usability and Global Software
  • Cybersecurity
  • Fibre Optics and Electronic Engineering
  • Geotechnics and Soil Engineering
  • Applications of Non-destructive Testing Methods and GPR
  • Health Monitoring of Structure
  • Hydraulics and Water Engineering
  • Big data and Image Processing
  • Information Security
  • Materials and Concrete Technology
  • Software Engineering

See the complete list of Computer and Engineering PhD scholarships

Media, Film and Design

  • Adaptation Studies, Film Studies, Genre Studies, Popular Fiction
  • Filmmaking, Film Theory, Screen Studies, Gallery and Museum Studies
  • Media Arts, Media History, Media Studies

See the complete list of Media, Film and Design PhD scholarships


  • Ageing
  • Dementia Care
  • Healthcare Policy and Management
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Mental Health
  • Social Policy

Hospitality and Tourism

  • Airline and Airport Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Reputation, Risk, Relationship and Revenue Management
  • Tourism

Human and Social Sciences

  • Education (including Higher Education studies)
  • Forensics
  • Psychology

See the complete list of Human and Social Sciences PhD scholarships

Law and Criminology

  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Social Policy and Social Justice

See the complete list of Law and Criminology PhD scholarships


  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music/Audio Technology
  • Record Production

See the complete list of Music PhD scholarships

PhD scholars will register as full-time PhD students and work on their PhD project within the relevant School/College.

PhD scholars will also undertake teaching duties for a maximum of six hours per week. All scholarships will be for a period of three years (subject to satisfactory performance and academic progress).

These PhD scholarships are open to all UK/EU students who qualify and include:

  • PhD fee waiver at the Home/EU rate
  • Tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum.

PhD scholars are members of the Graduate School and will register within the relevant school or college. Find out more about the university's eight academic schools.

How to apply

You can find out about the entry requirements and how to apply for a scholarship at:

The application period has now closed.

Interviews will take place during week commencing Monday 7 January 2019. Please note that the university expects shortlisted applicants to attend face to face interviews.

The scholarships will commence in January 2019.

Terms and conditions

Beneficiaries of these scholarships will be engaged on a programme of full-time study and are not expected to undertake paid work for the duration of their course. The stipend will support students towards their accommodation and living costs, and towards any peripheral costs incurred in the course of their study. Regular reports on progress will be expected.