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Research Graduate School : Faculty of Life & Health Sciences

The Research Graduate School has many opportunities for postgraduate students, take a look below to see the choices that are available.

PhD Opportunities

Current PhD opportunities are open in the following areas:

Applications close 24 February 2017

Applications have now closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017/18 annual PhD competition. The competition will reopen at the end of the year.


Applications are invited for the Faculty of Life & Health Sciences MRes programme (full-time or part-time) for October 2017 entry.

Students take advanced modules (including research methods) in their discipline, modules in scholarship skills and project preparation, and complete the research project under supervision.

This masters course prepares students to enter PhD programmes.

Applicants should select one (or more) of the advertised projects in:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Geography/Environmental Science

Applicants should contact the named supervisors for more details of the project they are interested in before they complete the University’s on-line application form.

Detailed information on funding opportunities is also available.

About the Research Graduate School

The aims of the Research Graduate School are to facilitate and enhance the training of research students within the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, to support the formal monitoring and management of their progress, and to improve the quality of research training provision going forward.

The School also aims to enhance research excellence and volume by increasing PhD student numbers, and to champion issues related to postgraduate education.

The Faculty is based on three of the University’s four major campuses, namely Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee. It has approximately 250 academic staff, 100 research staff, 350 research students and an overall total of 3000 full-time student equivalents. Further significant expansion is planned over the next 5 years.

The major research and teaching strengths of the Faculty are in the environmental, life and health sciences, psychology and biomedical fields, and there are close collaborative links with industry, agriculture, the health service, government agencies, charitable bodies and the professions. Research is well supported by grants from the Research Councils, European Commission, industry and other sources.

The School therefore has responsibility for all aspects of graduate student education and training from first application through to final examination.

Contact us

If you you have any queries please contact our Head of School Professor David Hassan or our Clerical Officer Mrs Stephanie Hunter.