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Funding Opportunities

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study; applicants deemed by Senate to hold an equivalent qualification will also be considered.

All applicants should also hold a relevant English language qualification.  All applications for studentships will be considered on a competitive basis and with regard to the applicant’s qualifications, skills, experience and interests.

Applicants should be aware that the competition for funded entry is very high. It is important that all parts of the application process are completed in accordance with instructions.  All applicants are advised to discuss their application with the staff noted within the project description prior to submission.

Applicants should note that disclosure of disability or personal circumstances should be made as part of the application process or as soon as possible thereafter in order to facilitate any necessary accommodation.


Closing Date


College of Optometrists PhD studentships in Vision Science 11 Aug 17 Dr J Little

CENTRE FOR PERSONALISED MEDICINE - Clinical Decision Making & Patient Safety Studentships - INTERREG VA Programme

14 Aug 17 Prof T Bjourson
PhD studentships in Advanced Materials for Additive Manufacturing 18 Aug 17 Prof E Harkin-Jones
PhD studentships in Machine Learning of Big Data to Discover Mental Health Behaviour Patterns 18 Aug 17 Prof M Mulvenna
PhD studentships in Big Data for MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of Data, Analytics and Services) 25 Aug 17 Dr M Black
Engineering Research Institute DfE funded PhD opportunities 25 Aug 17  

Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship in collaboration with Ulster University and Clinisent

28 Aug 17

Prof M Sinclair

Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship in Fuel Poverty

31 Aug 17

Prof S McGreal

Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship in Real-Time Energy Storage Capacity Determination

8 Sept 17

Prof N Hewitt

PhD studentships in Additive Manufacturing Engineering of Metal Alloys - INTERREG VA Programme 15 Sept 17

Dr S McFadden

Dr J P Quinn

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Want to study on a self-funded basis?  Or have a private sponsor?

If you plan to self-fund your studies or have a sponsor who will fund your research study, you may apply at any point in the year – just download the research prospectus to find out more about project areas which we are able to support at Ulster.

Annual Studentship Competition

Our Annual Studentship Competition runs from December to February each year.  If you applied for our competition this year please see the timetable and project pages below:

Interviews by Faculties    March/April 2017
Letters sent to applicants    May/June/July/August 2017            
Studentships commence   September 2017

The advertised projects can be found on the Faculty Webpages:

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Art Design & the Built Environment

Faculty of Computing & Engineering

Faculty of Life & Health Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Ulster University Business School