Postgraduate research studentships

Do you need funding for a research degree? 

We offer a wide variety of studentships throughout the year – simply take a look at the projects below to see which ones you'd like to apply for. Please check the advert carefully to ensure you are eligible and what funding and support are available.

Please see our University Research Studentship guidelines for information on our recruitment and admissions processes, as well as policy for studentship holders.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc/MPhil/PhD studentship – The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) 

Project title: Human geography

Closing date: 29 January 2019

Start date: 1 October 2019 

Mode of attendance: Full time

Further information on this studentship and how to apply

MPhil/PhD studentships in School of Biological and Marine Sciences

Project title: Investigating the distribution and diversity of mesophotic reefs in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT)

Closing date: 8 February 2019, 12 noon (UK time).

Start date: 1 April 2019

Further information on this studentship and how to apply.

Project title: Oceanographic drivers of ecosystem variability in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).

Closing date: 8 February 2019, 12 noon (UK time).

Start date: 1 April 2019

Further information on this studentship and how to apply.


Project title: The numerical modelling of small scale ocean processes by integrating deterministic and artificial intelligence techniques.

Closing date: 22 February 2019, 12 noon (UK time).

Start date: 1 April 2019

Further information on this studentship and how to apply.


MPhil/PhD studentship in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Closing date: 28 January 2019, 12.00 Noon (UK time).

Start date: 1 April 2019

Further information regarding the available projects can be found below.

Evaluating risks to marine life of toxins in marine plastics using a novel in vitro Dietary Adapted Physiologically Based Extraction Test (DAPBET) method.

Historic and prehistoric volcanic activity at St Kitts and Nevis, West Indies – controls on future hazards.

Impacts of Natural Flood Management measures on river sediment, channel morphology and aquatic habitat.

Production of volatile nitrogen by marine algae: global implications of a changing nutrient balance.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities 

There are no postgraduate research studentships available in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at this time. Please do check back regularly for future opportunities.

Faculty of Business 

There are no postgraduate research studentships available in the Faculty of Business at this time. Please do check back regularly for future opportunities.

Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

MSc/MPhil/PhD studentship – The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)

Project title: Psychology 

Closing date: 29 January 2019

Start date: 1 October 2019 

Mode of attendance: Full time

Further information on this studentship and how to apply

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 

MPhil/PhD studentship - BRACE funded

Project title: Neurotrophic signalling to protect neurons in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)

Closing date: 17 February 2019

Start date: 1 April 2019

Mode of attendance: Full time

Further information on this studentship and how to apply


If you are interested in self-funding your research degree or bringing funding from a sponsor, browse our self-funded projects to see what type of research we do in our Faculty or apply directly for one of the available projects.

Postgraduate research degrees

Find out more about the research degrees we offer, our areas of expertise and supervision, details of tuition fees and loans, and how to apply.

You will join a vibrant, supportive and forward-thinking community, that is committed to meeting global challenges in creative and imaginative ways.

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