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Are you looking for a postgraduate research opportunity?

We offer a wide variety of studentships and other research opportunities throughout the year. As a research student, you'll work with at least one academic supervisor and be given research training to help you gain skills in research methodology. Please check the information on each studentship carefully before applying.

Sociology and economics studentships

We currently have three research opportunities in the areas of sociology and economics. These projects, detailed below, are studentships linked with the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSOC), which is hosted at our Institute for Social and Economic Reseach at our Colchester Campus. Learn more about this ESRC Research Centre here.

Young people’s social skills

This opportunity focuses on investigating how social skills are produced, how they relate to observed outcomes and how they mediate other behaviours and outcomes.

Supervisors: Professor Sonia Bhalotra and Dr Birgitta Rabe

Closing date for applications: 18 January 2021

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Skill acquisition during Higher Education

This opportunity will allow you to consider and research whether a university degree provides the skills required by a rapidly changing labour market. 

Supervisors: Professor Emilia Del Bono and Dr Angus Holford

Closing date for applications: 18 January 2021

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Local immigrant integration

This opportunity enables you to study immigrant integration among the foreign-born and/or the second and subsequent generations, examining community as well as individual- and family-level determinants of integration.

Supervisor: Dr Renee Reichl Luthra

Closing date for applications: 18 January 2021

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Faculty of Science and Health studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Science and Health may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages.

Please read the adverts carefully as different projects may have different types of funding available.

Robot Skill Acquisition and Shared Autonomy

This project aims to develop compute- and data-efficient imitation learning techniques for Robotic Autonomous Systems, allowing robots to enter environments that are hazardous to humans and complete complex tasks.

Lead department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Closing date: 20th January 2021


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Bridging Simulation to Reality Gap in Robotics

This project will aim to provide a comprehensive set of techniques for supervised and unsupervised domain adaptation of pretrained robotic agents in new environments. The research will have significant impact in accelerating the reduction of the exposure of personnel to hazardous environments, enhancing defect detection accuracy and reliability of safety-critical assets in inspection and maintenance industry.

Lead department: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Closing date: 20th January 2021


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Doctoral Training Partnerships

Our Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) offer you skills training and funding for your postgraduate research. Join one of our DTPs and you'll work alongside leading academics in your subject.

Learn about DTPs