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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.

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.

PhD: Adaptive deep learning for embedded devices

This PhD project will focus on designing adaptive deep learning software and/or hardware for resource-constrained embedded systems.

Candidates should have at least an undergraduate degree in computer science, electronic engineering, or a related subject, as well as strong analytical and mathematical skills and programming skills in C/C++ and/or Python.

Title: Adaptive deep learning for embedded devices

Based in: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Deadline: 18th June 2022


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PhD: NIHR studentship - Mental health theme

The School of Health and Social Care is looking for candidates for a fully funded PhD studentship linked to the Mental Health Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England (EoE). The mental health theme aims to reduce social and health inequalities for people with mental health difficulties, especially in communities with high health needs.

The School is particularly interested in supporting a project which involves secondary data analysis using the Understanding Society dataset based at the Institute of Social and Economic Research within the University of Essex. Candidates should have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, a good knowledge of health or social care, and an interest in mental health research relevant to issues of socio-economic inequality.

Title: NIHR ARC East of England Mental Health theme

Based in: School of Health and Social Care

Deadline: 27th June 2022


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PhD: Validating a simple measure for assessing the health of an individual’s gait

This funded PhD studentships aims to create a ‘gait health’ assessment tool to assess intervention success, fall risk and track pathology progression.

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in sports and exercise science, biomechanics, mathematics, engineering, or computational statistics.

Title: Validating a simple measure for assessing the health of an individual’s gait

Based in: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Mathematical Sciences).

Deadline: 18th July 2022


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PhD: Upscaling therapeutic community gardening as a green social prescription for the treatment of mental ill-health

The proposed interdisciplinary PhD will explore strategies for upscaling therapeutic community gardening as a green social prescription for the treatment of mental ill-health in the UK.

We welcome applications from candidates with a science background, and experience of research design and quantitative and/or qualitative statistical analysis.

Title: Upscaling therapeutic community gardening as a green social prescription for the treatment of mental ill-health

Based in: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Government).

Deadline: 18th July 2022


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MSD: The effects of hyperoxia and hypoxia on muscle force control and neuromuscular performance

The primary aim of this one year Master of Science (by Dissertation) project is manipulate the inspired oxygen using hyperoxia and hypoxia and assess the impact of this on muscle force control at a range of contraction intensities and during neuromuscular fatigue.

Title: The effects of hyperoxia and hypoxia on muscle force control and neuromuscular performance

Based in: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Deadline: 31st July 2022


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MSD: Muscle force control as a predictor of balance

The primary aim of this one year Master of Science (by Dissertation) project is to conduct a series of studies extending this initial observation of a relationships between muscle force complexity and balance.

Title: Muscle force control as a predictor of balance

Based in: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Deadline: 31st July 2022


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MSD: The effect of training status on muscle force control

The purpose of this one year Master of Science (by Dissertation) project is to compare force control in long-term endurance trained, long-term resistance trained and sedentary individuals. This will involve a variety of advanced physiological techniques, including isokinetic dynamometry and electromyography.

Title: The effect of training status on muscle force control

Based in: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Deadline: 31st July 2022


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Faculty of Arts and Humanities studentships

Throughout the year departments in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities may advertise studentships and available projects. More information on supervision and applicant criteria can be found on the individual studentship pages, which will be advertised here when available.

 

Evaluation of Arts Outreach

With Paul Hamlyn Foundation funding, DanceEast are undertaking a major project creating new applications of digital technologies for teaching dance and integrating dance education within primary school curriculum. This PhD studentship will develop innovative evaluation strategies for measuring the social, cultural, and economic impact of this exciting DanceEast project. Through the evaluation of the DanceEast case study, the PhD candidate will develop a new, multimodal framework for the evaluation of arts and cultural programmes more widely. 

Title: Evaluation of Arts Outreach

Based in: East 15 Acting School and Essex Business School.

Deadline: 17 March 2022.

 

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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.

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