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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: 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: 1st August 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: 1st August 2022


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PhD: Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Multiple Myeloma 

Bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are regarded as important drivers of multiple myeloma pathobiology. However, so far it remains undefined how MSCs cause changes in bone marrow immune cell populations and thereby contribute to disease progression.

In this project you will study mesenchymal stromal cells from patients with different disease stages. We are looking for a candidate with a background in biomedical science and cancer biology, or a related subject such as immunology.

Based in: School of Life Sciences.

Deadline: 15th August 2022.


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PhD: Targeted protein degradation gene therapies for neurodegenerative disease

This project aims to create new gene therapies to prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis among other hard to treat diseases.

Enthusiastic scientists who have or expect to gain a Masters degree or first/high 2.1 BSc in bioscience subjects are encouraged to apply.

Based in: School of Life Sciences.

Deadline: Until the position has been recruited to.


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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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