Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all studentships and funding opportunities will be advertised on this page as and when they become available.

    • If you are interested in undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes University, visit the Areas of research page to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.
    • The UK Government's Postgraduate Doctoral Loan and Postgraduate Masters Loan schemes are also available to eligible students.
    • For research opportunities that require students to self-fund fees and living costs, visit the Other research degree opportunities page.

    If you are applying for one of the following studentships, you must follow the application guidance detailed at the end of each advert. Do not apply directly via the University's online application system at this stage.

  • There are currently no funded Studentships available.

    The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

    The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme is a 4-year DPhil*/PhD programme that aims to equip a new generation of researchers with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in bioscience research.

    We provide an innovative, individually-tailored training programme that includes taught courses in interdisciplinary skills and the opportunity for students to undertake two exploratory research projects with prospective supervisors in their first year before choosing their main 3-year research project. Students also undertake a 12-week professional internship to gain direct experience of the areas of work into which they can apply their skills.

    Oxford Brookes University are offering a place on the BBSRC funded DTP within the Department of Biological & Medical Sciences in the areas of plant cell biology, virology, insect and spider development, mammalian cell biology, molecular biology, metabolic modelling/systems biology, parasitology and bioimaging. The successful candidate will enjoy access to our state of the art facilities, including newly refurbished laboratories and bioimaging suite.

    In addition to their choice of PhD project at Oxford Brookes University, the student will be able to undertake their exploratory research projects at any of the seven world-class research institutions that make up the DTP:

    • University of Oxford, coordinators of the DTP
    • Oxford Brookes University, a partner with the University of Oxford in developing regional excellence in bioscience research
    • Pirbright Institute, the UK’s national centre of research into viral diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans
    • Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility
    • ISIS, which provides national capabilities for neutron science
    • STFC Central Laser Facility, which provides state-of-the-art laser technology for experiments in physics, chemistry and biology
    • The Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), is a multidisciplinary laboratory specialising in research using Diamond, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility at Harwell
    • The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new national institute dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development.

    The programme is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) with additional support from within the Partnership.

    Please see below for potential supervisors and instructions on how to apply.

    If you wish to apply to the DTP via Oxford Brookes University please complete the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences PhD Research Studentship Application Form.

    Application and CV must be emailed to the address shown on the application form and CC’d to dcarter@brookes.ac.uk

    We have many projects available which can be taken as a short term (3-month) rotation or a full PhD project. The following supervisors are offering exciting projects; for further information click on the link to visit their lab website.

    Alison Forhead           Endocrine regulation during fetal growth

    Alistair McGregor       Evolution of animal development and morphology

    Andy Jones                 Functional studies of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

    Barbara Jennings         Investigating the mechanism of Groucho-mediated repression

    Casper Breuker           Butterfly Ecological Evolutionary Developmental Biology

    Dave Carter                 Extracellular Vesicle biology

    David Meredith          Membrane Transporter function

    Dianne Newbury         The Genetics of Language Disorders

    Hee-Jeon Hong           Microbial genetics and antibiotic resistance

    Isabel Bermudez         Molecular Neuropharmacology

    Jack Sunter                  Understanding cell morphogenesis in Leishmania

    Jon Lees                      Deep Learning for protein function prediction

    Jordi Solana                The use of single-cell RNA-seq to identify stem cells

    Katja Graumann          Nuclear envelope in plants

    Korneel Hens              Next generation technologies for gene regulatory network mapping

    Linda King                  Molecular Virology

    Maike Kittelmann       Synapse formation in neurons

    Maria Santos-Nunes    Phenotypic evolution and adaptation

    Mark Poolman             Cell systems modelling

    Michael Gerth             Evolution of inherited microbial symbionts in insects

    Paul Potter                  Analysing critical factors in mitochondrial complex I assembly

    Ravinder Kanda          The Role of Endogenous Retroviruses in Immunity

    Ryan Pink                   Cell signalling

    Saad Arif                    Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

    Sue Vaughan               Cell Biology of Trypanosomes

    Verena Kriechbaumer Endoplasmic reticulum structure and function

    Deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon on 22nd January 2021

    Eligibility criteria: The studentship covers bench fees, stipend, and ‘Home’ tuition fees only.

    Start date September/October 2021

    Bursary is approximately £15,609 for academic year 2021/22

    Applicants require a good Honours degree level equivalent to a UK degree BSc (minimum 2.1 or higher).

    Any queries please contact: Professor David Carter:dcarter@brookes.ac.uk


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development    

    Alcohol Consumption and Mental Health Literacy in Young People   

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date:  22 January 2021

    Interviews: w/c 8 February 2021

    Start Date:  June 2021 

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15,285)

    University fees and bench fees at the current Home rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Supervisors: Dr Emma Davies, Professor David Foxcroft

    Mental Health Literacy (MHL) includes understanding how to obtain and maintain positive mental health, knowledge of help-seeking options, and decreasing stigma. Higher levels of MHL may be linked to lower levels of mental ill health, and may serve to encourage more healthy coping strategies. However, the field of MHL is currently characterised by “conceptual confusion and methodological inconsistency” (Mansfield et al, 2020, p11) and many interventions to improve MHL lack a theoretical basis, and focus on mental ‘disorder’ rather than mental ‘health’.

     

    This studentship will involve initial scoping research to inform the development of an intervention, which focuses on the potential of improving MHL. This work could start by exploring the relationship between MHL, alcohol consumption and coping strategies. Our research group values co-production and employs systematic frameworks in intervention development.      

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given.  

    For further information contact Dr. Emma Davies edavies@brookes.ac.uk  

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people.  EU Applicants with Settled Status in the UK must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english

    Application procedure:
    Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk. Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed. 

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.

     


     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     

    Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development  

    Literacy difficulties in the children and families of Armed Forces Personnel  

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship  

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     

    Closing date: 22 January 2021

     

    Interviews: w/c  8 February 2021

     

    Start Date: June  2021 

     

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15, 285)

     

    University fees/bench fees at the current Home rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

     

    Main supervisors:  Professor Vince Connelly (Psychology)  (vconnelly@brookes.ac.uk) & Dr Dianne Newbury (Biological and Medical Sciences)  

    Various explanations have been put forward to explain why children in military families in the UK are at greater risk of lower educational attainment, for example, more frequent changes in schooling. However, Armed Forces families, it is claimed, in certain workforce segments, seem to have an over representation of dyslexia and other specific educational needs. This project will investigate the incidence of dyslexia in armed forces families and the many reasons this may or may not be borne out in the population.  

    This PhD would be a cross disciplinary project investigating the incidence of dyslexia and poor educational attainment in the children of armed forces personnel investigating the reasons for any increased level of incidence. This research may involve some testing and identification of dyslexia in children but would also need to consider population wide factors and analysis of attainment data from schools and education providers. There would likely be the requirement to develop close external links with organisation such as the Armed Forces Family Federations, the Ministry of Defence as well as the Armed Forces Schools network.  

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given.

     

    For further information contact Prof Vince Connelly  vconnelly@brookes.ac.uk  

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people especially in the Armed Forces community.  EU Applicants with Settled Status in the UK  must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

     https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english
    Application procedure:
    Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk. Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed. 

     

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.

     


     

     

     

    Sasakawa Postgraduate MPhil/ PhD Studentship

     

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Eligibility:                               Home, EU and International Students

    Mode of study:                       Full-time only

    Funding:                                 £10,000 (initially 1 year)

    Deadline:                                Closing date for applications: 17:00 on Monday 01 March 2021.

    Start date: September 2021.

    The Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

    The Faculty can nominate the candidate for the MPhil/PhD studentship of £10,000. This studentship is initially for one year only, but may be renewable subject to satisfactory progress in subsequent years, up to a maximum of three years, beginning in September of the 2021/22 academic year. . Please note that you will be required to reapply for the studentship each year, and that the GBSF will consider these applications on their merits. The GBSF cannot make a recurrent three year commitment to any one PhD candidate from year one.

    Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees each year. International applicants should be aware that they will need to fund their fees at the international rate.

    Candidates must have:          

    ●     a good undergraduate degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.

    ●     completed a degree with a substantive anthropology content or in Japanese studies, or in a discipline relevant to the proposed research, and have a sufficient level of Japanese language ability to engage in fieldwork in Japan where relevant (normally this should be equivalent to JLPT level 2 or above).

    A Masters is desirable, but we will consider candidates without a Masters who can demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial independent research.

    Part-time programmes are not eligible.

    Candidate Criteria:

    ●     The research proposal must focus on Japan.

    ●     It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.

    ●     Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese.

    ●     Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.

    How to apply:

    Please contact Terri Morris on hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk if you wish to apply.


     

     

    Sasakawa Postgraduate Masters by Research Studentship

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

     Eligibility:                               Home/EU (3 year residency status only – see below)

     Mode of study:                          Full-time only

     Funding:                                 £10,000 (1 year only)

    Deadline:                                     Closing date for applications:17:00 on Monday 01 March 2021

    Start date: September 2021.

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to invite applications for the Sasakawa Postgraduate Masters by Research Studentship in Japanese studies, made possible through the generosity of The Nippon Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

    The Faculty can nominate the candidate for a Masters by Research studentship of £10,000, for the 2021/22 academic year.

    Please note that although you may use your studentship to help towards the cost of your fees, you will be responsible for paying your fees.

    We offer a broad range of expertise in contemporary Japanese culture, but candidates interested in religion (history or anthropology), death and dying, ageing and social issues, gender and the body, cinema, arts, or linguistics are especially encouraged to apply. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to the Europe Japan Research Centre, and we are one of the only Universities in the UK offering a specialisation in the anthropology of Japan.

    Candidate Criteria:

    • You must have a good undergraduate degree (a good 2:1 or above) or be predicted to obtain one.
    • You must be either a UK citizen (regardless of your current residency) or settled in the UK or have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of your MA course.
    • The research proposal must focus on Japan.
    • It is important that you and your referees comment on your skill in Japanese in the areas of reading, composition and speaking.
    • Interviews may partly be conducted in conversational Japanese.
    • Candidates must have submitted an application for admission by the Studentship application deadline.


    How to apply:

    Please contact Terri Morris on hss-researchdegrees@brookes.ac.uk if you wish to apply.

     


     

     

    Faculty of Technology Design and Environment

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    3.5 year, full-time funded PhD Studentship: Formula Student Electric Powertrain Design and Optimisation

    Eligibility:        Home Students, EU Students and International Students

    Bursary:           £16,000 per annum (with no inflation increase) for 3.5 years

    Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University

                              (£3,000 per annum for project costs)

    Deadline:          5 February 2021                                               

    Start date:        September 2021

    The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a 3.5-year full-time PhD studentship commencing in 2021. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof Denise Morrey in the High Voltage and Energy Storage Group (HVES), and working with the Oxford Brookes Racing Formula Student Team (OBR).

    For information about the Oxford Brookes Racing Team, see:

    https://obr.brookes.ac.uk/

    And the HVES Group:

    https://hves.brookes.ac.uk/about/

    The Formula Student Team has been very successful in the competition, using an ICE based powertrain for two decades. For the competition last year, the team has moved into an advanced electric powertrain-based solution to align with the current trends in Europe. The solution utilises in-hub motors for a high performance four-wheel drive racing car.                                                                                         

    The current electric powertrain relies on off the shelf motors and inverters. This project aims to develop and improve the powertrain through consideration of battery and pack design, the interaction between inverter technology, control, and HV architecture integration. The current motor inverters and controllers does not account for interactions between sub-systems and, as a result, key attributes such as efficiency do not reach the full potential available within the chosen envelope of hardware and controls.

    In addition, the student will become a key member of the Formula Student Team, taking on the role of Project Manager, working closely with the Team Leads.

    Requirements

    We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3.5 years. Applicants would be expected to have a good relevant Engineering degree. They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.

    Application Process

    If you would like to apply for this position, you should request an application pack from the Research Support Office, tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, quoting “PhD Studentship in Formula Student Electric Powertrain”.

    Fully completed applications must be sent to tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk, by 5.00 pm on 5th February 2021. As part of the application process you must submit your CV, along with a project proposal for your PhD (2 page maximum). Please be advised that the selection process will involve an interview on 19 February 2021.

    Information:

    For all informal requests about the project and this post, please contact Prof Denise Morrey via email dmorrey@brookes.ac.uk