Doctoral College Studentship Awards

The Doctoral College is excited to announce that over 40 fully funded studentships are available across a range of disciplines, the majority starting in July 2021. 

About the studentships

These PhD funded projects have been put together by field-leading researchers, covering a breadth of disciplines and research areas. 

There is generous funding attached to each package including:

  • A stipend at UKRI rates (currently £15,285 for 2020/21)
  • Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,407 for 2020/21)
  • A Research Training Support Grant of £1,000 for you to invest in your personal and professional development.  

We provide innovative and world-class doctoral training, with an outstanding research environment that connects supervisors, doctoral researchers, and research support staff within a multi-disciplinary approach. The University of Surrey is the place to start your research career.  


View details and the application process about each project, listed by faculty below. 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 

Project titlePrimary supervisor
A new low-complexity paradigm for analogue computation and hardware learning – support package for EPSRC Early Career Fellowship (coming soon)Dr Radu Sporea 
Active Machine Perception of Humans in Dynamic Scenes (coming soon)Armin Mustafa 
Advancement of laser-based atomic spectroscopy techniques for biological sample analysis; from elemental profiling of tissues down to the cell organelle levelDr Mónica Felipe-Sotelo 
Cells as batteries: investigating the endogenous extracellular electric fieldProf Michael Hughes 
Tracking plastic particles and co-contaminants in biological tissuesDr Maya All Sid Cheikh 
The Synthesis of Heterobimetallic Complexes for the Catalytic Activation of Carbon-Carbon BondsDr Ian Riddlestone 
Development of microbial self-powered biosensor for water quality monitoringDr Siddharth Gadkari 

Characterising irradiation treatments in 3D tumour models using mass spectrometry and elemental imaging: towards personalised healthcare via tissue engineering

Dr Eirini Velliou  
High Efficiency Perovskite X-ray Detectors (coming soon)Dr Carol Crean 

Fabrication and Evaluation of Superconducting Transition-Edge Nano Dosimeters for Precision Cancer Therapy

Dr Imalka Jayawardena 

Nano-scale 3D printing for rapid quantum device construction (Three studentships)

Prof Ben Murdin 
Uncertainty Quantification for Robust AI through Optimal TransportDr Yunpeng Li 

Microstructure and micromechanics of dissimilar joints for fusion power plants

Dr Tan Sui 

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences 

Project titlePrimary supervisor
Adaptation and Pilot Testing of the Registered Nursing Forecasting (RN4CAST) Nurse Survey for Use in the Ambulatory Chemotherapy Setting (coming soon)Dr Jo Armes 
Anxiety in individuals with Cornelia de Lange syndrome: behavioural indicators and co-occurrence with autism symptomatologyDr Joanna Moss 
Delegation in ward nursing teams: developing an intervention for effective and safe delegationDr Carin Magnusson  
Developing Patient Reported Outcome Measures to assist services to meet the priorities of older people with severe frailty; using mixed methods - The PRO-Frial studyProf Caroline Nicholson 
How can we understand socioeconomic inequalities in breast cancer survival in the UK? Dr Katriina Whitaker 
Improving supportive care during immunotherapy: co-design of a patient reported outcome measure to assess adverse events in people with renal and melanoma cancers (coming soon)Dr Jo Armes 
Paving the way for an approved process of care for women with sexual dysfunction and diabetes (coming soon)Dr Debbie Cooke 
Psychological benefits of place attachmentDr Eleanor Ratcliffe  
Role of Calcium Calmodulin Kinase II (CaMKII) in the modulation of cartilage metabolism and chondrocyte redox balance (coming soon)Dr Giovanna Nalesso 

Antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: A systematic analysis of the interplay between growth rate and metabolic state

Prof Claudio Avignone Rossa 
Understanding and targeting the molecular mechanisms of dengue virus protein synthesis (coming soon)Prof Nicolas Locker 
Unravelling dynamic genetics effects controlling BMI trajectories leading to childhood obesity (coming soon)Dr Alexessander Couto Alves 

How to apply

  1. Inform the primary supervisor your interest. First get in touch with the before making an application to discuss the project.   
  2. Apply for the relevant postgraduate research programme, which is specified on each project’s information page in the “apply now” section. You’ll need to state that you are applying for the Doctoral College Studentship Award. Each project will have its own application deadline. 

Other useful information 

  • We welcome applications from both full-time and part-time students.
  • Applications are for UK/EU candidates unless specified
  • Please only apply if you are able to commence your PhD at the start date stated in the details for each project. Most will start in July 2021 and a small number in October 2021. Further information is available on applying for a PhD during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Doctoral College Studentship Award provides funding for 36 months. The final year of the 4-year PhD (the "writing-up" period) is unfunded.”

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