Studentships

See a full list of available funded studentships offered at the University of Surrey. We also offer funding and support via the Doctoral College.

The control of corrosion in cast iron trunk mains

Funding information:
Stipend of £17,000 per annum

Verification of security and privacy in modern threat landscapes

Funding information:
A stipend of £16,000 per annum, tax-free, subject to nationality and residence status. Fees are covered for UK/EU students (in value of £4,260).

Exploring how current hardfacing technology and capability can be evolved into additive manufacturing of full components

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900

Structural health monitoring (‘SHM’) of civil infrastructure

Funding information:
Funding is available for UK or EU nationals only and covers full tuition fees (home rate) and a stipend at the rate specified by the Research Council (rate for 2017/18 is £14,553 p.a. tax-free).

Applied Nuclear Physics: Silicon Photomultiplier Scintillation Detectors

Funding information:
The studentship is funded for 3.5 years at normal UKRI studentship rates (equal to approximately £14,000 per year). Funding is provided by the Radnet Doctoral network and from the two sponsoring companies. The student will be expected to attend regular project meetings with the company sponsors, and to spend some time on placement at the companies during the duration of the PhD. This studentship is available for individuals from the UK and EU.

Mathematics, fields, strings and geometry

Funding information:
Competitive departmental funding.

Multi-factor authentication

Funding information:
You will receive a tax-free stipend of approximately £22,000 per year (for 3.5 years). Additional funding is available to support presentation of research results at international conferences, participation in PhD summer schools, other scientific events, and engagement with industry.

The emerging role of cardiac fibroblasts in heart physiology and pathology

Funding information:
The successful student will be required to provide their own funding for tuition fees and stipend (living costs). Most of the experimental costs will be covered by the supervisor from current Royal Society and BHF grants, although the student may be required to provide a partial contribution towards bench fees.

Optical Tomography

Funding information:
Competition Funded Project (European/UK Students only)

Engineering mature human cardiac tissue for drug discovery and development

Funding information:
The successful student will be required to provide their own funding for tuition/bench fees and stipend (living costs). Partial experimental costs will be covered by the supervisor from current Royal Society and BHF grants.

Structures of quantum space-time

Funding information:
Successful applicants will receive STFC research funding for 3 years which covers fees (£4260 p.a) and a tax free stipend of £14,777 p.a. UK students only

Particulate and characterisation relating to metal-on-metal hip replacements

Funding information:
Stipend of £14,777 per annum

Establishing techniques for the prediction of stress-strain curves from nanoindentation data for a range of materials

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900

Investigation into the physical principles involved in the transfer of energy between armour parts

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900

Rhythmic control of angiogenesis in tissue engineering

Funding information:
Self funded studentship

Multiscale Modelling of Lithium-sulfur Batteries

Funding information:
The Surrey’s Centre for Automotive Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, is offering a PhD studentship which will cover home fees and normal EPSRC stipend (currently £14, 553/year).

Industrial CASE

Funding information:
The award will be for a period of three years and include home tuition fees, plus a stipend (approx £14,296 p.a).

Translational interrogations of prostate cancer

Funding information:
EU nationals don’t be deterred from applying because of Brexit. As of 21 April 2017, the Department for Education released a statement announcing: “EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UKs exit from the EU.”

Mathematics, dynamical systems and PDEs

Funding information:
Competitive departmental funding

Reinforcement learning control for autonomous systems

Funding information:
Funded EU and UK students only.

Finding novel strategies to kill TB: The response of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to carbon source shifts

Funding information:
Competition funded project (student worldwide). Self-funded students only

Development of low-cost electric propulsion concepts for small satellite applications

Funding information:
This project is funded with a studentship from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. The funding is available for three (3) years. The amount of £19,037 for bursary (£14,777) and fees (£4,260) is available for the first year and will be increased every year to cover the cost of both fees and bursary up to three years.

In-silico analysis of tissue specificity of dermal exposure, deposition and absorption kinetics

Funding information:
The studentship will last for four years. It will cover the tuition fee at UK/EU level, and provide a PhD stipend (c. £18,000 per annum), as well as generous budget for training.

Nanowire transistors for bio-diagnostics: early stage cancer screening

Funding information:
Funding applies only to UK and EU applicants, with full funding available to UK applicants, and fees-equivalent funding to EU applicants. Self-funded applicants are welcome to apply.

Mechanisms that lead to the failure of the different types of water pipes used by Thames Water

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900 

Exploring stress profiles of thin films generated using physical vapour deposition (PVD)

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900

Investigation into the fracture toughness of various materials

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900

Regulation of urothelial and bladder function by oxidative stress – the role of Nox enzymes

Funding information:
Accepted candidates are required to pay standard tuition fees in addition to 20% of bench fees. Materials and consumables will be provided.

Mathematics, fluids, meteorology and symmetry

Funding information:
Competitive departmental funding.

Intelligent transport systems

Funding information:
This is a 3 year Studentship, covering UK/EU University fees only, with a Stipend/living allowance of £16,000 per annum. UK/EU university fees are also covered by the studentship. 

Mathematics of life and social sciences

Funding information:
Competitive departmental funding

Dielectric waveguide lasers, microfluidic protein sensing, and raman spectroscopy

Funding information:
Competitive funding.

Metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic and light-emission applications

Funding information:
Applicants must have a masters degree or first class undergraduate (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the time of start of the PhD. The post is open for home-fee qualifying applicants.

Satellite Systems Security

Funding information:
The appointed candidate will receive a tax-free PhD stipend of GBP 20,000 per year for 3.5 years of PhD studies within which the candidate is expected to submit their PhD thesis. This stipend is significantly higher than an average PhD stipend in the UK. Additional funding is available to support conference travel, participation in PhD summer schools and engagement with NCC Group.

Applied cryptography

Funding information:
The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum, and is available to students of UK/EU residency. PhD student positions are limited to three years. 

Development of instrumentation for plasma based thin film and coating deposition

Funding information:
Stipend of £19,900

Structures with controllable stiffness

Funding information:
The studentship covers the full costs of UK/EU tuition fee, plus a tax-free stipend of approximately £ 14,777 p.a., in line with standard RCUK stipend levels [2018-2019].

Studying the interaction of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) with porcine tonsillar cells

Funding information:
This studentship is fully funded and the fund covers the University of Surrey registration fee, doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,553p.a. for 2017/18) and the bench fee. Due to funding constraints only UK/EU application can be considered. This is a full time PhD project, which is planned for a period of three years. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.