Studentships


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Please check this page frequently as studentships may become available at any time. The websites of individual academic partners may also contain information on forthcoming studentships - links are at the foot of this webpage. Prospective students in need of funding are advised to start researching funding opportunities well in advance of commencing their studies.


The following opportunity is funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme.

Project title

  • Can marine derived plastic litter be used in water remediation?

This PhD will seek to exploit the sorption potential of waste marine plastics and evaluate its potential to remove organic and inorganic contaminants from aqueous media. The project will examine the ability of waste plastic to take- up two common classes of contaminant: Organic micro-pollutants (e.g. pharmaceuticals) and heavy metals. Pharmaceuticals are considered an ‘emerging’ class of environmental contaminant relevant in many wastewater scenarios. Since pharmaceutical compounds are ‘selected’ for their ability to produce biological effects, their impact on water quality and non-target organisms is of concern. In addition, as pharmaceuticals are structurally and chemically diverse compounds, they constitute an ideal test group to elucidate various adsorption mechanisms. This project seeks to extend the principle of ‘re-purposing’ low-cost and/or waste material by evaluating the potential of marine waste plastics.

FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION; Plastics_wastewater description.docx

Eligibility

Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding information

The studentship covers fees at the Home/EU rate only, plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for a total of 42 months (including writing-up).  Funding is available for students worldwide, however non UK/EU students will be liable for the difference between home/EU and international fees.  

Students must be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands transition region during the course of their study to be eligible for funding.

The project is expected to start on 1 January 2018.

Deadline for applications for this project is Friday 24th November 2017, 12 midday (UK time).

Informal project specific enquiries can be made to: Stuart.Gibb@uhi.ac.uk  or Neil.James@uhi.ac.uk

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ECME funded PhD studentships 2017/18

 

This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Project title:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation in the Scottish Highlands – assessing the impact of a multidisciplinary, personalised  approach.

The overall purpose of this PhD is to evaluate the implementation of a new community based cardiac rehabilitation service in the Highlands, taking into account the experiences and outcomes of patients, NHS staff and community providers.  The PhD student will have the flexibility to develop the programme of research and specific research questions.  As examples  the PhD could:

  1. Use the RE-AIM framework to determine the impact of the new delivery approach
  2. Undertake a realist evaluation to explore how the programme works, the outcomes achieved and the influence of context.

 The PhD student will have the opportunity to be involved with a clinical service which offers considerable opportunity to assess novel ways of working in a range of patient and staff groups. The student would be expected to use qualitative and quantitative methods and to assess the impact of novel CR in line with BACPR and SIGN guidelines.

FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION; Cardiac rehab Project description.doc

The project is expected to start on 1 February 2018. To apply please complete the application form (link below), attaching supporting documentation and send to: gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk. 

Eligibility

Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding information

The studentship covers fees, plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for a total of 36 months (including writing-up). Funding is available for students worldwide. Students must be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands region during the course of their study to be eligible for funding.

Deadline for applications for this project is Wednesday 10th January 2018, 12 midday (UK time).

Informal project specific enquiries can be made to: trish.gorely@stir.ac.uk or stephen.leslie@nhs.net.

 

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This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The project will run under the control of The Bryden Centre (TBC).

Project title:

  • Community scale tidal power generation – is it feasible in the INTERREG VA area?

This project will principally look at the nature of the tidal resource, investigating flow dynamics in contrasting candidate sites.  Firstly, it will use modelling and observational techniques to clarify the flow structures and variability that exist in the natural environment, from the broad flow pathways to their smaller-scale instabilities and turbulence.  Secondly, it will consider the feasibility of exploiting these sites, through review of the engineering constraints of existing and hypothetical energy devices, and by considering the wider planning process involving environmental, technical, social, economic, and legal factors.  The outcome will be understanding that can be used to underpin resource assessment and planning of community scale tidal energy developments.

Other project collaborators include Marine Scotland.

The project is expected to start March 2018. To apply please complete the application form (link below), attaching supporting documentation and send to: gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk. 

Eligibility

Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding information

The studentship covers fees, plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for a total of 39 months (including writing-up). Funding is available for students worldwide, however non UK/EU students will be liable for the difference between home/EU and international fees.  Our current fees can be found here: www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-research-postgraduate-students

Students must be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands region during the course of their study to be eligible for funding.

Deadline for applications for this project is Friday 19th January 2018, 12 midday (UK time).

Informal project specific enquiries can be made to: Dr Andrew Dale; Andrew.Dale@sams.ac.uk

 

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This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The project will run under the control of The Bryden Centre (TBC).

Project title:

  • Using X-Band Radar Data to Optimise Wave Energy Converter Placement

This project will utilise an existing X-band radar based 1 year dataset from an installation at the Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.  The radar system was installed at 60 m height above sea level at the lighthouse overseeing a coastal area with a 3 km radius.  The returned backscatter data is segmented into 4096 directional sectors along 1024 radial bins with a data volume of approximately 10 GB for every 12 minutes of the continues dataset.

In addition to the radar data two wave measurement buoys were also installed aligned with the radar antenna into the prevailing wave direction and at distance of 1 and 2 km and respectively.  One of these buoys was also fitted out with a current meter and a 1 month wave enable ADCP deployment also supplements the dataset.  The study domain is facing a severe wave climate predominantly featuring ocean swell waves with some local wind sea components and also tidal currents of up to 1.5 ms-1.

The proposed study will correlate the radar backscatter with the spot sensor data from the wave buoys and will investigate the progression of individual waves between buoys.  This will consider a combination of linear and non-linear wave processes as a starting point, but with a focus on computer learning algorithms to develop a forecasting module in near real time.  This is aimed to support short term prediction of waves at the buoy location closer to shore, based on input information from the outer buoy.  Ultimately the aim is to only utilise radar backscatter boundary data to inform the near future wave situation near the centre of the scanned domain.

Applications for such a tool are widespread, crew transfer to offshore structures, rescue craft launching and recovery operations from ships, helicopter landing operations on ships, and craning of cargo from supply vessels on to offshore installations.  For this particular project, the focus will be on the placement and tuning of wave energy converters.

Other project collaborators include Wood Group Clean Energy

The project is expected to start March 2018. To apply please complete the application form (link below), attaching supporting documentation and send to: gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk. 

Eligibility

Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding information

The studentship covers fees, plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for a total of 39 months (including writing-up). Funding is available for students worldwide, however non UK/EU students will be liable for the difference between home/EU and international fees.  Our current fees can be found here: www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-research-postgraduate-students

Students must be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands region during the course of their study to be eligible for funding. Students are expected to be based full-time at Lews Castle College, Stornoway.

Deadline for applications for this project is Friday 19th January 2018, 12 midday (UK time).

Informal project specific enquiries can be made to: Dr Alasdair MacLeod; Alasdair.Macleod@uhi.ac.uk

 

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Please read the application guidance and return your completed application to: gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk.

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This project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The project will run under the control of The Bryden Centre (TBC).

Project title:

  • Quantifying mortality; improving understanding of cetacean drift and stranding to improve impact monitoring.

This project will largely focus on the drift dynamics of floating objects, with particular application to floating marine animals.  Subject areas of relevance include Physical Oceanography, Ocean Engineering and Fluid Dynamics, with an interest in the ecology of marine animals and the risks to them being advantageous.

The need to quantify anthropogenic impacts on marine mammal populations is becoming ever more pressing as the next decade will see significant changes to the marine environment, most notably from the marine renewables industry.  Monitoring the interaction between live animals and renewable energy devices is logistically challenging and expensive.  Conversely, monitoring for dead, stranded individuals offers a relatively low-cost method of surveillance.  If individuals die as a result of an encounter with a device, a key challenge is to understand their subsequent drift and stranding in order to anticipate or interpret observed patterns of strandings.

The drift of floating objects is a complex response to wind drag, near-surface currents and waves.  Previous models of drift have used relatively crude representations of these processes.  Observations of objects at sea have shown great sensitivity to the precise shape and size of an object, its extent in the water column, and its surface exposure.  This project will focus on clarifying and quantifying this sensitivity through a combination of direct experimentation in the marine environment, theoretical considerations and modelling studies.  In combination, these will lead to recommendations for drift modelling of marine animals, with wide applicability to other drift problems in the marine environment.

Other project collaborators include Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS).

The project is expected to start on 1 February 2018. To apply please complete the application form (link below), attaching supporting documentation and send to: gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk. 

Eligibility

Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding information

The studentship covers fees, plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for a total of 39 months (including writing-up). Funding is available for students worldwide, however non UK/EU students will be liable for the difference between home/EU and international fees.  Please refer to the table detailing our current fees.

Deadline for applications for this project is Friday 5th January 2018, 12 midday (UK time).

Informal project specific enquiries can be made to: Dr Andrew Dale; Andrew.Dale@sams.ac.uk

 

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Please read the application guidance and return your completed application to: gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk

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The following opportunity is funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme.

Project title

  • Salmon farming in Scotland: quantifying the actual levels of interbreeding and gene introgression of farm escapes with wild populations

The project involves the exploitation of diagnostic molecular markers developed by the RLI as part of a UK Research Council aquaculture sector funded international research collaboration with partners in Norway, Scotland, Ireland and Canada to differentiate farm and wild Atlantic salmon. These will be used to assess actual levels of escaped farm salmon in rivers across Scotland, of interbreeding, and of genetic introgression.  The lack of understanding of these factors precludes the effective management of the species, risking unacceptable impacts on wild stocks or holding back expansion of the farming industry, or potentially both. In Norway, genetic mixing is highly variable, from 0-47% while in Scotland only a few, ad hoc studies have been carried out on levels of direct genetic interaction and most of these are dated and provide insight into only a few rivers with general, contemporary levels being poorly documented. 

Knowledge of the level of interbreeding and introgression can help guide locational development of the farming industry to minimize impacts on wild stocks and fisheries. Levels of escapement, interbreeding and introgression will be quantified, mapped and the factors accounting for observed levels investigated.  The implications of observed levels will be explored using an existing individual based genetic-demographic reproductive interaction model.

FULL PROJECT DESCRIPTION; Project full description.docx

Eligibility

Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding information

The studentship covers fees at the Home/EU rate only, plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for a total of 42 months (including writing-up).  Funding is available for students worldwide, however non UK/EU students will be liable for the difference between home/EU and international fees.  

Students must be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands transition region during the course of their study to be eligible for funding.

The project is expected to start by 1st February 2018 latest – an earlier start date would be preferred.

Deadline for applications for this project is Friday 5th January 2018, 12 midday (UK time).

Informal project specific enquiries can be made to: Dr Mark Coulson; mark.coulson.ic@uhi.ac.uk

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Please read the application guidance and return your completed application to: gradresearch@uhi.ac.uk, 

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