Abertay offers a range of funded PhD and Masters projects for enthusiastic and ambitious candidates who are interested in pursuing a research degree at Abertay University.
Funded PhD and Research Masters projects are available to students who hold (or expect to gain) either a First Class Honours degree, an Upper Second Class Honours degree or a Masters qualification.
The studentships described below are divided into three categories:
Open – Applications are currently open for these studentships. You can find further details on the Abertay jobs page and FindAPhD.com.
Closed – These studentships are now closed for applications, however, you may be interested in seeing the topics we have funded previously.
R-LINCS2 funded. The Studentship is available for a June, October 2023, or February 2024 start.
A PhD studentship that comprises tax-free stipend of £17,668 (increasing in line with UKRI per annum) per year over 3.5 years, tuition fees paid, and a generous study package (e.g. limited research consumables, travel budget, and training when appropriate).
The pan-University Graduate School offers an integrated training programme to the postgraduate community within a single centre, serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers
The project aims to improve machine understanding of natural languages by developing novel methods for AI-driven storytelling. The work will be focused on designing and developing methods and techniques to analyse and explore large textual datasets and lexical graph databases, discover, and extract the hidden pattern and relationship between words within a language and automatically generate stories describing and explaining those relationships. The project will combine and incorporate approaches from various disciplines including NLP, Deep Neural Networks, Computational Reasoning, Computational Linguistics, Generative AI, Graph Learning and Graph Neural Networks.
How to apply: Visit the Jobs Page
A PhD studentship that comprises tax-free stipend of £17,668 (increasing in line with UKRI per annum) per year over 3.5 years, tuition fees paid, and a generous study package (e.g., limited research consumables, travel budget, and training when appropriate).
Sport for Development (SfD) projects have the aim of improving people’s lives. However, the actual impact these projects have on individuals is highly debatable. Most approaches to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tend to focus on simplistic cause-and-effect approaches, whereas the more recent approach of Social Return on Investment (SROI) tries to measure impacts by attaching economic values to social behaviours. However, most M&E approaches tend to overlook the social complexities and nuances involved in individuals’ experiences of SfD. This project addresses these issues by using a sociological approach to understanding individuals’ meaningful experiences of SfD.
The aim of this project is to co-construct a sociologically informed and more meaningful version of M&E and to test it within the wider SfD field.
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A related Masters-level qualification is desirable, but not essential. Otherwise you must have, or expect to obtain, a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree in a discipline relevant to the studentship you are applying for.
We accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
For candidates whose first language is not English or your undergraduate/Master’s degree was not awarded from a University from a UKVI designated English Speaking country, you are required to show evidence of one of the following qualifications:
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
To identify whether or not you need to apply for a student visa, please see here or visit the UKVI website.
All available studentships are listed on the Abertay Jobs page, as well as FindAPhD.com. The individual listings will specify the steps you need to follow. We only accept online applications submitted via the Abertay Jobs portal.
Every single studentship will have its own specific requirements. Make sure you read them carefully.
Learn more about our Postgraduate Research application process, and explore the available funding options.
Find Doctorate and Research Masters opportunities with expert supervision within a multidisciplinary Graduate School and research environment.
Learn more about research opportunities, entry requirements, submitting a research proposal, English language requirements, and applying for a visa.
Discover more information on funding a research degree, including undertaking studentships or applying for scholarships.