PhD Opportunities

Fully-funded PhD projects available for immediate application

Our studentships are fully-funded by UK Research Councils, charities or industry. Eligibility criteria vary so please check who is funding the project in which you are interested. For projects funded by EPSRC, only UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements are eligible to apply (minimum of three years of continuous residency in the UK immediately prior to the start of the PhD).

EPSRC studentships cover: (i) an annual tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,553 for 2017-2018, but typically increases annually in line with inflation) and (ii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

To be considered for postgraduate study you need to submit a formal application. Further guidance and instructions on how to do this are available. 

A full list of academic staff research interests is available.

If you have any questions, or require any further information about postgraduate study, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Supervisor(s)Project title and detailsResearch areaFunded by Apply

Anders Drachen

Sam Devlin

Tim Ward (Square Enix)

EPSRC NPIF PhD studentship in partnership with Square Enix

Closing date: 30 July 2017

PhD studentship: Game Analytics and Player Psychology (PDF  , 143kb)PhD studentship: Game Analytics (PDF  , 148kb)

Data analytics;
Games and gamification;
Game Analytics;
Machine Learning;
Usability and User Experience;
Player Psychology;
Business Intelligence 

EPSRC:
RCUK eligibility criteria applies

Square Enix

Apply

Richard Paige (York)

Dimitris Kolovos (York)

Rolls-Royce

EPSRC NPIF PhD studentship in partnership with Rolls-Royce

Closing date: 30 July 2017

PhD Studentship: Context-Aware Heterogeneous Modelling for Aerospace Systems (PDF  , 76kb) 

Software Engineering EPSRC:
RCUK eligibility criteria applies
 Apply

Sam Devlin (York)

Professor Peter Cowling (York)

Accelerated Dynamics

EPSRC NPIF PhD studentship in partnership with Accelerated Dynamics

Closing date: 30 July 2017

PhD s'ship: Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning for Game AI and Robotic Control (PDF  , 150kb)

Games and gamification;
Artificial Intelligence

EPSRC:
RCUK eligibility criteria applies

Apply

Professor John McDermid

Professor Richard Paige

Dr Richard Hawkins

2 PhDs in Model-Based Development for Critical Systems

Closing date: 28 July 2017 

PhD studentship: Model-Based Software Development (PDF  , 74kb)

PhD studentship: Model-Based Safety and Reliability Engineering (PDF  , 73kb)

Cyber Physical Systems;
Embedded systems;
Formal specification languages, methods and tools;
Safety analysis, system safety

Restricted entry: UK Nationals only Apply

Ibrahim Habli

Tom Lawton

PhD studentship in partnership with Bradford Royal Infirmary

Closing date: 6 August 2017

PhD studentship: Reducing Medication Errors through Intelligent Safety Reasoning (PDF  , 75kb)

Health informatics and medical devices;
Safety analysis, system safety;
Safety of autonomous and self-adaptive systems

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Full award open to UK/EU,
Overseas* applicants

*restriction applies, see pdf. 

Apply

Dr Nick Pears (York)

Christian Duncan 
(Alder Hey Hospital)

MSc (by research) studentship in partnership with Alder Hey Hospital

Closing date: 9 August 2017

MSc (by research) studentship: Statistical 3D Shape Modelling of the Human Head (PDF  , 140kb)

Computer Vision and Image Processing;
Machine Learning;
3D shape modelling

Google Faculty Award

Full award open to UK/EU,
Overseas* applicants

*restriction applies, see pdf.

Apply

PhD projects available for applicants who can fund their own studies

Supervisor(s)Project title (details linked)Research areas
Ibrahim Habli 

Cynthia Iglesias (HYMS/Health Sciences)

Cade McCall (Psychology)

Patient Safety Assurance for Digital Health

Enterprise systems: managing and developing large scale, complex IT systems;
Health informatics and medical devices;
Safety analysis, system safety;
Simulating complex systems;
Software engineering

Dimitris Kolovos Incremental Model Management Software engineering
Richard Wilson Machine Learning for Understanding RNA 

Bayesian techniques for analysis and search;
Data analytics;
Machine learning

Radu Calinescu

Adrian Bors

Autonomous Multi-Camera Monitoring Systems 

Autonomous and self-adaptive systems;
Computer Vision and Image Processing; 
Automated and Model-Driven Software Engineering;
Safety of autonomous and self-adaptive systems;
Software engineering

Fiona Polack

Kieran Alden (Electronic Engineering)

Richard Paige

Software engineering support for demonstrably fit for purpose research simulator development  Automated and Model-Driven Software Engineering;
Enterprise systems: managing and developing large scale, complex IT systems;
Simulating complex systems;
Software engineering

Richard Wilson

3D Shape Search

Artificial intelligence;
Bayesian techniques for analysis and search;
Computer Graphics;
Computer Vision and Image Processing; Data analytics;
Machine learning

Richard Wilson

Anders Drachen

Social Interactions in Online Games

Data analytics;
Games and gamification;
Machine learning

Paul Cairns Understanding player experience in digital games

Games and gamification;
Usability and User Experience

Paul Cairns Errors in interactions Health informatics and medical devices;
Usability and User Experience 
Leandro Soares Indrusiak Application-aware resource management in multiprocessor, high-performance and cloud computing Cloud computing;
Computer architectures;
Cyber Physical Systems;
Embedded systems;
Evolutionary computation;
Real time languages and systems
Leandro Soares Indrusiak Multiprocessor platforms for real-time and embedded systems Autonomous and self-adaptive systems;
Computer architectures;
Cyber Physical Systems;
Embedded systems;
Evolutionary computation;
Real time languages and systems
Leandro Soares Indrusiak Design and Optimisation of IoT Systems (Internet of Things) Autonomous and self-adaptive systems;
Cyber Physical Systems;
Embedded systems;
Automated and Model-Driven Software Engineering;
Real time languages and systems;
Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things
Daniel Franks

Darren Croft
Understanding Killer Whale Ecology with Data Science and Agent-Based Modeling Data analytics;
Machine learning;
Simulating complex systems

Nick Pears

Will Smith

3D Shape Modelling of the Human Head Computer Vision and Image Processing;
Machine learning

Simon O'Keefe

Emergent Memory In Swarm  Artificial intelligence;
Autonomous and self-adaptive systems;
Neural networks

Adrian Bors

Human Interaction Recognition from Video Streams Computer Vision and Image Processing;
Machine learning;
Neural networks

Adrian Bors

Learning the Memorable Information from Images Artificial intelligence;
Computer Vision and Image Processing;
Machine learning;
Neural networks