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17 Apr PhD studentships

Edinburgh Napier University has an international reputation for solving problems through research that changes lives locally and globally.

Recently, academics and PhD students have conducted research into treatments for Crohn’s disease and the flu, as well as leading the development of psychological therapy for trauma survivors.

We have helped to protect 100 hectares of Kenyan mangrove forests, and pioneered construction technology to reduce heat loss and reduce noise levels.

Solving societal problems

The University also has an enviable track record of working with government and industry to address economic and societal issues.

Sectors such as manufacturing, scientific research and development, health and social work and business activities all welcome PhD research studies.

PhDs are in high demand for our specialised and high level research areas, including:

  • biotechnology
  • information systems
  • environmental engineering.

Investing in the future

We want to increase PhD studentships in order to attract, encourage and develop the brightest talent from across the globe.

By recruiting early-career researchers and talented young minds, we will establish and strengthen a new knowledge base, and develop the next generation of home-grown academics for the University.

The University has already invested heavily in the support of PhD studentships, 25 of which are already in place. We are now seeking funding from a range of public and private sources for 25 more studentships to further enhance our research excellence.

Each PhD studentship provides an opportunity to support a particular research falling into six distinct themes:

  • Heritage, tourism and culture
    • Safeguarding Scotland’s living heritage
    • Investigating how tourism has helped post-conflict countries rebuild
  • Digital solutions
    • Digital tourism
    • Digital health
    • Digital systems for criminal investigations
  • Sustainable communities and cities
    • Sustainable, intelligent smart cities
    • Using social networks to help substance abusers, prison management and health outcomes
  • Employment, society and quality of life
    • Improving mental health care for trauma survivors
    • High intensity training to beat obesity – the effects of high intensity interval training on high-BMI sedentary men
  • Health and healthcare
    • Optimising treatment and care of stroke victims
    • New ways to beat the flu – peptide research into new treatments for combating flue and the common cold
  • Sustainable environment
    • Competition, animal stress and behavioural ecology
    • New paths to mangrove conservation in sub-Saharan Africa

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