Non-Funded Studentships

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Machine Learning to Improve Groebner Basis Construction Non-funded

Centre for Data Science

CDS is offering a new project applying Machine Learning Technology to improve a key algorithm of Computer Algebra Systems.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Global Education Non-funded

Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment

The online PhD in Global Education is designed to develop you into an educational researcher with a global outlook, utilising research for changing yourself and changing society.


Machine learning in statistical physics Non-funded

Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems | Engineering, Environment and Computing

The student will use deep neural networks to quantitatively describe phase transitions in pure and disordered spin systems. Advanced techniques such as GANs will be employed to directly sample configurations of such systems. As a result, the student will be able to map out the utility of such methods for research in statistical physics and potentially open up exciting new avenues resulting from combining approaches from different disciplines.


Investigation into Selective Catalyst Reduction spray formulation and use of various liquid reductants Non-funded

Institute for Future Transport & Cities | Engineering, Environment and Computing

Studies assume that all the reductant is evaporated at the entry of the SCR domain because of the long mixing length, but this may not be the case in the close-coupled system with a much shorter mixing length. Although the droplet deposition problem could be avoided by other means, such as calibration, this may not work at extreme operating conditions, e.g. low mass flow rate and low temperature. Since the active SCR system will be the major emissions control device in the next generation diesel engines, it is important to have a thorough understanding of such failure modes and find ways to minimize its impact on product development and warranty. This study will be focused on injection of different reductants’ droplets of various fractions into SCR to investigate their impact on system efficiency.


Novel Hybrid Wind and Wave Energy System and Its Structural Dynamic Responses Subjected to Combined Wind and Wave Loads Non-funded

Institute for Future Transport & Cities

This project aims to combine the benefits of both offshore wind and wave technologies and propose solutions for their further development through developing a novel multifunctional platform.


Evaluating the effectiveness of rangeland resting initiatives in communal grazing systems in South Africa Non-funded

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The overall aim of the project is to evaluate rangeland resting initiatives currently being trialled in communal grazing systems in the Matatiele area of Eastern Cape Province.


Microplastics in Drinking Water: Tap vs Bottled Water Non-funded

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

The main goal of the project is to investigate submicron- and microplastics in tap and bottled drinking water and their impact on human health.


Exploring Mixed-State Wetting of Laser Surface Engineered Polymeric Materials Non-funded

Institute for Future Transport & Cities | Engineering, Environment and Computing

This project will make inroads to achieve a better understanding of the wetting nature of laser surface engineered materials exhibiting a mixed-state wetting regime and will add to the current work being conducted in the field of wetting regimes and wetting transitions.


Application of the structural equation modelling approach to ascertain the true costs of EIA and the determinants of impact prediction quality Non-funded

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

This project requires a PhD candidate who is willing to investigate this problem in an innovative and rigorous manner. We expect that Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) method will be applied in this study to analyse time and financial costs as measured variables against some selected latent constructs which will evolve from extant literature. 


Intelligent Solar Controller Non-funded

Institute for Future Transport & Cities | Engineering, Environment and Computing

The main focus of this PhD work will be to propose novel techniques for maximum power point tracking in harsh conditions that are theoretically elegant while at the same time practically useful.