PhD Opportunities

PhD Opportunities

Opportunities are available throughout the Faculty to undertake supervised research at doctoral level. Further information about each of our research themes can be found on this site, along with contact details for the lead academic.

Research Studentships

UCLan advertises a range of funding schemes for postgraduate research at various times through the year. These include the University’s own studentships and bursaries and those from external organisations, including the Research Councils, the NHS, commerce and industry.
Further information can be found on the UCLan Studentships webpage.

Current Opportunities

Three-year fully-funded PhD opportunities in the UK

The University of Central Lancashire is providing doctoral level Fellowships as part of the University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) following a multi-million euro award from the European Union.
The extended University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA3) brings together the University Alliance’s existing doctoral training initiatives in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy following a €6.5million award from the European Commission, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) COFUND scheme.

DTA3 will be delivered across a consortium of 15 universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will develop nearly 100 early-stage researchers from across the EU and beyond as internationally-connected, independent researchers with interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral skills and experience, ready for industrial or academic employment in the European and UK priority challenge areas of healthcare, clean energy and social policy.

The programme will foster transnational mobility through an extended network of international associate partners in Europe and overseas, to provide recruitment and international placements.

Early-stage researchers can apply for an interdisciplinary PhD at a DTA3 university and join the wider DTA cohort currently made up of 150 students and 300 supervisors


We are offering 6 x PhD opportunities initially and these are in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy. Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects.

The University of Central Lancashire projects in Applied Biosciences for Health are:

  • Epigenetic and subcellular mechanisms in a novel mouse model relevant to ageing and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Incontinence; an age-old problem?
  • Smart Biomimetic Nanomaterials for Novel Treatment and Prevention of Viral Infection
  • Zinc, an essential micronutrient typically deficient in the ageing population, is at the human host /microbiota interphase regulating metabolic function, immunity and pathogenesis


  • Applicants must be ‘early-stage researchers’ (do not have a doctoral degree);
  • Applicants must not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before taking up a DTA3 opportunity
  • Applicants must not already be permanently employed by the university where the DTA3 opportunity will take place.

Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website.

The final deadline for application for the first six opportunities is Monday 8 October 2018. There will be another opportunity to apply for different DTA3 projects in the spring of 2019.

We are also offering 2 further projects in Energy and Social Policy. For full details visit the dedicated UCLan research website page.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

Student Finance England offer a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to help towards course and living costs while studying a postgraduate Doctoral course. It’s paid directly to the student and isn’t based on their household income. More information can be found on the Student Finance England website.