PhD studentships

Our studentships cover the full cost of your tuition fees, including registration, doctoral training and access to facilities. Some studentships also include a tax-free stipend to support your travel and living expenses.

At Loughborough University London, we are in pursuit of high-achieving postgraduate research students, who wish to join a leading UK institution and benefit from our outstanding facilities and support networks.

What's included?

Our PhD studentships normally cover the full cost of tuition fees for 3 years’ full-time study for successful UK, EU and International applicants. Successful UK and EU applicants will normally receive a tax-free stipend of £16,777 which will be given in monthly instalments. Additional funding may be provided for field research, travel and conference expenses.

  • Academic supervisors to guide and support your research
  • 24-hour access to the campus, including IT and research facilities
  • Exclusive use of hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area
  • 24 hour access to the campus library
  • Free laptop hire and printing
  • How to apply

    To apply for a studentship, please follow our step by step guide to submitting a PhD application here. When submitting an application, please ensure that you quote the correct studentship reference number, which is included in each studentship listing below.

    Available studentships

    Applied AI in IOT and Consumer Intelligence in Digital Finance

    Reference number: 2019/IDT/LUL
    Start date: October 2019/ Jan 2020/ April 2020/ July 2020

    Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

    By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for Digital Technologies at Loughborough University London, you will work alongside academics who are the world leaders in their field. The Institute for Digital Technologies is actively involved in National and International research projects in various topics such as human behaviour analysis for various high-tech systems, machine learning techniques for wide variety of applications including in digital marketing for monitoring and adaptations. The use of AI with intelligent sensing IOTs forms the fundamental basis for many advanced applications areas IDT has been engaging. Other areas of IDT interests are intelligent mobility, multi-agent data analytics and modelling, immersive and interactive media, mobile 5G networking, and security and privacy.

    London is one of the world’s leading hubs for international business, negotiations and trade, and is the ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks. Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in a broad range of industries, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.
    Find out more: www.lborolondon.ac.uk/about/

    Project Detail:

    The Institute of Digital Technologies at Loughborough University London aims to address major technological challenges by offering exciting PhD opportunities. One of the key challenges is how to apply advanced machine learning techniques to the sensed multi-modal data through various types of IoTs to understand the behaviours of ‘human-human’, ‘human-machine’, and ‘machine-machine’ interactions.
    The projects expect to make strides towards understanding and applying the AI technology to the real-world problem by investigating machine and deep learning algorithms on realistic and consumer based IoT scenarios to model the used systems with reliability, accuracy, effectiveness, scalability, transferability and robustness.
    Ideal candidates will have the chance to conduct innovative research with leading researchers in the following sub-areas in a loop:
    • Human-machine interaction inclusive of human behaviours recognition, monitoring, and analysis
    • Machine-machine interaction entailing object-to-object connection and automation
    • Machine-human feedings with personalised content and the consequences in economic and social aspects

    The candidates with excellent qualifications and suitable background knowledge will be offered full scholarships for three years which will include the UK/EU fees and tax free £17,009 stipend per annum.

    Entry requirements:

    To undertake a PhD programme across any of our institutes you must have a minimum of an upper class honours degree (2:1) or overseas equivalent in a related subject area.

    Funding information:

    Home/EU students will receive a full waiver, plus a tax-free stipend of £17,009. International students will receive a full fee waiver only.

    How to apply:

    All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Digital Technologies. Please upload a research proposal with your application.

    Please quote reference number: 2019/IDT/LUL

    Find out more:

    General information about the research agenda of the Institute for Digital Technologies can be found here
    For informal enquiries about the vacancy, please contact Professor Ahmet Kondoz.

    Technē (Institute for Media and Creative Industries)

    Application details:

    Reference number:  2020/TECHNE/IMCI

    Start date: October 2020

    Closing date: 9th September 2019

    About technē and Loughborough University London:

    Loughborough University London is a part of technē; a consortium which comprises nine universities in London and the South-East, with almost 60 AHRC studentships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. In order to be put forward for one of the highly competitive technē scholarships you must first apply to a technē university and be approved to go forward. Loughborough University London is now taking applications for technē scholarships.

    technē supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches. For doctoral researchers technē provides: 

    • An environment for students who wish to be intellectually innovative and experimental
    • Varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary training and networking opportunities
    • Collaborative engagement with partners in the cultural and other sectors
    • Rigorous scholarly training and opportunities to develop skills in innovation, critical thinking, risk taking, creativity and communication that are valued in academic and work contexts  

    Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). An outstanding 66% of the work of academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average of 43%.

    By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. The Institute for Media and Creative Industries has a strong interest in the relationships between media and communication and technological, political, social and cultural change. Our academic staff explore a range of topics around communication for social change, political and economic relationships and movements, as well as social media and activism in contemporary and historical contexts. Much of our research is collaborative and interdisciplinary, connecting to local and global communities and organisations.

    London is one of the world’s leading hubs for international business, negotiations and trade, and is the ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks. Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in a broad range of industries, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.

    Find out more: www.lborolondon.ac.uk/about/

    Project Detail:

    Our academics cover a range of research interests including analogue and digital media and communication structures, roles and practices across the creative industries in diverse regions including the UK and Europe, Middle East, Africa, South and South East Asia, and Latin America. Please review individual Institute staff profiles for alignment with our current research. We invite proposals on any related topics. We have experience in conducting empirical research locally and across the globe. Methodologically the Institute is particularly strong in the use of ethnographic and participatory research methods to understand complex processes of change in rich and holistic ways.  We are equally interested in applications exploring topics relevant to our east London location and to global and global South perspectives on media, communication and creative industries.

    Supervisors:

    Supervision from the Institute for Media and Creative Industries.

    Entry requirements:

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) and a relevant master's degree, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

    Funding information:

    Awards are available for both full-time and part-time students. AHRC eligibility criteria apply and all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and UKRI terms and conditions.

    Home students will receive a tax-free stipend of £17,009 and a fee waiver. Note that overseas students are not eligible for AHRC awards and in most cases EU students are eligible for fees only.

    Students must comply with the AHRC’s eligibility criteria and other terms and conditions as described in three documents available on the AHRC's Current Award Holders web page.

    Find out more:

    General information about the research agenda of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries can be found on our website. 

    For informal enquiries about the vacancy, please contact Dr Jessica Noske-Turner.

    How to apply:

    All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, select Media and Creative Industries.

    Please quote reference number: 2020/TECHNE/IMCI

    Technē (Institute for Design Innovation)

    Application details:

    Reference number:  2020/TECHNE/IDI

    Start date: October 2020

    Closing date: 9th September 2019

    About technē and Loughborough University London:

    Loughborough University London is a part of technē; a consortium which comprises nine universities in London and the South-East, with almost 60 AHRC studentships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. technē supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches.

    For students technē provides: 

    • An environment for students who wish to be intellectually innovative and experimental
    • Varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary training and networking opportunities
    • Collaborative engagement with partners in the cultural and other sectors
    • Rigorous scholarly training and opportunities to develop skills in innovation, critical thinking, risk taking, creativity and communication that are valued in academic and work contexts  

    Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). An outstanding 66% of the work of academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average of 43%.

    By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. The Institute for Design Innovation is actively engaged in international research projects concerning the value of design, making meaning, service and policy design and design practice. The Institute investigates widely the use of design in the contexts of users, society and business. We recognise the importance of design in society that has become increasingly based on man-made products and services, and believe that this requires developing deep understanding of managing design and its practice. We see this as involving the investigation of products, services, ecosystems, the political nature of design, of sustainable approaches and the use of technologies, while building on strong networks of collaboration with global partners.

    London is one of the world’s leading hubs for international business, negotiations and trade, and is the ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks. Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in a broad range of industries, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.

    Find out more: www.lborolondon.ac.uk/about/

    Project Detail:

    We are currently seeking candidates with interests in the three core areas of research of the Institute, inviting especially candidates that have interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary backgrounds and research interests. Please note that these topics are wide and can accommodate a wide range of specific topics, to be discussed further:

    1. Investigating design practice and management from a critical viewpoint, understanding that the agendas for design have multiple implications for users, citizens, and organisations, and that influencing these (sometimes political) agendas is important for future good life and sustainability;
    2. Investigating the relationship between design and livelihoods, expanding the entrepreneurship agenda to cover a wider agenda, looking at service ecosystems and service design that would enable meaningful engagement with the future of work;
    3. Investigating the global culture of design(ing), seeing how the practice and management of design plays out in novel ways in no-conventional settings, emerging economies and non-industrialised contexts, seeking to understand how design could add value in contexts that receive scant attention currently.

    Supervisors:

    Supervision from the Institute for Design Innovation.

    Entry requirements:

    An honours degree (2:1 or above) and a relevant master's degree, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

    Funding information:

    Awards are available for both full-time and part-time students. AHRC eligibility criteria apply and all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and UKRI terms and conditions.

    Home students will receive a tax-free stipend of £17,009 and a fee waiver. Note that overseas students are not eligible for AHRC awards and in most cases EU students are eligible for fees only.

    Students must comply with the AHRC’s eligibility criteria and other terms and conditions as described in three documents available on the AHRC's Current Award Holders web page.

    Find out more:

    General information about the research agenda of the Institute for Design Innovation can be found on our website. 

    For informal enquiries about the vacancy, please contact Professor Mikko Koria.

    How to apply:

    All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, select Design Innovation.

    Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/IDI

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