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PhD Projects (Self-funded vacancies)

Self-funded PhD projects are always available within our research groups. For a flavour of the type of self-funded PhD projects available, please take a look at our (non-exhaustive) list of self-funded PhD vacancies below.

Funding

Unless stated, the projects listed here do not have funding attached to them.

Funded opportunities are often available, and are advertised via the University's vacancies website, the jobs.ac.uk and FindAPhD.com websites. The University offers scholarship opportunities to international students and home/EU students. (Note: You must be in receipt of an offer to study before you can apply for a scholarship with the University of Nottingham.)

 

 

 

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Self-funded PhD projects (non-exhaustive)
DivisionSupervisorTitleKeywordsFee band*
Clinical Neuroscience Ravi P Mahajan Patient participation in preoperative assessment Anaesthesia; Patient Safety; Quality outcome; Patient satisfaction; Quality improvement; Pre-anaesthesia assessment £
Clinical Neuroscience Ravi P Mahajan Medication errors – strategies to prevent them Anaesthesia; Patient Safety; Quality outcome; Pharmacy; Medication error; Quality improvement £
Clinical Neuroscience Ravi P Mahajan Development of tools for effective handover Anaesthesia; Patient Safety; Critical Care; Quality outcome  £
Clinical Neuroscience Ravi P Mahajan Strategies to stabilize haemodynamics during anaesthesia Anaesthesia; Patient safety; Quality outcome; Quality improvement £
Clinical Neuroscience Iain Moppett Factors affecting hepatic injury following surgery in the prone position Anaesthesia; surgery; cardiovascular physiology; liver disease; clinical £££
Clinical Neuroscience Iain Moppett The anaesthetist as vector for infection Anaesthesia; surgical site infection; microbiology; hand hygiene; contamination £££
Clinical Neuroscience Iain Moppett Non-invasive prediction of fluid responsiveness in the self-ventilating awake patient Anaesthesia; critical care; surgery; cardiovascular physiology statistics; clinical; trials; monitoring £££
Clinical Neuroscience Iain Moppett Distractions and interruptions in the operating theatre Anaesthesia; surgery; patient safety; psychology; distraction; interruption £
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Walid Maalouf The Effects of Pre-Implantation Embryo Biopsy on Further Development of the Offspring

Assisted Reproductive Treatment; ICSI; PGD; Embryo Biopsy; Molecular Biology

££
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Walid Maalouf, Louise Mullany The Influence of Linguistic Strategies on the Patients’ Experience of Assisted Reproductive Treatment Assisted Reproductive Treatment; Linguistics; Language; Fertility; IVF; Reproductive Sciences £
Respiratory Medicine Ian Sayers

Functional genetics of recently identi fied asthma susceptibility genes  PDF format

Asthma; genetic susceptibility; functional analyses; primary airway cell models £££
Respiratory Medicine Galina Pavlovskaya

Hyperpolarized 83Kr as a novel contr ast agent for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of lungs

Asthma; Lung imaging MRI; hyperpolarized 83Kr; 129Xe; 3He; IPF; ALI ££
Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine KL Cheung

Biological assessment – part of a novel tool to optimise treatment of primary breast cancer in older women PDF format

breast cancer; Elderly £££
Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine KL Cheung Developing a geriatric assessment tool for older women with early primary breast cancerPDF format
Breast cancer; Elderly  
Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine KL Cheung Clinical & cost effectiveness of therapeutic strategies in older women with early primary breast cancer   PDF format Breast cancer; Elderly; Clinical effectiveness; Cost effectiveness; Therapeutic strategies £
Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine KL Cheung Lymphoedema in women with primary  or advanced breast carcinoma  PDF format Breast cancer; Lymphoedema £
Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine KL Cheung Biological features of early primary  breast cancer in older women and correlation with clinical outcome  PDF format Breast cancer; Elderly; Tumour biology; Clinical outcome £££
Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine KL Cheung Psychosocial and quality of life issues in older women with early primary breast cancer PDF format Breast cancer; Elderly £££
Cancer and Stem Cells David Bates Tumour angiogenesis and the control of splicing PDF format Cancer; angiogenesis, VEGF, RNA, splicing £££
Cancer and Stem Cells David Bates RNA binding proteins that control tumour growth by regulating blood vessel growth PDF format Cancer; angiogenesis, VEGF, RNA, splicing £££
Cancer and Stem Cells David Bates The structure of the human glomerulus PDF format Fluid dynamics, mathematical modelling, electron microscopy £
Cancer and Stem Cells David Bates New treatments for age related macular degeneration PDF format Ophthalmology; angiogenesis, VEGF, RNA, splicing £££
Cancer and Stem Cells David Bates Diabetic microvascular complications – the role of the permeability layer PDF format Ophthalmology; neurodegeneration, VEGF, mitochondria £££
Cancer and Stem Cells David Bates Restoring blood flow in cardiovascular disease - collaterals as keys to therapy PDF format VEGF, angiogenesis, ischemia, cardiovascular disease £££
Cancer and Stem Cells David Bates Control of breeding season by microvascular remodelling in the sheep PDF format Pituitary, vascular remodelling, reproduction, sheep, endocrinology £
Cancer and Stem Cells Andrew Jackson Immune regulation by DNA damage-response Pathways in Dendritic CellsPDF format Dendritic cell, immunity, DNA-repair, ATM, IL-23, Th17, regulatory T-cell, transcription factor ££££
Cancer and Stem Cells Andrew Jackson The impact of tumour microenvironment on cross talk between Antigen Presenting Cells and Stromal FibroblastsPDF format Dendritic cell, macrophage, immunity, T-cell, fibroblast, stroma, cancer ££££
Cancer and Stem Cells Andrew Jackson Targeting the p38 MAPK signalling pathways in GlioblastomaPDF format T-cell, dendritic cell, macrophage, immunity, cancer, signalling pathway, MAPK ££££
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Beth Coyle Modelling evolution of metastasis in paediatric medulloblastoma using 3D models PDF format Metastasis, cancer stem cells, multidrug resistance £££
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Beth Coyle Modelling evolution of metastasis in paediatric medulloblastoma using tailored 3D biomatrices PDF format

Metastasis, cancer stem cells, multidrug resistanc

£££
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ruman Rahman Targeting residual brain cancer cells from the lethal invasive margin of GlioblastomaPDF format Brain cancer, Glioblastoma, Intra-tumour heterogeneity, precision medicine, invasive margin £££
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Ruman Rahman Integrated genome-wide analyses of glioblastoma intra-tumour
heterogeneity: a framework for personalised medicine
PDF format
Brain cancer, tumour heterogeneity, next-generation sequencing, patient-tailored pharmacology £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Abdolrahman Shams Nateri In vitro and in vivo approaches to investigate the regulation of the intestinal stem cell niche in the gastrointestinal tract development and cancer Cancer; Intestinal stem cells; stem cells; Loss & gain of gene function; Signalling & Transcription £££
Psychiatry and Applied Psychology / Rehabilitation and Ageing Fiona Marshall and John Gladman Localities of Community Dementia Care Frailty, respite, well-being, sense of belonging within communities. Models of community care in localities; design and delivery of services. Rural, remote, suburban, urban, inner city  
Psychiatry and Applied Psychology / Rehabilitation and Ageing Fiona Marshall and John Gladman Care Farms as a model of community care and supporting older people The impact of care farms in rural & urban community care. What works well and
why?
 
Pychiatry and Applied Psychology / Rehabilitation and Ageing Ana Basiri and Fiona Marshall Rural Health Geographies and living well in older age Uses of human geography to examine the realities of growing old in rural and remote areas. Liminalities, where is home?  
Psychiatry and Applied Psychology Amanda Griffiths and Fiona Marshall

Rural health service provider workforce

Workforce issues related to managing care service design and delivery in rural areas  
Psychiatry and Applied Psychology / Epidemiology and Public Health Sarah Lewis and Fiona Marshall Rural living in older age; epidemiology factors of living in a rural location Epidemiology, environmental factors, lifestyle factors among established and newly arrived older people in the UK.  
Psychiatry and Applied Psychology/ Veterinary Medicine and Science John Harris, Kate White and Fiona Marshall What’s in it for the animals? Animal welfare in relation to care farms and similar
settings.
Animals living on care farms: benefits, needs, considerations? Towards the development of recommendations for animal welfare on care farms and similar therapeutic
settings
 
Rehabilitation and Ageing Kate Radford Supporting job retention in people with cancer PDF format Cancer, work, randomised controlled trials, vocational rehabilitation £
Rehabilitation and Ageing John Gladman / Simon Conroy / Adam Gordon / Tahir (Tash) Masud CGA in acute care CGA, acute care £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Pip Logan / John Gladman Falls in care homes Falls, care homes £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Pip Logan / John Gladman Outdoor mobility in care home residents OT, care homes £
Rehabilitation and Ageing John Gladman / Rowan Harwood / Tom Dening / Adam Gordon / Sarah Goldberg Delirium prevention in care homes (or other settings) Delirium, care homes £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Rowan Harwood / Tahir (Tash) Masud / Pip Logan / John Gladman Falls prevention in people with dementia Dementia, falls £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Justine Schneider / John Gladman GP knowledge of dementia Dementia £
Rehabilitation and Ageing John Gladman / Simon Conroy / Adam Gordon / Veronika Van Der Wardt Hypertension in people with dementia Dementia, hypertension £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Kate Radford and Nadina Lincoln Cognitive screening for 'fitness to drive' in dementia; understanding implementation barriers PDF format Dementia, cognitive assessment, driving, implementation £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Pip Logan Evaluation of the Nottingham Falls Rapid response team PDF format Falls, older people, ambulance services, community health services £
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Michael SymondsHelen Budge Environmental regulation of brown adipose tissue function PDF format health and well being, imaging obesity, adipose tissue, development, growth ££
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Michael Symonds, Helen Budge Early life nutrition, metabolic development and health Nutrition; reproduction; obesity; child health; endocrinology; development ££
Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre Karen Robinson Regulatory T-cell responses to Helicobacter pylori in health and disease PDF format Immunity to gastro-intestinal infection Helicobacter pylori; regulatory T-cells; immunosuppressive function; protection from disease £££
Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre Y R Mahida Investigation of interactions between host cells and C. difficile toxins Infection, Immunity and Inflammation; colitis; apoptosis; receptors; cell signalling; cytokines ££
Rehabilitation and Ageing Heather Buchanan Psychological factors and the use of patient-controlled sedation for patients having orthopaedic surgery under regional anaesthesia

Anxiety, control, satisfaction, surgery

£
Rehabilitation and Ageing Heather Buchanan

Exploring parent-child communication about kidney disease and developing support resources

Communication tools, child, adolescents, prognosis £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Heather Buchanan Psychological interventions to improve oral health in low socioeconomic groups Behaviour change, interventions, tooth-brushing, diet £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Neil Coulson The therapeutic potential of online peer support and self-help for long-term conditions Internet, support, long term conditions, psychology, patient empowerment £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Neil Coulson Blogging/Vlogging as a source of social support during times of illness Internet, support, long term conditions, psychology £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Neil Coulson From diagnosis and beyond: the role of social media in support patients  Internet, support, long term conditions, psychology £
Rehabilitation and Ageing Neil Coulson The role of social media in support of young stroke survivors Stroke, support, social media, young £
Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre Dileep N Lobo, John Hammond, Salvatore Papa Understanding how the liver heals: the pathophysiology of sepsis induced liver failure PDF format Liver surgery and regeneration; JNK signalling; sepsis ££
Clinical Neuroscience Henryk Faas Molecular magnetic resonance imaging of neuroinflammation in the brain PDF format MRI; neuroinflammation £££
Clinical Neuroscience Bruno Gran Epidemiology of multiple sclerosis – the influence of infections on susceptibility and clinical course of disease Neuroimmunology; multiple sclerosis; epidemiology; infectious disease; innate and adaptive immunity £
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Don Sharkey Computational modelling of stress associated newborn brain injury PDF format premature; newborn; brain injury; modelling ££
Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Don Sharkey Development of a neonatal nutrition tool to improve long-term outcomes PDF format premature; newborn; nutrition; outcome £
Rehabilitation and Ageing  Tahir Masud (Nottingham University Hospitals), Pip Logan, John Gladman Chair based exercise Older people, exercise £
Rehabilitation and Ageing  John Gladman / Justine Schneider (School of Sociology and Social Policy) Interventions to reduce loneliness in older people Older people £
Cancer and Stem Cells Stewart Martin Breast cancer lymphovascular invasion (LVI) and metastasisPDF format Lymphatic biology; Metastasis; Inflammation; Macrophage; Cytokines; Inflammatory breast cancer ££
Cancer and Stem Cells Stewart Martin Targeting redox homeostasis in cancerPDF format Thioredoxin; Glutathione; Breast cancer; Pancreatic cancer; Cancer biology; Biomarkers ££
Cancer and Stem Cells Stewart Martin The role of calpain and calpastatin in cancer biology and cellular ageingPDF format Breast cancer; Ovarian cancer; cell Biology; Signalling; Cancer therapy; Invasion and migration ££
Cancer and Stem Cells Stewart Martin Improving radiotherapy via novel drug-radiation interactionsPDF format Radiation biology; Combined therapies; Biomarkers; Drug interactions; Radiotherapy; Breast cancer; Pancreatic cancer ££
Cancer and Stem Cells Alan McIntyre Epigenetic regulation of gene expression in tumour hypoxia PDF format Cancer, epigenetics, hypoxia, acetylation, tumour microenvironment, functional analyses, 3D culture £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Alan McIntyre Functional analyses of DNA amplified and highly expressed pH regulators in tumours PDF format Cancer; pH regulation; hypoxia, metabolism; functional analyses; 3D culture £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Alan McIntyre Functional investigation of metabolism genes in kidney cancer PDF format Metabolism; kidney cancer; hypoxia, functional anslyes; 3D culture £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Alan McIntyre Functional investigation of pH sensing mechanisms in kidney cancer PDF format pH sensing; acid sensing; kidney cancer; hypoxia, metabolism, pH regulation; functional analyses; 3D culture £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Abdolrahman Shams Nateri Differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into intestinal tissue in vitro Stem cells, iPS, Wnt/ -catenin signalling

££££

Cancer and Stem Cells Abdolrahman Shams Nateri Identification of small molecule drugs that selectively target cancer stem cells for differentiation (Differentiation Therapy) Cancer, stem cells, differentiation, pluripotent ££££
Respiratory Medicine Simon JohnsonDebbie Clements Modelling Lymphangioleiomyomatosis with in vitro co-culture systems PDF format Respiratory Cell Biology; Cell culture; modelling; translational research £££
Respiratory Medicine Simon JohnsonDebbie Clements Expression and Activity of Matrix Metalloproteinases in lung remodelling PDF format Respiratory Cell Biology; Cell culture; modelling; translational research  
Respiratory Medicine Linhua Pang Role of bacteria and host interactions in lung inflammation in cystic fibrosis Respiratory Cell Biology; Bacterial infection; lung inflammation; chemokines; cystic fibrosis; airway structural cells; myofibroblast differentiation; epigenetics; gene expression; pulmonary fibrosis ££££
Respiratory Medicine Linhua Pang Molecular mechanisms of myofibroblast differentiation in pulmonary fibrosis Respiratory Cell Biology; Bacterial infection; lung inflammation; chemokines; cystic fibrosis; airway structural cells; myofibroblast differentiation; epigenetics; gene expression; pulmonary fibrosis ££££
Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology Weiya ZhangMichael Doherty Clinical phenotypes and predictors of progression of knee osteoarthritis PDF format Rheumatology; Osteoarthritis; subgroups; predictors and cohort study £
Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology Kim Edwards Engaging postgraduate students in teaching and learningPDF format student engagement; co-construction; structural equation modelling; mixed methods; teaching and learning; medical education £
Cancer and Stem Cells Judith Ramage Antibodies to novel costimulatory molecules on T cells  antibodies, T cells ££££
Cancer and Stem Cells Judith Ramage Increasing T cell migration to tumours T cells, tumour ££££
Cancer and Stem Cells Virginie Sottile Regulation of adult stem cell differentiation towards therapeutic cell lineages stem cell biology, developmental biology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Chris Denning Human induced pluripotent stem cell models of cardiovascular diseases for drug screening PDF format Stem Cells; Human induced pluripotent; disease modelling; cardiomyocytes; electrophysiology; drug and gene therapy £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Chris Denning Induced pluripotent stem cells to study genetic disorders of the heart PDF format induced pluripotent stem cells; genetic disease of the heart; cardiomyocytes; drug screening; disease modelling £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Alexey Ruzov Biological roles of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine oxidation during neural and glial differentiation Stem cells, epigenetics, DNA methylation, developmental biology, regenerative medicine, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine £££
Cancer and Stem Cells Alexey Ruzov and Matthew Loose (School of Biology) The dynamics of modified forms of 5-methylcytosine during spermatogenesis (The project would include bioinformatics-based analysis of deep sequencing data, candidates with bioinformatics background to be considered) Stem cells, bioinformatics, epigenetics, DNA methylation, developmental biology, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine £££
Clinical Neuroscience Nikola Sprigg and Philip Bath Tranexamic acid for hyperacute spontaneous IntraCerebral Haemorrhage  PDF format Stroke, Haemorrhage, Outcome, Randomised controlled trials £
Clinical Neuroscience Ulvi Bayraktutan and Rebecca Trueman (School of Life Sciences) Can outgrowth endothelial cells restore neurovascular integrity and function after ischaemic stroke? PDF format Ischaemic injury, blood-brain barrier, brain oedema, endothelial progenitor cells £££
Clinical Neuroscience Ulvi Bayraktutan Protein kinase C-β: a novel therapeutic target to prevent neurovascular damage in diabetes PDF format*international students only* Stroke; Vascular Biology; Diabetes;Molecular Biology; ischaemic injury, hyperglycaemia, LY-333531, blood-brain barrier, brain oedema £££
Clinical Neuroscience Ulvi Bayraktutan A molecular investigation into the mechanisms of ischaemia-mediated breakdown of human blood-brain barrierPDF format *international students only* Stroke; Vascular Medicine; biology and Molecular Biology; ischaemic injury, oxidative stress, matrix metalloproteinases, blood-brain barrier, apoptosis £££

  

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