PhD Studentships

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Providing Research Opportunities

The quality and breadth of research at the University of Lincoln was highlighted in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, where more than half of the University’s submitted research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading (3* or 4*). If you undertake a PhD studentship here at Lincoln, you too could join this community of world-leading researchers.

At the University of Lincoln, our PhD students are committed to making research breakthroughs and inspiring those around them, and we are committed to helping them achieve their goals. That’s why the University is making a significant investment to provide research opportunities for exceptional doctoral candidates through our annual half-million pound Research Investment Fund.


View our current studentship opportunities:

College of Arts

2 x PhD Funded Studentships – Lincolnshire Manorial Documents

With generous support from The National Archives, the University of Lincoln is seeking to appoint two suitably qualified UK/EU candidates to full-time doctoral scholarships. The recipients will be based in the School of History and Heritage. The opportunities are as follows:

1) Professional Doctorate: This involves the creation of entries for the National Manorial Documents Register ( for Lincolnshire, in line with archival standards laid down by The National Archive. The entries will be accompanied by a reflective piece of research arising from the process of creation. Applicants should suggest areas of archival and digital heritage which they may wish to explore in this section.

2) A doctorate arising from the newly- deposited manorial documents for Moulton Harrington, c.1702-1897. Applicants should identify a potential possible project arising from these documents which will be achievable in three years.

The scholarship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a stipend towards living expenses. The value of the stipend will be in line with RCUK/AHRC awards, therefore for 2018-19 will be £14,777. The scholarship holder may also apply for limited amounts of additional funding for travel and research trips to School, College and University funds. The successful applicant may be offered the opportunity to teach as an associate lecturer for School of History and Heritage, for which he or she will be paid an additional hourly sum.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate Master’s degree. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate.

How to apply

To submit an expression of interest, applicants should submit: 1) a 1-page CV including a short summary of academic qualifications; 2) a 500-word section outlining their approach to the Studentship for which they wish to apply (see above) and explaining how their qualifications and experience meet the requirements of either of these Studentships.  This should be e-mailed to

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2018. Interviews will take place shortly afterwards.


Open for UK, EU and Overseas Students
Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level) 
Start date 1 October 2018
Duration: 36 months

Professor Philippa Hoskin (

College of Science

PhD fee waiver scholarship – Recovery of metals/raw materials from wastes, residues and ashes produced through the thermochemical conversion of phytomined biomass

Heavy metal contaminated land covers a large expanse throughout Europe and is often considered unsuitable for agriculture.  Certain biomass crops have been identified as capable of phytoremediating such land (including Miscanthus).  This presents great opportunities, in terms of land utilisation and remediation, but also poses interesting challenges with the production of a now contaminated biomass fuel. The heavy metal uptake of this fuel makes it unsuitable for traditional thermochemical use.  There is also an excellent opportunity to recover metals and raw materials from this fuel, which would aid in the EU’s challenge of finding new sources of raw materials and also render this contaminated fuel usable once again.

This PhD project will focus on the following issues:

  • Metal uptake by biomass from contaminated land (efficacy of uptake, determination of which metals are absorbed, metal concentrations and partitioning within the plant).
  • Partitioning and fate of metals within waste streams from typical thermochemical conversion routes (pyrolysis, combustion and gasification). 
  • Development of novel methods for metal recovery from untreated fuels as well as from each of the waste streams through the use of molecularly imprinted polymers.
  • Development of online sensors to aid in the detection of the metals in the different treatment streams.

Funding Package

The scholarship covers tuition fees for the PhD up to the value of the UK/EU fee level. Overseas students may apply and the student will be responsible for the difference between the UK/EU, and overseas fee level. The grant holder will also be exempt from paying bench fees.

As living costs are not covered by this award, it is assumed that the grant holder will be applying for a PhD loan from the government (£25,000) for the three years research in order to guarantee a steady income to support themselves during their studies. However, candidates may secure other funds to pay for their living and maintenance during their PhD.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez ( or Dr Abby Samson ( for further information and to discuss details of the application.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate Master’s degree. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate. 

How to apply

To submit an expression of interest, applicants should submit: 1) a 2-page CV including a short summary of academic qualifications; 2) a 500-word section outlining their approach to the project and explaining how their qualifications and experience meet the requirements.  This should be e-mailed to Please quote reference ENG008 on all correspondence.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2018, or until the vacancy is filled.


Open for UK, EU and Overseas Students

Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level) 

Living expenses not included
Start date 7 January 2019
Duration: 36 months



PhD Funded Studentship to “Investigate Soil salinity and saline farming in Northern Europe”

This PhD forms part of the multi-partner EU Interreg-funded ‘SalFar’ project – investigating future opportunities for agriculture in coastal regions across the North Sea region. SalFar explores innovative ways to look at coastal farming and flood management, including field trials of salt-tolerant crops.

The long term impact of saline irrigation on soil function in a Northern European climate is unknown, and we know nothing of the consequences of saline irrigation to the highly productive alluvial silt soils of Lincolnshire’s coastal regions. This PhD will support the wider SalFar project by investigating soil processes and modification as a result of saline farming trials.

Part of the successful candidate’s role will be to work with the University of Lincoln’s SalFar team to set up and monitor the environmental impacts of saline farming trials in the UK. These trials will comprise a series of field sites incorporating saline/brackish irrigation and/or short term sea flooding. These will be complemented by a number of parallel trials across Europe, monitored by other SalFar partners. The trials are intended to assess the feasibility of saline farming, and the successful candidate would be expected to assist with trial set up and oversee monitoring of crop growth, in addition to evaluating the environmental impact of these practices on soil chemical, microbiological and physical properties.


Once the trials are set up, the project direction may include, but not be limited to, exploring the impact of saline farming on the following:

  • Soil structural and chemical properties;
  • Salt flushing rates and retention within profile depth;
  • Soil microbial resilience to salt deposition;
  • Root development;
  • Assessment of salt retention, farm management and physical condition of soils flooded in recent storm surge events;

This will be conducted in a series of experiments at a range of scales:

(i)           Mesocosm experiments at the University’s Riseholme Farm site.

(ii)          Replicated open fields

(iii)         Field sites of saline/brackish irrigation around Lincolnshire (trial sites).

(iv)         Large-scale transect sampling in coastal agricultural areas.

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr Iain Gould (Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology) and Professor Mark Macklin (School of Geography and Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health). Support (field, laboratory and advisory) can also be provided from other SalFar partners across Northern Europe.

Open to UK, EU and Overseas Students

Tuition Fees: Fee Waiver Scholarship

Stipend/Living Allowance: £14,553.00 per annum

Start date: Thursday 1st November 2018

Duration: 36 months

Reference: AMS855172

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Iain Gould ( and Professor Mark Macklin (

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject such as Environmental Science, Geography, Agriculture or Natural Sciences. Applicants should be willing to travel nationally and internationally.

How to Apply

To submit an expression of interest, applicant should send your CV, covering letter and two referee names to Dr Iain Gould by emailing:

Closing Date: Tuesday 4th September 2018

Interview: Thursday 27th September 2018, Brayford Campus

Fee Waiver Scholarships

The School of Pharmacy is delighted to offer four Fee Waiver scholarships (UK/EU only) for its Masters of Science (MSc) by Research Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate progression while tuition fees are covered by the School of Pharmacy.

The four available scholarships are for students interested in applying to work on the following research projects:

Prevalence of ever user, current user and factors associated with e-cigarette and vaping among university students.

Supervisors: Dr. Keivan Ahmadi; Dr. Paul F Grassby

Design of emulgel drug delivery system of sorbitol derivatives gelators to improve the skin permeability of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

Supervisor: Dr. Tamim Chalati 

Synthesis and evaluation of water-soluble macrocycles for the recognition, differentiation and sensing of methyllysines.

Supervisor Dr Tobias Gruber 

Chemical and biological studies on antibiotics to Target Bacterial Cell wall Synthesis.

Supervisor Dr Ishwar Singh 

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“I am currently halfway through my PhD research in which I am exploring the nature of wandering cats and cat management in the UK; paying close attention to electronic containment fences for cats and assessing their potential welfare implications. Through my work with the School of Life Sciences, I had the chance to appear on a BBC documentary in which the team and I were filmed exploring the hidden life of the domestic cat. This provided a great opportunity to disseminate our research to the broader public and the programme was well received by a national audience. I came to Lincoln as I was interested in joining a university that is making incredible gains. The University puts in a lot of effort to provide tailored support for its postgraduate students.”

Kevin Mahon, PhD student in the School of Life Sciences

The Doctoral School

The Doctoral School at the University of Lincoln provides a highly collegiate setting where our postgraduates can enjoy support for their research studies, as well as acclimatise and integrate into academic life. It is a dedicated department for postgraduate students promoting the opportunities for postgraduate activities and championing the interests of postgraduate students throughout the University. The Doctoral School offers education and training courses for both students and academic colleagues, monitors student satisfaction, hosts networking and social events, and organises an annual Postgraduate Student Conference. Our aim is to fully engage the postgraduate community and support and enhance the student journey.


Dr Michael Mosley

Dr Michael Mosley gave a recent talk at the University of Lincoln as part of our Great Lives series. He is a science presenter, writer and executive producer and his work includes BBC2’s The Story of Science, The Truth About Exercise, and Eat, Fast & Live Longer – which led to the hugely popular 5:2 diet.

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