PhD Opportunities

Applications for funded and self-funded PhD research

We welcome applications for PhD study based on your research proposal and applications to studentships and self-funded projects based on our extensive, international research staff.

Funded studentships

We welcome applications from PhD research students and offer a number of fully funded PhD positions in the following areas. Funded research is a great way to get your research published with the support of a PhD scholarship. We also look for researchers to take part in a number of self-funded postgraduate research projects and to submit new research proposals.

Funded research is available in the areas of building and surveying, engineering and computing. The school carries out extensive research in partnership with industry, commerce and other academic institutions in the UK and overseas.

Self-funded opportunities

We are seeking postgraduate applications from highly qualified individuals in areas which fit with our own research expertise. Our self-funded PhDs can be offered in full-time, part-time and distance learning study mode.  Below is a list of project ideas but we welcome your own ideas that align with the broad themes of our expertise.

Self-funded PhD opportunities in Efficient Systems:

Algorithms for underwater optical communication

Big Data Streaming Analytics

Optimisation of a Cascade Chute  

Control and Protection of Networks

The Development of a Novel On-Line Mass Flow Meter

Energy Harvesting for Optical Wireless Communications

Emerging Technologies for Mobile Fashion Consumers

Modelling Feature Similarities in Software Product Lines

Personal Sensors in Clothing for Evaluating Air Pollution and its impact on Skin

Intelligent Self Explaining Systems

Social Signal Processing and Affective Computing

Software Design Pattern Recognition for Software Product Lines

Sounds of Intent: Serious Games

The Tipping Point in a Complex Product Line

Developing Personal Values through Computer Games

Thin-Walled Structural Members – A Complete Cold-Forming Computer Simulation


Self-funded PhD opportunities in Built Environment:

Desert Sand as the potential resource for the future

ECOCEMENTS – the future of sustainable constructions

The Conservation of Post-War Listed Buildings - Development of Low Carbon Repair Materials

Design and construction of a unique pilot plant

Propagation of Partial Discharge Pulses in High Voltage Apparatus

Eco-technological design for stability & resilience of transport infrastructure

Green infrastructure for adaptation to and resilience‌

Prevention of Construction Accidents & Ill Health through the Design Process

Stewarding water for sustainability

‌‌Sustainable use of vegetation‌

Dean's Scholarships for International Academic Excellence

In the School of Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) we believe that exceptional academic ability should be recognised and rewarded.

The Dean’s Scholarships offer the opportunity for outstanding research students to participate in some of the most exciting areas of interdisciplinary research carried out at the School.

To recognise academic achievement and to attract the best students from across the globe, the Dean is offering a range of scholarships towards course tuition fees for international (non-EU) fee-paying students with excellent academic qualifications.

The awards will be judged on a 1000 word statement supplied by each candidate that should state clearly how they meet the scholarship aims. Applicants demonstrate through their ideas how they would use their specific knowledge, experience and background to:

  • ensure that the research aims of their project are met and exceeded;
  • fully align their project with the School’s research strategy;
  • act as an ambassador for SEBE and GCU, and ensure dissemination and wider impact arising from their research work.

SEBE has up to three Dean’s Scholarships of £3,800 per year available for academically outstanding students who applied and have been accepted onto one of the School’s full time PhD Programmes. The Dean’s Scholarship can only be applied for at entry into the PhD research programme, and it is awarded for a total of three years pending annual renewal upon satisfactory performance.

For all successful applicants, the total scholarship will be awarded in the form of a partial fee-waiver against their annual fees.

Dean's scholarship application

University PhD Research Studentship


School of Computing, Engineering, and Built Environment 

Project Title: Game design tools to support the application of psychological models of motivation and

behaviour change to adolescent diet and exercise

Project Reference Number: SCEBE2019_GAME_DESIGN_TOOLS

 Key words: Serious Games, Behaviour Change, Psychology

 Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research studentship at Glasgow Caledonian University within the School of Computing, Engineering, and Built Environment.  The studentship of £19,300 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (currently £4,500 for UK/EU students or £13,000 for international students) plus an annual stipend of £14,800 for UK/EU students or an annual scholarship of £6,300 for international students.

 Project Summary

Poor diet and lack of exercise cost the NHS £7 billion a year. Habits formed as teenagers tend to last andphysical & psychological changes during adolescence make it an important time to improve healthbehaviours. Making small sustained changes (e.g. eating more fruit or being more active) can reduce the risk of heart disease or diabetes in later life. Videogames can engage and motivate people but very little is known about how to integrate thepsychology of behaviour change and game design. This project will produce game design tools & a gamethat will help young people to make healthy changes. The design tools will allow stakeholders in game design and behavioural psychology to communicatemore effectively in order to realise a fit-for-purpose game-based intervention. The outcome will be analternative method to visualise and map behavioural theories in the early-stage development of seriousgames. The game will be evaluated on its effectiveness at supporting behaviour change. This PhD will focus on the development of game design tools that allow developers to map behaviourpsychology models into game prototypes. The project will explore: the relationship between behavioural theory and game design principles; the development of tools that support game designers; generate evidence of the effectiveness of a tool in the game development process. 

Research Supervisors

Candidates are encouraged to contact the following researchers for further details:


Mode(s) of Study

The studentship is available as a:

  • PhD:  3 years full-time



Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.   


Specific requirements of the project:



How to Apply

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisor(s) for the project before applying. 


Applicants should apply online via this link  selecting the Funded Studentship  option, stating the Project Title and Reference Number listed above in the application process and attaching copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation.


Applicants shortlisted for a PhD studentship will be contacted for an interview.


The closing date for applications is Monday 10 December 2018.

The intended start of the studentship is February 2019.