An exciting opportunity to apply for eight fully funded PhD positions in the College of Arts, Technology and Environment, UWE Bristol.

Ref: 2324-OCT-CATE03

The expected start date of these studentships is 1 October 2023.

The closing date for applications is 19 May 2023.

Studentship details

The College of Arts, Technology and Environment at UWE Bristol has a strong and continually evolving research environment. We submitted a significant proportion of our staff to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) and over 75% of our submitted research was judged to be internationally excellent or of world leading quality.

We welcome PhD applications that focus on one or more of our core themes, and that align with one or more of the college's disciplinary strengths.

Core research themes

  • Creative industries/Technologies
  • Digital arts/Design/Technologies
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Inclusivity and social justice
  • Sustainability and climate change

Indicative disciplinary areas

Aerospace Robotics, AI/Machine Learning, Architecture, Arts/Humanities, Built Environment, Conventional/Unconventional Computing, Engineering, Geoscience, Immersion, Mathematical sciences, New/Evolving Media, Screen Cultures/Industries, Writing and Creative Practice.

We are very happy to receive applications from candidates interested in practice as research and applied research in any area.

Please see our Research in the College of Arts, Technology and Environment page for more details of the college's research areas and to identify a potential supervisor from our staff school lists. It is essential that you have contacted and gained the agreement of a suitable potential supervisor prior to your application.

Research proposals should be no more than 1500 words long and include an outline of the project relating it to the above themes, as well as making a case for the importance and timeliness of the project.

You would normally be expected to have a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject area. A related Masters degree or further appropriate research experience is desirable.

Candidates for these PhD positions will be interviewed by a panel including the relevant school’s Associate Head for Research, members of the potential supervisory team, and a senior researcher from the school. Following this interview process, the successful candidates will be offered a studentship and unsuccessful candidates will be notified within two weeks of the interview.

Candidates who meet the criteria to study at UWE Bristol but are not offered one of the eight studentships will be offered the opportunity to consider pursuing a self-funded PhD.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, multiple heritage or other minority ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol. However, all appointments are made strictly on individual merits.


The full-time studentships are available from 1 October 2023 for a period of three and half years, subject to satisfactory progress, and include a tax-exempt stipend, which is currently £17,668 per annum.

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for the same period.


You would normally be expected to have a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject area.

A related Masters’ degree or further appropriate research experience is desirable.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2324-OCT-CATE03.

Supporting documentation: You will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form.

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 19 May 2023.

Further information

For further information please contact:

If you have not heard from us by 16 June 2023, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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