Fully funded PhD Studentships



How to Apply

Synopses of the projects available, web pages and email addresses of supervisors from whom further details are available, and information on how to apply can all be found at http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/engineering-physical-sciences/research/james-watt.htm.

Applications must be made through the Heriot-Watt on-line application system, https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm

New projects are being added all the time.  For questions about the application process, please contact pgr.eps@hw.ac.uk

Closing Date: 14th February 2021.  All successful candidates must commence studies by September/October 2021.

List of Scholarships

EPS2021/01: Bioelectric devices for quality assessment in human islet transplant surgery 

EPS2021/02: Tracking of ultrasound microbubbles beyond the diffraction limit for microvessel mapping.

EPS2021/03: Super-resolution ultrasound microbubble tracking.

EPS2021/04: Deep Eutectic Solvent and Supercritical Fluid Extraction of High Value Chemicals from Agri-Food Waste         

EPS2021/05: By-PATH: By-products to protein and algae to HydrogenEPS2021/06: Microfluidic sample preparation for circulating nucleic acid based bloodstream infection identification

EPS2021/07: Improved sample processing techniques for waterborne pathogen detection

EPS2021/08: Primary school engineers: tackling stereotypes and inspiring the next generation

EPS2021/09: PhD Position in Computational Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis.

EPS2021/10: Surface-Hopping Dynamics of Electronically Excited Processes in Photochemistry and Scattering

EPS2021/11: Inelastic and Reactive Scattering Dynamics of NO and OH

EPS2021/12 Dynamics of Atmospherically Relevant Gas-Liquid Surface Reactions I: Velocity-Map Imaging Probes

EPS2021/13: Dynamics of Atmospherically Relevant Gas-Liquid Surface Reactions II: Real-Space Imaging and Advanced Laser Absorption Probes

EPS2021/14: Reactive-Atom Scattering as a Novel Probe of Ionic-Liquid Surfaces

EPS2021/15: Cheap and Clean: Zero Waste Catalytic Generation of Bio-based Fine Chemicals via Hydrogen Mediated Pathways


EPS2021/16: Biodegradable polymer platform for co-delivery of antibiotics with controlled release


EPS2021/17: Compressible Turbulence Models from Transformed Navier-Stokes Equation Perspectives

EPS2021/18: Particle-laden flows: aerosols 

EPS2021/19: Particle-laden flows: aerosols 

EPS2021/20: Model development and simulation of novel processes for CO2 direct air capture from the atmosphere – PhD in Chemical Engineering

EPS2021/21: Production of solar fuels


EPS2021/22: Sustainable Cold Chain from Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) from Regasification Sites

EPS2021/23: Understanding reactive flow in porous media

EPS2021/24: Design of multifunctional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)-based materials for carbon capture and photocatalytic conversion


EPS2021/25: Developing ocean alkalinity enhancement technologies to prevent climate change and protect ecosystems


EPS2021/26: Tracking the fate of plastic biodegradation under environmentally relevant conditions


EPS2021/27: Crumbling reefs: Simulation based monitoring of coral reefs

EPS2021/28: Fast and effective personalised multiscale modelling for precision medicine in musculoskeletal diseases.


EPS2021/29: Design of a collaborative parallel robot


EPS2021/30: Development of a smart precision 3D assembly system


EPS2021/31: Biomechanical and tissue material assessment using camera-based motion tracking – applications in clinical diagnostics


EPS2021/32: Next-Generation Astrocombs


EPS2021/33: Practical free-space quantum communications


EPS2021/34: Novel optical beam steering for quantum communications


EPS2021/35: High-speed imaging technology and applications


EPS2021/36: High-speed Secure optical communication


EPS2021/37: Under-water Optical Communication system

EPS2021/38: Project Title: Deep ultraviolet laser sources for healthcare and industry

EPS2021/39: Biophotonics for healthcare with fibre optics and single photon detection

EPS2021/40: Ultrafast lasers for surgical applications


EPS2021/41: Laser controlled nanoparticle deposition


EPS2021/42: New optical components and devices from micro-structured fibres


EPS2021/43: SiC quantum devices for quantum networking


EPS2021/44: Adaptive Learning for quantum sensing


EPS2021/45: Next-Generation Astrocombs


EPS2021/46: Strongly correlated states in designer two-dimensional moiré heterostructures


EPS2021/47: Engineering scalable coherent coupling among artificial atoms


EPS2021/48: Laser-based manufacture of a micro-needle sensing platform for electrophysiology testing



EPS2021/50: Quantum-Enhanced Imaging in Extreme Environments


EPS2021/51: Next Generation Components for Quantum Communications


EPS2021/52: The photonic Lattice Gauge Theory emulator


EPS2021/53: PhD Studentship in Integrated Nonlinear Photonics


EPS2021/54: 3D Beam Shaping for Laser Based-Manufacturing


EPS2021/55: Laser Material-Interactions on the Ultra-fast scale


EPS2021/56: 3D Printing of Ceramics


EPS2021/57: Optical neural networks for shaping light


EPS2021/58: High-dimensional measurement device independent quantum technologies


EPS2021/59: Quantum Photonics in Space and Time

EPS2021/60: Controlling electron transport for molecular quantum devices

EPS2021/61: Optimising protocols for quantum-enhanced spin-based magnetometry

EPS2021/62: Bio-inspired quantum-enhanced light harvesting

EPS2021/63: 2D material enhanced nonlinear integrated photonics

EPS2021/64: Dynamic wavefront engineering via epsilon-near-zero nonlinearities

EPS2021/65: Theoretical project on quantum  communication and quantum information


EPS2021/66: Underwater single-photon depth imaging


EPS2021/67: Photoelectron Circular Dichroism as a Chiral Probe


EPS2021/68: Project Title:  Using synthetic biology to develop new labels for super-resolution microscopy

EPS2021/69: Wearable flexible electronic system for monitoring of the rehabilitation of patients.


EPS2021/70: Innovative Measurement System for Remote Monitoring of Biosignals


EPS2021/71: Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces (IRS) for 6G Communications and Smart Buildings


EPS2021/72: Novel algorithms for robust and scalable computational imaging: from deep learning, optimisation, and Bayesian inference theories, to applications in astronomy and medicine.


EPS2021/73: Robust and scalable methods for multi-sensor 2D/3D imaging through obscurants


EPS2021/74: Digital surrogate of a microwave sensor system


EPS2021/75: Empowering Self-Sustainable Internet of Things Using Environmental-Aware Multi-Source Energy Harvesting Systems


EPS2021/76: Computational methods for event-based imaging and sensing


EPS2021/77: Variational and message passing algorithms for scalable inference in computational imaging problems


EPS2021/78: Computational methods for particle detection and tracking in microfluidic devices for medical diagnostics using event-based cameras


EPS2021/79: Anomaly detection with heterogeneous data


EPS2021/80: Utilization of novel photosensitive compounds in medical and manufacturing applications


EPS2021/81: Theory for high-temperature one-dimensional (1D) superconductors


EPS2021/82: Advanced photo- and thermo-electrochemical flow cell for energy conversion and storage

EPS2021/83:  Experimental quantum networking 

EPS2021/84: Satellite quantum photonics

EPS2021/85: New materials for electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices

EPS2021/86: Fundamentals and applications of scattering at the gas-liquid interface

EPS2021/87: Novel Methods for Modelling Photochemical Dynamics

EPS2021/88: Stereodynamics of Gas-Phase Electronic Quenching: Experiment and Theory

EPS2021/89: Modelling Solid-State Molecular OrganoMetallic (SMOM) Chemistry 

EPS2021/90: Plasma Recycling of Polymers as Value Added Organics