Embarking upon a research degree at Bournemouth University is one of the most exciting stages of your academic career. It’s a voyage of discovery – so Bournemouth University wants to make sure you have as much support as possible during what promises to be a life-changing experience. Bournemouth University is proud to be offering a broad range of fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities, strongly aligned to our key Fusion themes and BU2025 core strategic investment areas: Assistive Technology, Animation, Simulation & Visualisation, Sustainability & Low Carbon Technology and Medical Science.
Who is eligible to apply for a BU Studentship?
The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:
- A 1st class honours degree or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA)
- An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) for candidates for whom English is not their first language
In addition to satisfying minimum entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion.
Applicants will be asked to submit an online application form and a proposal (approximately 1500 words) outlining their understanding of the project for which they are applying, the approach they would envisage taking and what qualities they will bring to the research community.
- Current BU Doctoral students are not eligible to apply for a Studentship
- Current MRes/MPhil students can apply, subject to satisfactory completion of their Research Degree prior to being able to take up the award
- PhD Studentships cannot be used to support BU staff to complete doctoral programmes
How to apply for a BU Studentship?
There are individual application deadlines for each Studentship, which are detailed on each studentship page.
 Faculty of Science & Technology
- PhD Studentship – Artificial intelligence based approaches for games design and development
- PhD Studentship – Fake news, culture and heuristics
- PhD Studentship – Repurposing an API for oil drilling simulation software
 Faculty of Management
- PhD Studentship – A social identity approach to analysing the social and mental well-being outcomes of a movement-based intervention in primary schools
 Faculty of Media & Communication