Research Studentships

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Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Research students are an integral part of our vibrant research community at the University of Lincoln and we offer a range of postgraduate research opportunities, including a number of funded research studentships.

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*). Our multi-disciplinary research institutes, centres, and groups form a rich, collegiate environment where research carried out by our staff, students, and partners is nurtured.

We aim to support our research students to develop the analytical, critical thinking, and problemsolving skills in demand across industry and academia. The University offers a researcher development programme as well as research-focused events, student-led research groups, and national and international networking opportunities to help you make the most of your time at Lincoln.

Our Doctoral School is a community of researchers where ideas and experiences can be shared between disciplines. It provides opportunities for Master’s by Research, MPhil, PhD, and Professional Doctorate students to communicate and interact with the wider research community.

New Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-food Robotics

The world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) for agri-food robotics is being established by the University of Lincoln, UK, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. Applications are now open for PhD studentships at the CDT starting September 2019. Apply via:

Current Studentship Opportunities

Use the dropdown menus below to browse current funded and part-funded studentship opportunities at the University of Lincoln, listed by academic College. 

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

Exploring Microbiological Decontamination Strategies for Fresh Produce


Project Title: Exploring Microbiological Decontamination Strategies for Fresh Produce

Location: Holbeach Campus

Anticipated Start Date: 1 July 2019 or as soon as possible after this date.

Duration of Award: 3 years

Hours: Full-time

Application Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 12 May 2019 (GMT)

Project Summary: Globally we face one of the most difficult times regarding foodborne disease outbreaks related to fresh produce, with an increase in the number of reported outbreaks associated with food of non-animal origin (FnAO) (European Food Safety Agency, (EFSA) Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ), 2013). Also the supply of fresh produce on an industrial scale has become a major challenge due to foodborne outbreaks from contaminated fresh produce increasingly reported in many parts of the world.

Physical and chemical intervention strategies have been developed for pathogen inactivation on produce for sale, however, the use of these techniques may be limited in their impact on the quality of the fresh produce. Also pathogen adhesion to the surface of the produce and internalisation can limit the usefulness of the conventional processing and sanitising methods.

Understanding of the complex biology of pathogens that contaminate and survive in the supply chain of fresh produce is just beginning to be understood. Also, due to the problem of adhesion and internationalisation of these pathogens, control strategies that help significantly reduce the likelihood of pathogen contamination and the susceptibility of fresh produce as a vehicle of transmission of pathogens are still needed: on the farm, during processing, and during packaging. (Allende & Ölmez, 2015).

This research seeks to tackle current food industry problems. Foodborne disease presents a consistent but frequently preventable threat to public health, and is responsible for an estimated 2.2 million deaths worldwide annually. The problem with fresh produce, such as lettuce and spinach, is that many people eat it fresh, so it misses the cooking step which would kill most pathogens, one reason why companies have relied on chlorine washing before sale. However the chlorine, commonly used in the agriculture industry to decontaminate fresh produce, can make foodborne pathogens undetectable according to new research.

The overall aim of this research is to review currently available and applied decontamination strategies in fresh food products, study the attachment process and internalisation of pathogens on fresh produce, review and identify effective microbial decontamination strategies at different stages of the supply chain, and review the impact of different microbial decontamination strategies on antimicrobial resistance in fresh produce.

Research Location:

This PhD studentship will be located at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), Holbeach. NCFM is a satellite campus of the University of Lincoln and it is a major resource for the UK’s food industry with over 250 major companies accessing courses, technical services, and research. Clients include the major national and global food manufacturing businesses and we collaborate with many international partners and universities.

Project Time Scale: From July 2019 to July 2022.


The successful candidate will receive a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum.

Funding notes:

This project is fully funded by the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), University of Lincoln. The studentship covers both Home/EU and International tuition fees and a stipend at the RCUK 2018/19 rate of £14,777 per annum for a total of 36 months. The studentship is open to UK, EU and International students.

Supervisors: Dr Bukola Onarinde, Mr Mark Swainson, Dr Ron Dixon

PhD Candidate Specification/Eligibility criteria:

All candidates must satisfy the University’s minimum doctoral entry criteria for PhD studentships and must hold a first-class BSc degree or MSc/MRes degree in Food Microbiology, Food Science, or closely related science degree.

A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 7 (or equivalent) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Successful candidates should possess excellent communication skills and a strong problem-solving abilities. The candidate should be creative, diligent, resilience, enthusiasm, as well as have an interest in food microbiology and the application of scientific knowledge to the food industry.

How to Apply:

Candidates should submit their CV (including names of 2 academic referees), a one page covering letter, and personal statement outlining their interest, academic qualification and relevant research experience to Dr Bukola Onarinde (CC: & The application deadline is Sunday 12 May 2019 and the interviews are planned to take place shortly after the deadline.


Applicants seeking additional information should contact Dr Bukola Onarinde ( to discuss the project in more details. Please quote (Advert/Job reference) in the subject of all email correspondence.

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 in “New approaches to restoration of aquatic ecosystems – Integrating catchment and coastal processes to increase flood protection in tidally influenced rivers and estuaries”

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or higher upper second-class honours degree, and preferably a relevant Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or any related discipline, with excellent report-writing and English language communication skills and ability to work to deadlines.

Applicants should demonstrate a good understanding of hydrological and sediment transport and depositional processes in the riverine and/or coastal context and should be proficient GIS users (ArcGIS or other software). Coding skills and previous experience in Big Data analysis would be beneficial to the project.

How to Apply

Applications must comprise: 1-page covering letter, 2-page research proposal, 2-page CV, and be e-mailed to Mrs Fiona Burstow: An online application should also be submitted via the following link: .

Applications accepted until Sunday 10 March 2019

Interviews will take place in March 2019.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Mark Schuerch:

Download the full Studentship Document


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 

College of Social Science

MSc by Research: Studentship (fees only)

Reference number: HSC2019-2

Project leads: Professor Liz Mossop, Miss Ellie Forbes, Dr Catherine Oxtoby (VDS)

Project Title

Communication Failures and Their Role in Veterinary Insurance Claims and Patient Outcomes

Project Background

Communication failures are amongst the most common causes of errors in human medicine and have been identified as significant contributing factors to veterinary mistakes. They also contribute to at least 80% of civil and disciplinary cases dealt with by the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS). Communication failure is therefore acknowledged as a significant factor in veterinary mistakes and litigation, however there is little in the literature to investigate and quantify the specific types of communication failures which affect outcomes.

The aims of this study would be:

                1. Quantify the incidence of communication failures related to VDS negligence and misconduct claims

                2. Define and quantify the different types of communication failures related to claims

Project Outline

This is a one year full time project. A mixed methods paradigm will be used to develop a matrix of communication failure types specific for veterinary practice using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Methods will include a combination of retrospective record review and semi structured interviews with industry specialists, to identify and define the types of communication failure involved in claims to the Veterinary Defence Society. The findings would be triangulated against the literature from medical and other industries.

The successful candidate would be expected to present the findings of the study to the VDS.

Further Information and Application

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree and be a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS). Applicants should possess excellent report wiring and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

An application consisting of a 1-page CV and 1-page covering letter including a brief insight into the research topic area should be emailed to Maureen Young ( Please quote the project ID in the subject line of your email. Applicants called for interview will be required to complete an online application form.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor: Professor Liz Mossop

Closing Date: Monday 11th February 2019, 5pm

Interview dates: 25th & 28th February

Start date: March 2019 (TBC) 

Funding Eligibility

There is no stipend attached to this project to cover living expenses, however project fees are paid at the Home/EU rate and research expenses are also covered.

As such this position is only open to UK or EU residents.

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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.

Join Our Community

To find postgraduate research opportunities to suit your academic strengths and interests, you can browse the studentships listed above. Alternatively, you may wish to search our Staff Directory, Research Showcase, or Research Repository to identify academic experts or research centres with specialisms aligned to your chosen research topic.

For enquiries about postgraduate taught or postgraduate research programmes at the University of Lincoln, please contact our Postgraduate Team in the first instance on:

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