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Research areas of interest

We are particularly interested in applications for doctoral research that address one or more of the following areas.

If you are interested in pursuing research in any of the listed topics, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Art and Design, Media and Performing Arts

Including the topics of

  • arts and interdisciplinary practice
  • history of art, design and architecture
  • cultural value
  • arts, health practice and wellbeing
  • new technologies and sustainability
  • creative ecologies and nature connections
  • photography and film
  • dance, drama and music.

Biological Sciences

Including the topics of

  • conservation
  • biodiversity
  • animal behaviour
  • ecosystem sustainability and evolution
  • oncology, virology and nutrition.

Business and Management

Including the topics of

  • supply chain management and logistics
  • accelerating the shift to a low carbon economy
  • transforming the customer experience
  • business networks
  • tourism development.

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

Including the topics of

  • identity, culture and representation
  • society, religion and belief
  • sociological and historical studies
  • English literature and language
  • history and heritage
  • American Studies including postwestern studies and War on Terror
  • culture, lifestyle and landscape
  • creative writing.

Computer Science and Mathematics

Including the topics of

  • cloud computing
  • computational physics, visualisation, high performance computing
  • data science and big data analytics
  • cyber security
  • green IT
  • distributed and intelligent systems.

Earth Systems and Environmental Science

Including the topics of

  • bio-geoscience
  • geological resources
  • environmental/palaeoenvironmental change
  • sustainable resource use (including policy)
  • climate change and its lived experience
  • bioavailability.


Including the topics of

  • careers education and guidance
  • educational philosophy
  • academic freedom
  • emotions in education and teaching
  • higher education.


Including the topics of

  • mechanical and manufacturing engineering, the built environment
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • product and process development
  • advanced manufacturing
  • embedded sensors and smart devices
  • energy and the environment
  • low carbon.

Health and Social Care

Including the topics of

  • public health
  • primary care and health services research
  • gender and health
  • arts, health and wellbeing research.


Including the topics of

  • medical law
  • criminal investigation
  • social justice
  • crime
  • offender management
  • policing.

You can apply for a research degree throughout the year. Postgraduate research students enrol at the University of Derby any time between August and May.

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