Research projects for self-funded students

We are actively seeking self-funded students for the following research projects. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and you are very welcome to contact your department of interest to discuss research options.

You can find more information about the costs of studying a research programme, as well as advice on securing funding on our fees and funding pages.

If you are looking for a project with funding attached, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

 

Computer Science: Self-Funded PhD Project: Re-shaping the Expected Future

Computer Science: Self-Funded PhD Project: Re-shaping the Expected Future: Novel Interactions for Emergent Users

Closing date: Applications accepted throughout the year

Project description:

This is a non-funded PhD opportunity available at Swansea University's College of Science and based in the Department of Computer Science.

The concern in this project is for Base of the Pyramid (BoP) users, that is, those who are the most socio-economically disadvantaged. These BoP or Emergent users are the hundreds of millions of people from the poorest regions of the world. Challenges in these areas range from low technological and textual literacy, a paucity of relevant, appropriate content, to a lack of affordable, high-bandwidth data connections. 

The most likely future in the next 5–10 years is that emergent users will have access to handsets that “developed” world users are now taking for granted — devices that are equipped with rich sets of sensors, connectivity facilities and output channels.

While there is plentiful research on how to use and extend these platforms for more “natural” interaction, the work has largely been from a “first world” perspective; designed to fit a future, in terms of resource availability, cultural practice and literacy, that is out of joint with that lying ahead for emergent users. 

The aim of this project is to work with emergent end-users to radically innovate for key information interaction needs. The aspiration is to uncover fundamental, generally applicable interaction and transaction techniques for these sorts of users. In the developed world there are key base interfaces and interactions, such as textually-rich query-result search, drag and drop, document cutting and pasting, and persistent network-dependent content. A driving question in this work is, “what are the equivalents of these sorts of enabling interfaces for emergent users?”

Eligibility

Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Masters degree (with Merit) in a relevant discipline.

Funding

Please note that this is an unfunded PhD project.

How to Apply

Please send the following to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk:

A comprehensive CV to include:

  • Details of qualifications, including grades
  • Details of any current and relevant employment or work experience
  • A covering letter stating why the project you are applying for particularly matches your skills and experience and how you would choose to develop the project

 Informal enquiries about this project are welcome and may be directed to Matt Jones (matt.jones@swansea.ac.uk), Jennifer Pearson (j.pearson@swansea.ac.uk) or Simon Robinson (s.n.w.robinson@swansea.ac.uk).

Physics: Self-Funded PhD Project: Duality in Quantum Field Theory and String

Project Supervisors:

Closing date: Applications accepted throughout the year

Project description:

This is a non-funded PhD opportunity available at Swansea University's College of Science and based in the Department of Physics.

The aim of this project is to understand a number of dualities in String Theory, most notably the AdS/CT duality, then apply these dualities to calculate observables in gauge theories at strong coupling. The project will also aim to construct new geometries from different quantum field theories.

Solution generating techniques will be an essential tool in this project. Applications to condensed matter, particle physics and mathematical physics will be the most interesting and desirable outcome.

Eligibility

Candidates must have a first class degree and a Masters degree (with Merit) in either Physics or Mathematics. An important requirement for applicants is to have a very strong background in Quantum Field Theory and Gravity and String Theory. The successful candidate must pass a mathematically intensive interview process.

Funding

Please note that this is an unfunded PhD project.

How to apply:

Please send the following to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk:

A comprehensive CV to include:

  • Details of qualifications, including grades
  • Details of any current and relevant employment or work experience
  • A covering letter stating why the project you are applying for particularly matches your skills and experience and how you would choose to develop the project.

Informal enquiries about this project are welcome and may be directed to Prof. Carlos Nunez (c.nunez@swansea.ac.uk)

Mathematics: Self-Funded PhD Project: Commutative Algebra and Matroids

Mathematics: Self-Funded PhD Project: Commutative Algebra and Matroids

Closing date: Applications accepted throughout the year

Project Supervisors:

Project description:

This is a non-funded PhD opportunity available at Swansea University's College of Science and based in the Department of Mathematics.

Commutative algebra, the study of rings and ideals, is one of the pillars of 20th century mathematics, playing a major role in modern geometry and algebra.  Matroids appeared about 70 years ago and remain to this day important objects in discrete mathematics.  

The goal of this project is to push the tools and ideas of commutative algebra into a new and exciting frontier that has opened up in the last couple of years: tropical geometry and matroid theory.  

The principal project supervisor, Dr Giansiracusa, has been one of the world leaders in developing this new research direction and is at the forefront of its current development.  Together, we will study the shadow of commutative algebra that remains when linear algebra is replaced by the combinatorics/discrete mathematics of matroids, developing abstract tools and computer algorithms or relevance in algebraic geometry, number theory, and possibly other areas of mathematics.

Eligibility

Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Master's degree (with Merit) in a relevant discipline. 

This project will require a background in pure mathematics, with strength in algebra and particularly ring theory. Graph theory would also be desirable. Knowledge of computer algebra systems such as Mathematica, SAGE, GAP, or Maple would also be desirable but is not essential.

Funding

Please note that this is an unfunded PhD project.

How to Apply

Please send the following to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk:

A comprehensive CV to include:

  • Details of qualifications, including grades
  • Details of any current and relevant employment or work experience
  • A covering letter stating why the project you are applying for particularly matches your skills and experience and how you would choose to develop the project.

 Informal enquiries about this project are welcome and may be directed to Dr Jeffrey Giansiracusa (j.h.giansiracusa@swansea.ac.uk)