PhD Opportunities


of research rated as outstanding or very considerable in the Research Excellence Framework 2021


of research rated as internationally excellent and world leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2021

Top 10

for Social Inclusion, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

Building on our outstanding REF results in 2021 which recognised nearly 70% of our research as “internationally excellent” and “world leading”, Staffordshire University is offering PhD opportunities to build on its areas of research excellence.

A wide range of PHD topics are currently available and are offered as either fully funded scholarships or self-funded opportunities.

University Scholarships are offered on a full-time, UK based, study basis only, and include:

  • A fee waiver equivalent to the home/international rate for up to 4 years
  • Tax-free stipend currently £17,668 per annum, for 3.5 years

*Company or charity sponsored scholarships may vary

Available projects

PhDs are available across our research themes.

Full details of all opportunities currently available and how to apply are listed on each individual project page, which you can find by browsing through the themes listed on this page. Applications will only be considered if they clearly relate to a specific call/project.

If you are unable to find a clear fit with any of the project outlines and you feel that you have a fully developed proposal in a complimentary area, you are encouraged to submit your own research proposal, clearly identifying synergy to one of the original calls/wider research themes.

Applications for individual led projects are also welcomed. For more information on Self Developed projects please make an enquiry.

Crime, Justice and Security

Culture, Heritage and Society

Engineering, Technology and Environment

Health, Wellbeing and Education

CARA Fellowship

Council for at Risk Academics

Staffordshire University are delighted to be part of the CARA Network

The Network aims to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between UK higher education and research institutions in support of persecuted and at-risk academics, and in the defence and promotion of academic and university freedoms worldwide. 135 UK universities and research institutes are currently working with them to support these aims.

As part of our support for this network we are currently offering a fully funded, dedicated PhD Scholarship including a fee waiver, stipend and subsidised accommodation to current CARA Fellows.

CARA Fellows can apply for any of the above PhD opportunities, however they must first contact CARA prior to any application being made.

Applications are open to all Cara Fellows who can start a PhD in May/September 2023.

Applicants will have to meet all of the Cara Fellowship Programme eligibility criteria to be considered for the award. If you have any questions, you can contact

If you have any questions, you can contact or

CARA application form
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Research Excellence Framework 2021