PhD Studentships

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The University of Salford is a member of selected Doctoral Training Partnerships, which aim to equip researchers with world-leading knowledge and skills appropriate to meeting the academic, professional and socio-economic demands of the twenty-first century. Students joining our Doctoral Training programmes will be active partners in shaping their own training and development as researchers and future leaders. They will enjoy access to outstanding resources and training provision within a collegial environment supporting them to produce excellent research.  In turn they will contribute to a world class research environment and engage in mutually beneficial knowledge exchange relationships.

Funded places on our Doctoral Training Partnerships are highly competitive – we advise you to check carefully the application criteria, and to contact potential supervisors at the earliest opportunity so that we can support you as fully as possible throughout the selection process.

Funding Schemes

AHRC funded PhD studentships - 2021-22 entry

Dr Paolo Sandro - 

Media and Cultural Studies

Dr Carole O’Reilly -


Dr Juan Hiriart Vera – 


Prof Alan Williams -

Visual Arts

Dr Toni Sant –

Application process

The competition is now open for applications for the 2021/22 academic year and potential applicants are invited to submit to the University of Salford as follows:

Stage 1

To apply for an NWC DTP award at the University of Salford, candidates must have applied for a place on a PhD programme at Salford by 15 January 2021.

Applications can be made to the University of Salford.

Please contact the relevant Pathway Representative at Salford with an expression of interest as soon as possible.

Stage 2

Candidates must then submit an NWCDTP funding application by Friday 5 February 2021 (5pm).


Ring fenced studentships

The NWCDTP is committed to equality of opportunity and working to ensure our student cohort reflects the diverse community we serve. We have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled groups are currently underrepresented on our programmes and across the UK university sector. The introduction of these measures follows a review of our recruitment processes and forms part of a three-year plan we have developed to achieve greater diversity and better equality outcomes.

One of the steps we are taking as part of that plan is to introduce ring-fenced studentships during 2021 and 2022. In 2021, we will guarantee studentships for one candidate with a known disability and one candidate from a BAME background. In 2022, we will guarantee two candidates from BAME backgrounds a studentship. Applicants from these groups will, of course, also be considered as part of our recruitment to all of the available studentships.

Applicants wishing to apply for one of the ring-fenced studentships will have the opportunity to identify themselves on the application form as wishing to be considered for these targeted studentships. Their applications will be considered as part of the standard award competition and will be subject to the same assessment criteria and schedule.

Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their interests with the relevant pathway representative and prospective supervisors before submission of a formal application to the University and to the NWC.

For general advice concerning the NWC studentship competition, please contact in the first instance.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics

About the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotic

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in prosthetics and orthotics combines expertise from the University of Salford, Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton with more than 25 global industry partners and national facilities.
We have assembled a world-leading set of research organisations to address important global health challenges in the prosthetic, orthotic and wider healthcare technology sector.

Our aim is to create a new generation of highly skilled researchers who are able to deliver the technology and service innovations needed to meet the aspirations of prosthetic and orthotic users.

Our training enables students to work across the continuum of skills required in the sector, understanding how high-quality and interdisciplinary science and engineering research can improve the everyday lives of people across the globe.

Did you know?        

  • 80-90% of prosthetic and orthotic users do not have access to appropriate services and devices (World Health Organisation 2018).            

There is a wide range of health problems that require prosthetic and orthotic devices and services:  

  • Globally, 1.2 million people each year experience a major amputation due to trauma, the vast majority are of working age, with average age in some areas being 35 years of age.          
  • In the UK a record high of 25,527 diabetes-related major/minor amputations occurred between 2013-2016 (Diabetes UK 2017), and many of these will require a prosthetic limb.          
  • There are 1.2 million stroke survivors, the UK's leading cause of disability and many use orthoses to support walking and use of hands (Stroke Association 2017).          
  • There will be 6.5 million people in the UK with knee arthritis by 2020 and 2.6 million of these will be of working-age . Many could benefit from specialist orthoses (Arthritis Research UK, 2014)          
  • Some 400,000 people in the UK have rheumatoid arthritis and rely upon orthoses to protect there upper and lower limb joints          
  • 30,000 children have cerebral palsy and use orthoses to help them walk (Arthritis Research UK, 2014).          

The EPSRC  Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics aims to address these important health care needs, producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers who can help deliver technology and service innovations needed to meet the aspirations of users, and the industry and  third  sector  agencies  supporting them.
Students study over 4 years at one of either the University of Salford, Imperial College London, University of Strathclyde or the University of Southampton. Students are immersed in authentic real-world academic, industry and clinical experiences, working directly  with  users  and  future employers from the outset.
Staff, students and partners will be excepted to commit to our EDI mission: to create an inspirational, inclusive learning, research and working environment, celebrating the diversity of our community in our everyday conversation.

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