Falmouth University invites MPhil and PhD project proposals that align with and respond to the Doctoral Project briefs.
About Doctoral Project briefs
Doctoral Project briefs are prospective research calls devised by Falmouth University staff to indicate our priority areas of research interest for research degree applicants.
Each brief considers our overarching Research & Innovation strategy and has been subsequently designed to align with one, or more, of our Research & Innovation themes and one, or more, of our transdisciplinary Research & Innovation programmes. It's expected that research MPhil and PhD applicants will emphasise the link between their proposed project idea and at least one of our Research & Innovation themes and programmes within their application.
Doctoral Project briefs are expressed in the form of challenges and have been designed to elicit a range of creative responses. In each case, it is imperative that applicants are able to demonstrate an imaginative, methodologically robust and independent response to the thematic area.
How to apply
Responding to a Doctoral Project brief is a straight-forward process, simply:
- Check out the Doctoral Project briefs: we list them below so you can find the challenge you'd like to explore during your research PhD or MPhil.
- Check out the Research & Innovation programme aligned with the Project brief to understand the drivers behind the Project call.
- Check out our Research & Innovation themes and strategy pages to understand the wider context of the Project briefs.
- Check out our How to Apply for a research degree page for key dates, and to start your application.
We have a range of options to help you fund your research degree. Applicants responding to any of our Doctoral Project briefs are eligible to be considered for a Falmouth Doctoral Studentship or to make use of a Doctoral Loan.
List of project briefs
Creative Industries Futures
Futures of podcasting and audio journalism
We're looking for theoretical and and practice-based doctoral project proposals which explore production, texts or audiences for audio/...
Sound and the Environment
This project invites PhD candidates to explore the interrelatedness of sound and the environment through practice-based and theory-based...
Design for Health and Wellbeing
Digital healthcare interfaces
This doctoral project develops on existing research that utilises 3D scanning technology to capture patient geometry and aid the creation...
Chatbots for Students
This research will help provide an evidence-led approach to student support in higher education settings and lay the foundations for...
Healthcare innovation support
The researcher will work with focus groups of medical experts and innovators to understand potential barriers and how to support the...
Re-thinking diagnosis: an artistic approach to diagnosis in mental health
The aim of this practice-led research project is to contribute to existing knowledge surrounding the concept of diagnosis through a studio-...
This doctoral-level research and development project proposes to explore approaches to digital event broadcast and participation.
Digital Entrepreneurship and Financial Innovation
Investigating the success of SMEs in rural locations
This project builds upon existing staff research on the importance that SMEs contribute to the economy - GDP growth, innovation, employment...
The role of universities in the creation of regional innovation ecosystems in rural environments
Falmouth University, together with regional Stakeholders such as Cornwall Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership, is looking at new...
This project invites applicants to consider the similarities and differences between business incubation university vs outside.
Based within Falmouth’s Institute of Photography, but working with partners locally and globally, you will undertake profile-raising,...
Inequality and Storytelling
Beneath the surface
This project is undertaking research to identify, collect, and share previously lost or disparate audio-visual artefacts.
Cornwall’s Creative Hub
Proposals employing a transdisciplinary methodological approach to exploring the potential of these resources in the development of local...
Exploring majority and minority perspectives of heritage and identity through theatre
With European partner universities, the project is looking at Kernewek (Cornish), Livonian (Latvia and Estonia), and Frisian (The...
Festivals, community, and meaning
This project should explore the social dynamics of the persistence of processional dance and evolution in the context of Cornish examples.
Form and Fury
This project will contribute research into regional filmmaking in the UK, Celtic and ‘Small Nation’ cinemas, artist archives, screen...
Leveraging digital collections for language revitalisation
This project is designed to dovetail with the current Re:voice project, which is exploring studies the relationships between majority and...
This Call for Doctoral research is looking for candidates whose remit would comprise collecting and illustrating narrative accounts of...
Stories and counter-stories
This doctoral project should engage and build on work to focus on the layers of stories surfaced in the content of the found artefacts, in...
Temporary exhibitions and diversity
A research project looking into evaluating the impact and short- and long-term effects of temporary exhibitions and diversity.
Traditional crafts, contemporary identities
The proposal allies closely to the theme of creative connected communities, exploring geographically and culturally diverse practices that...
Imagining the future of UK film education in universities
This doctoral programme seeks to bring together pedagogical design for film education with a vital civic and cultural responsibility.
This research will help provide an evidence-led approach to computing education in secondary-level settings and pave the way for a more...