Postgraduate Research

Graduation January 2015The Department of Geology is a great place to be a research student – we are a vibrant community of researchers who are supported by excellent analytical and computing research facilities. Our departmental research broadly falls within three thematic groups: Volcanoes, Tectonics and Mineral Resources, Palaeobiology, Palaeoclimates and Palaeoenvironments and Geophysics, Rock Physics and Borehole Research. We offer a PhD topics, within and linking across these themes, with funding available through a range of schemes, including the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership CENTA, College of Science and Engineering schemes, and industry funding.

Funding Opportunities

The College of Science and Engineering has announced 16 funded PhD studentships available for October 2017 entry. You can find the exciting projects being offered by Geology along with contact details for enquiries and how to apply on our College websiteThe application deadline is noon on the 10th April 2017.

Why Study With Us?

Dissecting fish in our laboratory

All our PhD students have two supervisors from our academic staff. Many students also have supervisors who are external to the department and we have excellent links with industry and a range of learned societies. At a departmental-level, we encourage engagement and access to the breadth of active research. All PhD students are involved in discussion-based 'lab groups’ that typically meet weekly to fortnightly. These lab groups are academic-led but postgraduate research focused. The groups bring together researchers in related fields from across the department, and from Masters to professorial level to exchange ideas and discuss key topics in informal, informed sessions. We have weekly Departmental Research Seminars during academic terms with invited speakers from the UK and international geoscience research community. An annual departmental Postgraduate Research Seminar Session showcases the wide range research by all our PhD students, where the Sylvester Bradley Prize is awarded.

Research fieldworkThere are University events that provide opportunities for our PGR students to discuss and showcase their research to the wider University and beyond, including the Festival of Postgraduate Research. As part of the festival there is a PhDepictions photography competition and a three-minute thesis event. The department encourages engagement in teaching activities through paid demonstrating in undergraduate practical classes and through demonstrating on first- and second-year field work modules.

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Further information for prospective International PhD applicants

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