PhD research degrees

The School offers postgraduate research opportunities leading to PhD degrees across the whole range of its research activities, with funding coming from a variety of sources, including national research councils, internal scholarships and industry.

Phd research student in the labPostgraduate students joining the School benefit from a thriving research community, expert supervision, dedicated training programmes and the opportunity to participate in research seminars and discussions with academic staff. 

All postgraduate students are provided with dedicated workspaces and have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities.

We offer the research programmes in the following fields:

Information on studying for a PhD by Distance Learning can be found here.

PhD Research projects

The School has access to a number of NERC PhD studentships (at Home and EU fee level) to offer to doctoral researchers in the Environmental Health Sciences, Geosystems, Water Sciences research groups.

GEES will also put forward candidates for projects in the Society, Economy and Environmentand Centre for Urban and Regional Studies research groups for ESRC and AHRC studentships as appropriate.

View PhD project opportunites by research group.

Science without Borders

The Science without Borders programme offers funding for Brazilian postgraduates to study in the UK.

Under the scheme students can study for a PhD in science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects at a UK university for 3-4 years. 

The scholarships cover:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Bench fees (the maximum amount available for tuition and bench fees combined is £20k per year)
  • A generous stipend paid directly to the student 

For information on applying visit the Brazilian government’s website.

Brazilian funding agencies no longer provide pre-sessional English courses for PhD students. However students can access a free online English course.

Application deadlines

There will be three calls in 2015, covering PhDs that start between July 2015 and July 2016. It is important that students apply to the correct call for their proposed start date. 

Call 1:

  • Application deadline: 19 December 2014 
  • Results announced: 15 April 2015
  • Start of scholarship: Between July and August 2015

Call 2: 

  • Application deadline: 23 April 2015
  • Results announced: 14 August 2015 
  • Start of scholarship: Between January and February 2016 

Call 3: 

  • Application deadline: 21 August 2015 
  • Results announced: 15 December 2015 
  • Start of scholarship: Between June and July 2016