PhD research degrees

Research in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School offers postgraduate research opportunities leading to PhD degrees across the whole range of its research activities. 

Our degrees

Find out more about our research degrees and apply:

For details of funded projects, see ‘funding and studentships’ further down the page. 

There are opportunities for distance learning in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. If you are interested please contact Professor Jon Sadler in the first instance.

Funding and studentships

Funding comes from a variety of sources, including national research councils, internal scholarships and industry.

The School is the lead institution for the NERC-funded CENTA Doctoral Training Centre, which funds between five and seven PhD UK/EU studentships at Birmingham each year.

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

The School is also a participant in the NERC Oil and Gas Doctoral Training Centre, with one UK/EU Studentship per year. 

The University has been awarded three fully-funded PhD studentships within the NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) Air Quality and Health studentship competition.  The studentships will last 3.5 years.

Overseas international students with the potential for securing private, industrial or home-government scholarships are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly.  



Doctoral Researcher