Postgraduate research opportunities

Our Geology and Environmental Sciences PhD programmes are suitable for students wishing to pursue a PhD which aligns to one of our Earth Systems Research Group themes. Often staff work across themes and are happy for you to get in contact with them to discuss your proposed research. Staff contact details are contained within each of the theme pages.  

Our Human Geography PhD programme is suitable for students wishing to pursue a PhD which aligns to one of our Human Geography Research Group themes.

College Scholarship (Earth Systems) for 2022/23

ESRG College-Funded Scholarship Competition 2022

Applications are invited for the College-funded Earth Systems Research Group (ESRG) Scholarship competition. The scholarship will be awarded to a student of outstanding ability and academic potential seeking to undertake a PhD on a research topic that complements the current research activities in the Earth Systems Research Group. Details of the ESRG research themes (Global Landscapes & Climate Change, Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution, and Life`s Interactions with Dynamic Environments) can be found at: This award provides for a UK tuition fee waiver* and stipend (expected to be £15,609 per year in 2022-23) over 3.5 years, with the PhD to begin October 3rd, 2022. There is an additional provision of up to £1000 per annum in research monies.

Application Process and Schedule:

The application is student-led, and applicants are required to submit: 

(1) A Research Proposal of maximum 2000 words (in Word, not PDF) comprising title, proposed supervisor(s), introduction to the project, aims and objectives, research context, policy context and potential impact (if relevant), research methodology, provisional schedule, and bibliography;

(2) A two-page CV;  

(3) Applicant statement, explaining in 500 words or less, how your qualifications, skills, attributes and experience fit with the requirements of the proposed research project. You may include reference to relevant education, training, work/voluntary experience and personal interests;

(4) Degree transcripts in English (Undergraduate and Masters, if relevant). Applicants should also ask one referee to send a reference letter in support of their application to, clearly stating the name of the applicant and the project in the email subject line.


Please send these documents to with the subject ESRG Scholarship by 5pm (UK time), Monday 31st January 2022. Applications after this time/date will not be considered.


Applications will be ranked by a small panel of ESRG staff members (with no conflict of interest), taking into account academic excellence and fit with the ESRG’s research themes.

The top 3 shortlisted applicants will be interviewed (using Skype/Zoom or in person) circa February 21st, 2022.

The preferred candidate will be proposed for approval by the College of Science and Engineering so that a formal offer can be made by the start of March 2022.


* The award covers UK tuition fee costs. There may be scope for an international tuition fee waiver to be provided by the School for an outstanding candidate, but this is not guaranteed. International applicants may consider providing the difference between UK tuition fees and international tuition fees through alternate sources.