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.

Angus Mitchell PhD Scholarship for 2021

GES is able to offer one Angus Mitchell PhD scholarship to begin 2021 (entry date is flexible, ranging from June to October). This award is kindly funded by a bequest from Mrs Miriam Carol Mitchell, wife of one of our graduates, Dr (Charles) Angus Mitchell (BSc 1958, PhD 1964). The PhD studentship is intended to benefit a student undertaking research in the Earth or Natural Sciences, and provides for UK tuition costs* as well as a stipend over the course of three years and the provision of up to £1500 per annum in research monies.

Competition process

Eligible GES staff have created projects suitable for an Angus Mitchell PhD awardee (listed below). The scholarship can only support one PhD student, and so we invite applicants to reply to one of these projects using the following application process:

Please submit to Prof. Deborah Dixon (Deborah.dixon@glasgow.ac.uk) by January 31, 5pm UK time:

  • university transcripts,
  • a (maximum) two-page CV, and
  • a cover letter (maximum 1000 words) that outlines how your experience provides a match with the project and your plans to take the project forward if successful.

Please also arrange for a letter of reference to be sent to Prof. Dixon by January 31, 5pm.

 

Selection Process

Stage 1. After the application deadline project supervisors will select their top candidate to move forward to stage 2.

Stage 2. An internal assessment team will select a shortlist for interview

Stage 3. The preferred candidate will be asked to undertake a formal application to the university of Glasgow Graduate School and to confirm acceptance of the award.

* 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 such as self-funding.

 

Project Options

Option One, Project Title: A data driven multiscale approach for understanding the Solar Systems oldest materials. Supervisors: Dr Luke Daly, and Dr Joshua Einsle

Option Two, Project Title: Deep carbon and planetary evolution. Supervisors: Dr Lydia Hallis and Dr Joshua Einslie

Option Three, Project Title: A laser vision of magmatism and geodynamics in the Caledonian orogen. Supervisors: Dr Iain Neill, Dr John MacDonald, Dr Mark Wildman, Dr Eddie Dempsey

Option Four Project Title: New tools in detrital thermochronology to decipher the evolution of the central Alps. Supervisors: Dr Cristina Persano, Dr Amanda Owen, Dr Mark Wildman and Prof Finlay Stuart

Option Five, Project Title: Quantitative basin-scale predictive models of volcano-sedimentary architecture: implications for resources and hazards. Supervisors: Dr Amanda Owen, Dr David Brown

Option Six, Project Title: Rocks of the Future: how do anthropogenic rocks form and what challenges and opportunities do they pose? Supervisors: Dr John MacDonald, Dr Iain Neill, Dr Amanda Owen, Dr Mark Wildman

Option Seven, Project Title: Spatial variability in meander characteristics. Supervisors: Dr Amanda Owen, Dr John MacDonald, Dr Richard Williams

Option Eight, Project Title: Volatiles and Volcanoes. Supervisors: Dr Luke Daly, Dr Joshua Einsle, Dr Lydia Hallis


College Scholarship (Human Geography) for 2021

GES is able to offer one College Scholarship to begin October, 2021. The scholarship will be awarded to a student of outstanding ability and academic potential seeking to undertake a PhD on a topic that complements the current research activities of the Human Geography Research Group (HGRG). The HGRG research themes can be found here https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/ges/research/humangeographyresearch/, and a list of HGRG staff here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/ges/research/humangeographyresearch/hgrgstaffresearchinterests/.

The award provides for UK tuition costs* as well as an annual stipend in line with the Research Council rate (currently £15,285) over the course of three and a half years, and the provision of up to £1000 per annum in research monies.

* 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.

Competition process

We invite applicants to apply by submitting:

  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, maximum 500 words, 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).

 

Please send these documents to Prof Deborah Dixon (Deborah.Dixon@glasgow.ac.uk) by 5pm (Glasgow time) 31st January, 2021. Applications after this time/date will not be considered.

 

Applicants should also ask one referee to send a reference letter in support of their application to Deborah.Dixon@glasgow.ac.uk by January 31st, clearly stating the name of the applicant and the project in the email subject line.

 

Selection Process

  • Stage 1. After the application deadline the proposed PhD supervisors will select their top candidate from applicants naming them to move forward to Stage 2.
  • Stage 2. The HGRG staff will assess applications to select a shortlist for (online) interview.
  • Stage 3. The preferred candidate will be asked to undertake a formal application to the University of Glasgow Graduate School, and will be proposed for approval by the College of Science and Engineering so that a formal offer can be made by the end of March 2021.