PhD projects within the School of Earth Sciences for September 2017 entry can be found here. It will be expected that you contact potential supervisors in advance of submitting an application.

Unless otherwise stated, all projects are eligible for full funding via our NERC GW4+ postgraduate training award. Please see the GW4+ website for further details.  Students may also be funded from a variety of UK and international industry and government sources.  Funded studentships for which we are currently recruiting are advertised below. 

Other, fully funded projects available:

*New*The GW4+ DTP is now accepting applications for 3 fully-funded studentships on projects that cover the breadth of earth and environmental sciences commencing September 2017. studentships will provide funding for stipend and fees (currently £14553 and £4195 per annum respectively) a Research and Training Support Grant of £11,000 and a training budget of £4,000 for 42 months (3.5 years).  All projects will be CASE projects with input into project development from key end-user communities.


When applying for the GW4+DTP please select 'NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Programme DTP PhD' in the Programme Choice page drop down menu. When you reach the end of the application pages, after the CV page, on the Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (NERC) page please specify the School of your project choice. You will need to make a separate application for each project.

Please note that unless applying for the GW4+DTP you should select PhD in Geology as the programme.

If you have any questions, please contact the Postgraduate Administrator via email

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General information on postgraduate admissions can be found on the University postgraduate webpages

NERC GW4+DTP research projects for 2017

The NERC GW4+DTP projects listed below are typical of the type of projects the School offers. The deadline for submitting applications to the GW4+DTP starting in September 2017 was 6th January 2017.  If you have an alternative source of funding and wish to undertake a PhD starting in 2017 your first action should be to contact one of the project supervisors to discuss potential research areas and funding requirements before making an application. Potential supervisors may also be found on our people page. Please note, we are unable to consider an application if you do not identify a proposed supervisor and research area.

Did you know?

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded the University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences six research studentships each year in recent years in addition to NERC Open CASE and tied studentships.

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