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:
- Life on the seafloor: What limits nutrient cycling in marine sponges? (Main Supervisor: Dr Kate Hendry) Life on the seafloor (PDF, 201kB)
- Marine sediments and seafloor nutrient cycling in a changing Arctic (Main Supervisor: Dr Kate Hendry) ChAOS Project (PDF, 197kB)
- Speed Dating with ion specificity: in situ Rb-Sr ages using novel mass - spectrometry. (Prof Tim Elliott) Speed Dating with Specificity (PDF, 68kB)
- Natural Hazards: Seismic (Main supervisor Dr Max Werner). In partnership with EPSRC. See EPSRC Future Opportunities Fund for more information.
Below we outline potential PhD projects in Planetary Sciences, that could be funded through an STFC studentship award to the School of Earth Sciences. Candidates are free to contact potential supervisors to discuss planning somewhat different projects along similar themes. Applications should be submitted by 20th March.
- Formation of a solar system (Main Supervisor: Dr Zoe Leinhardt) Formation of the solar system (PDF, 308kB)
- Mars’ atmosphere and climate from infra-red spectroscopy (Main Supervisor: Dr Nick Teanby) Mars infrared (PDF, 308kB)
Titan: Exploring planetary atmospheres and climate with infra-red spectroscopy (Main supervisor: Dr Nick Teanby) Titan infrared (PDF, 312kB)
53Mn-53Cr systematics of chondrules and the chronology of the early solar system (Main supervisor: Dr Ian Parkinson) Chrondules (PDF, 218kB)
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 email@example.com.
General information on postgraduate admissions can be found on the University postgraduate webpages http://www.bris.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/.
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.
- A Ca Isotope Perspective on Continental Growth (Supervisor: Dr Chris Coath) A Ca Isotope (PDF, 361kB)
- Anticipating the next very large volcanic eruption formation and transport of volcanic ash (Supervisor: Professor Katharine Cashman) Volcanic eruption (PDF, 197kB)
- Critters in space: How did the waters bears (Phylum Tardigrada) evolve adaptions allowing space survival? (Supervisor: Professor Davide Pisani) Critters in Space (PDF, 1,118kB)
- Hadean Mantle Evolution (Supervisor: Professor Tim Elliott) Hadean Mantle (PDF, 87kB)
- Hidden oceans: water in the deep Earth (Supervisor: Dr Oliver Lord) Hidden oceans (PDF, 982kB)
- High latitude influence on ocean circulation during major climate events (Supervisor: Professor Laura Robinson) Latitude influence (PDF, 175kB)
- Imaging the Earth's Dynamic Mantle (Supervisor: Dr James Wookey) Imaging the Earth (PDF, 350kB)
- Magmatic Processes and Eruption Variability at Mount Taranaki, NZ (Supervisor: Professor Heidy Mader) Mount Taranaki (PDF, 577kB)
- Pathways to parasitism in the kinetoplastids (Supervisor: Dr Tom Williams) Pathways to parasitism (PDF, 391kB)
- Patterns, processes, rates and constraints, in the evolution of morphological disarity (Supervisor: Professor Philip Donoghue) Morphological disparity (PDF, 987kB)
- Phylogeny and function of the basal sauropodomorph dinosaur Thecodontosaurus antiquus (Supervisors: Professor Michael Benton and Professor Emily Rayfield) PhD-Theco (PDF, 118kB)
- Postseismic Deformation and Earthquake Triggering (Supervisors: Dr Max Werner and Dr Juliet Biggs) Postseismic (PDF, 210kB)
- Pterosaur gigantism and the quadrupedal launch: how did the largest airborne animals get off the ground? (Supervisor: Professor Emily Rayfield) Pterosaur gigantism (PDF, 378kB)
- Rate and amplitudes of climate change - are there tipping points in pelagic ecosystems (Supervisor: Professor Daniela Schmidt) Climate change (PDF, 236kB)
- Sub-volcanic breccias: combining ore deposit, volcanology and geophysical perspectives (Supervisor: Dr Alison Rust) Sub-volcanic breccias (PDF, 1,680kB)
- Tectonic and Climate controls on porphyry copper enrichment in the Central Andes (Supervisor: Dr Frances Cooper) Tectonic climate controls (PDF, 8,903kB)
- The dynamics of porosity and reactive surface area changes controlling water-rock interaction (Supervisor: Dr Fiona Whitaker) Dynamics of Porosity (PDF, 2,342kB)
- The production and retention of mineral nutrients in soils of the karst critical zone of southwest China (Supervisor: Dr Heather Buss) Mineral nutrients in soils (PDF, 368kB)
- Titan: Exploring planetary atmospheres and climate with infra-red spectroscopy (Dr Nick Teanby) Titan (PDF, 970kB)
- Towards real-time seismic monitoring of volcanoes for hazard mitigation (Supervior: Professor Michael Kendall) Seismic monitoring (PDF, 124kB)
- Unravelling the Tectonic History and economic potential of Malawi (Supervisor: Dr Juliet Biggs) Tectonic history (PDF, 739kB)
- Using Spanish colonial records from the Kingdom of Quito to reconstruct ENSO events of the 16th-19th centuries (Supervisor: Dr Erica Hendy) Spanish colonial records (PDF, 76kB)
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.