PhD in Physical Geography

There are many opportunities for carrying out a PhD in Physical Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences, with several different funding routes.

A list of currently available projects is shown below. This list is not exhaustive, so if you have another idea or project in mind, please contact one of the supervisors listed below, other potential supervisors or the postgraduate admissions tutors to discuss and develop further.

NERC GW4 DTP Projects 2020

The application deadline is 1600 hours GMT Monday 6 January 2020 and interviews will take place between 10 and 21 February 2020. To apply for this programme, you must select 'Faculty of Science' and then 'NERC Great Western Four plus Doctoral Training Partnership (PhD)' within the online application form. You should refer to the project and supervisor in your application, indicate in the funding section that you will be funded by the GW4+ DTP, and choose the correct school of study. Please note that although an applicant may be successful in being nominated by a supervisor for a particular project, they are not guaranteed a studentship until they have been successful following an interview.

Project titleSupervisor(s)
Oceans losing breath: is anthropogenic climate change to blame for recent ocean deoxygenation? Dr Oliver Andrews

Project description and more info (PDF, 292kB)

The impact of global warming on hurricane-induced storm surges in the Caribbean Dr Rory Bingham

Project description and more info (PDF, 273kB)

Modelling coupled human-water systems: Characterising human-water interactions and their impacts on future water scarcity Dr Gemma Coxon

Project description and more info (PDF, 664kB)

Estimating greenhouse gas emissions using the next generation of satellite observations Dr Anita Ganesan

Project description and more info (PDF, 505kB)

The temperature of our planet – modelling and understanding 500-million years of climate change Professor Dan Lunt

Project description and more info (PDF, 377kB)

Microbial life and carbon cycling in glaciers environments Dr Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo

Project description and more info (PDF, 181kB)

Advancing the study of photosynthetic life in extreme cryo-environments Dr Chris Williamson

Project description and more info (PDF, 249kB)

Other PhD projects

These are suggested projects for which we currently have no funding. They would be ideal for holders of scholarships, or self-funded students.

Project titleSupervisor(s)
Closing the Ocean Carbon Cycle Professor Paul Valdes

Project description and more info (PDF, 321kB)

Caves as a window on land-atmosphere coupling in the carbon cycle Dr David Richards

Project description and more info (PDF, 279kB)

Evolution and diversity of novel marine nitrogen-fixing organisms and their impact on global climate

Dr Fanny Monteiro

Project description and more info (PDF, 227kB)

Developing regional scale hydrodynamic models Dr Jeff Neal

Project description and more info (PDF, 195kB)

Desert dust and ancient oceans: Implications for climate and atmospheric CO2

Professor Dan Lunt

Project description and more info (PDF, 340kB)

The impacts of land use change on climate, data and model analysis

Dr Jo House

Project description and more info (PDF, 339kB)

Using observations from space and the deep ocean to uncover the ocean's role in climate change

Dr Rory Bingham

Project description and more info (PDF, 208kB)

Atmospheric methane on the rise: investigating the drivers of methane’s abrupt changes Dr Anita Ganesan

Project description and more info (PDF, 266kB)

Hydrology and hydraulics of the Amazon floodplain Professor Paul Bates

Project description and more info (PDF, 318kB)

Current and future European flood risk Professor Paul Bates

Project description and more info (PDF, 127kB).

Palaeoenvironmental controls on the accumulation of hydrocarbon source rocks in Paratethys Dr Rachel Flecker

Project description and more info (PDF, 63kB).

Developing regional scale hydrodynamic models Dr Jeff Neal

Project description and more info (PDF, 279kB).

Exploring the Subglacial Biogeochemical Reactor and its Role in Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate Professor Martyn Tranter

Project description and more info (PDF, 87kB).

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