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.

Funded PhD projects

Project titleSupervisor(s)
Modelling climate, oceanography, and carbonate production of corals in the Pliocene Professor Dan Lunt

Project description and more info (PDF, 149kB)

*Deadline 5th October 2019*

(Please note our applications system is closed from 16th Sept - 1st October)

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

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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