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 2021 (now closed)

The application deadline has now passed but a list of projects which were available for 2021 can be found below.

Project titleSupervisor(s)
Impact of accelerating Greenland ice melt on ocean circulation and global climate Professor Jonathan Bamber

Project description and more info (PDF, 427kB)

Catastrophic flooding under climate change Professor Paul Bates

Project description and more info (PDF, 375kB)

Warming without Warning? Investigating the understudied impacts of climate change on extreme heat in Africa Dr Rachel James

Project description and more info (PDF, 359kB)

Improving predictability of flash droughts and their impacts in East African drylands Dr Katerina Michaelides

Project description and more info (PDF, 404kB)

Exploring the future of the marine N2O cycle Dr Fanny Monteiro

Project description and more info (PDF, 356kB)

Dates, rate and fate of coastal pollution in the last century using new 210Pb techniques Dr David Richards

Project description and more info (PDF, 383kB)

Genome evolution of marine cyanobacterial symbionts Dr Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo

Project description and more info (PDF, 299kB)

Climate change’s impact on extreme UK drought and flood risk Dr Peter Watson

Project description and more info (PDF, 330kB)

Frozen-in: characterising the micro-environment of ice inhabiting microbes Dr Christopher Williamson

Project description and more info (PDF, 370kB)

Other PhD projects (including China Scholarship Council studentships)

These are suggested projects for which we currently have no funding. They would be ideal for holders of scholarships (including the China Scholarship Council), or self-funded students. 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.

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)

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).

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