Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (NERC)Find a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Science Faculty of Life Sciences|
|Programme length||Three-and-a-half years full-time (minimum period of funding), four years full-time (maximum period of study)|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2021|
The Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP) comprises the University of Bristol, University of Bath, Cardiff University, University of Exeter, British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
The partnership provides a multidisciplinary training environment for postgraduate students in NERC sciences. Due to the nature of the funding, this programme is open primarily to UK students. EU student eligibility is still to be confirmed. There will be a limited number of studentships available to international students.
This NERC-funded doctoral training partnership programme offers studentships for 42 months within three research themes: Dynamic Earth, Living World and Changing Planet.
As part of your PhD studies, you will be offered training that equips you with a range of skills for future employment in many different working environments. You will be expected to attend training during your PhD and are encouraged to take up work placements. Details of training can be found at www.nercgw4plus.ac.uk.
PhD projects are available in earth and environmental science topics within the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Geographical Sciences. New projects are advertised annually from October on each school's website:
Fees for 2021/22
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- UK: part-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2021/22
Full studentships start September 2021.
International applicants (including EU)
Those not meeting the nationality and residency requirements to be treated as a ‘home’ student may apply for a limited number of full studentships for international students. Although international students are usually charged a higher tuition fee rate than ‘home’ students, those international students offered a NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership full studentship starting in 2021 will only be charged the ‘home’ tuition fee rate (which will be covered by the studentship). International applicants need to be aware that you will have to cover the cost of your student visa, healthcare surcharge and other costs of moving to the UK to undertake a PhD.
For any further information please follow the relevant links in the Project description in which you are interested.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
An upper second-class degree or higher (or international equivalent) in a discipline related to the PhD project for which you are applying, such as geology, biological sciences, environmental sciences, chemistry or geography. Some projects may be suitable for those with computing, mathematics, engineering and physics degrees. Applicants with additional relevant experience and/or a master's degree are encouraged to apply.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Our approach to training is centred around our three research themes:
- Dynamic Earth
- Natural hazards
- Solid earth and planetary geology
- Living World
- Ecology, conservation and biodiversity
- Genomes and evolution
- Biogeochemical cycles
- Changing Planet
- Atmospheres, oceans and ice
- Climate change impacts and sustainability
For information about potential PhD supervisors in Bristol, please see individual project entries relevant to the school to which you wish to apply.
8 January 2021
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. We welcome and encourage student applications from under-represented groups. We value a diverse research environment. If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement. 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.
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Get in touch
Frances Robertson Bristol NERC GW4+ DTP Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 5426 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Earth Sciences
Wills Memorial Building
Bristol BS8 1RJ
REF 2014 results
Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol; in particular, the scores for subject areas 7, 8, 9, 10 and 17a.
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.