The PhD project titles at participating universities were announced on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at the Geological Society of London’s Careers event, held at the Society’s Burlington House headquarters in London.

The 36 project titles in the listing below have been approved for recruitment by the CDT’s Project Award Committee and there are 18 full-funded PhD positions available across the academic partnership for study commencing mid-September to early October 2020.  Applicants must apply separately to each university hosting project(s) that they are interested in.  You can apply for as many projects across as many of the CDT academic partners as you like.  Applicants are welcome to contact project supervisors directly for more information about the project.

Studentships are fully funded for 4 years and cover tuition fees and stipend at the UK Research & Innovation recommended levels for each year of study.  For the 2020/21 academic session, this is £4,327 for fees and £15,009 for stipend.  Studentships also provide a generous £20,000 individual allowance to cover costs associated with pursuing the PhD over the 4-year study period e.g. conference travel, data collection, equipment purchase, travel to and from CDT training courses.  The studentship period is 4 years in order to accommodate the CDT’s bespoke 20-week residential training programme, attendance on which is a condition of acceptance of a funded CDT studentship.

Funding of tuition fees is at the UK level which currently also applies to EU students but this may change in respect of the later years of study depending on the outcome of Brexit negotiations and the stance adopted by each participating CDT university.  EU and International students are therefore advised to contact the hosting university to check whether additional funding is available to cover the potential difference in fee levels charged to Home and International students before submitting an application.

Hosting universities set their own application deadlines and conduct their own interview processes.  All partners have agreed a common date of 29th May 2020 by which applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.  Successful candidates are asked to respond to offer(s) of a position by 19th June 2020.

Before you apply, you might be interested to hear what existing CDT students say about their experience, and the benefits of the transition to the new research themes of the GeoNetZero CDT .

University of Aberdeen (2 positions available)

Contact

Professor Rob Butler
School of Geosciences
ABERDEEN,
AB24 3UE   

Email: Rob.Butler@abdn.ac.uk,
Tel: +44 (0)1224 273452

How to Apply

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php    Application deadline: 31st March 2020


University of Dundee (1 position available)

Contact

Professor Sue Dawson
Geography & Environmental Science
DUNDEE
DD1 4HN

Email: s.dawson@dundee.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1382 384436

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pgr/research-areas/geography-environmental-science/                      Application deadline: 17th April 2020


University of Durham (2 positions available)

Contact

Professor Andy Aplin
Department of Earth Sciences
DURHAM
DH1 3LE

Email: A.C.Aplin@durham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2300

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.dur.ac.uk/earth.sciences/postgraduate/research/phd/ 

Application deadline: 9th April 2020


University of Exeter (1 position available)

Contact

Please contact project supervisors directly.

Camborne School of Mines
Penryn Campus
Cornwall
TR10 9FE

Email: R.Crane@exeter.ac.uk
           K.Moore@exeter.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1326 370400

How to Apply

How to apply: Please follow the links within each project description above which will take you directly to Exeter’s online application system.  Application deadline: 31st March 2020


Heriot-Watt University (4 positions available; 2 of which are industry-funded additions)

Contact

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society Research Team
EDINBURGH
EH14 4AS

Email: egis-pgr-apps@hw.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 451 4603

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm.  Application deadline: 17th April 2020


Keele University (1 position available)

Contact

Dr Stuart Clarke
Geology, Geography and the Environment
KEELE
ST5 5BG

Email: S.M.Clarke@keele.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1782 733171

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduateresearch/researchareas/geologygeoscience/

Application deadline: 31st March 2020


University of Newcastle (1 position available) 

Contact

Dr Mark Ireland
School of Natural & Environmental Sciences
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
NE1 7RU

Email: mark.ireland@ncl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)191 208 6900

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/

Application deadline: 1st May 2020


University of Nottingham/University of Birmingham (1 position available)

Contact

Professor Sean Rigby
Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
NOTTINGHAM
NG7 2RD

Email: sean.rigby@nottingham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)115 951 4078

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/research.aspx     

Application deadline: 29th April 2020


University of Plymouth (1 position available)

Contact

Dr Michelle Harris

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
PLYMOUTH
PL4 8AA 

Email: geesenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1752 584709

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/research-degrees/applicants-and-enquirers


Royal Holloway University of London (2 positions available)

Contact

Dr Nicola Scarselli
Department of Earth Sciences
EGHAM
TW20 0EX  

Email: nicola.scarselli@rhul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1784 276345

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studying-here/applying/         Application deadline: 20th May 2020


University of Strathclyde (2 positions available)

Contact

Professor Zoe Shipton
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
GLASGOW
G4 0NG  

Email: zoe.shipton@strath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)141 548 3183

How to Apply

How to apply: https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/postgraduateresearch/yourapplicationoffer/