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Earth Sciences

Our School of Earth and Ocean Sciences' postgraduate research degrees are based on independent full-time research work, with an academic supervisor to guide you in discovering new and exciting areas.

PhD, MPhil Full-time, Part-time Programme

Organisms and Environment

The Organisms and Environment research division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health and at the genetic level.

PhD, MPhil, MD Full-time, Part-time Area

Climatic controls on landscape evolution

This project will investigate how landscapes evolve in response to climate forcing.


Differentiating taphonomic from evolutionary effects in early Palaeozoic carbonate systems

Two related hypotheses are proposed for testing through field studies on Cambro-Ordovician successions complemented by comparison of seafloor heterogeneity in modern carbonate settings.


Atmospheric CO2 variability during the Plio-Pleistocene

This project will produce reconstructions of atmospheric CO2 variability during key intervals in the past.


New constraints on CO2 using the boron isotope proxy

This project will explore the sensitivity to seawater pH and boron isotope composition in a range of biogenic calcite, including molluscs and fish otoliths.


Carbon negative electricity generation through mineral reactions

This project will directly address this knowledge gap by working across the engineering-earth science disciplinary boundary to provide an optimised design for the lime/limestone recycle system.


Bacterial endospores – shuttles to and from the deep biosphere?

Although spores are accumulating in the environment, their environmental significance is not understood.


Constraining mantle dynamics with geochemical observations

This project aims to constrain mantle dynamic models using the spatial distribution of observations of geochemical isotope anomalies.


Characterisation of volcanic emergence of the Panama Isthmus

This project will test the hypothesis that volcanic growth played a significant role in the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama.


Understanding post-earthquake landslide hazard mechanisms, Kaikoura, New Zealand

This project aims to understand the debris flow hazards caused by earthquakes.


Isotopic heterogeneity of the oceanic upper mantle: the crystal record

This project aims to provide new constraints on the extent and length scale of heterogeneity of the mantle, using a novel approach of in-situ isotopic analysis of lower oceanic crustal cumulates and MORB phenocrysts.


How did Earth’s earliest continents form? Novel isotopic window into the formation of the Pilbara and Yilgarn cratons (Western Australia)

The aim of this PhD project is to use a set of novel isotopic tools to gain new insights into processes leading to continental crust formation.


Developing frameworks for calibrating hydrological models using satellite gravity and altimetry data

This project aims to design calibration frameworks to use satellite derived terrestrial water storage (TWS) and surface water level (SWL) data for calibrating hydrological models.


Rocky coast geomorphology: the key to unlocking our archaeological heritage

Archaeological coastal sites play a crucial role in the cultural heritage of our country.


From watershed to reef: Reconstructing the history of land use change and coral reef health in Fiji

Coral reef systems are essential in Fiji for income generation through food and tourism, subsistence living, and coastal protection.


Assessing the potential of the marine bivalve Glycymeris glycymeris for providing novel geochemical baseline records from the Northeast Atlantic region

This project seeks to address current gaps in our understanding surrounding the influence the shell biology plays in moderating the geochemical signatures from the ambient seawater chemistry.


Source or sink? Seismic observations of mass and water transport to and from the mantle transition zone

This project aims to seismically characterise the manifestation of variable composition and material flux between the upper and lower mantle.


A template for the structural interpretation of heterogeneous subsurface units using advanced seismic attributes

This PhD project will focus on the quantitative analysis of high-quality seismic data from southeast Brazil, Norway, New Zealand, and the southern North Sea, all of which comprise hydrocarbon prospects and associated carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) sites.


Structural controls on gold mineralization in the Palaeoproterozoic Mako Volcanic Belt, Senegal

The aim of this project is to use the Mako Belt to improve our understanding of structural controls on gold deposits in four dimensions.


Quantifying the role of superficial geology in controlling groundwater recharge in drylands and its sensitivity to environmental change

The project aims to understand the role of superficial geology in governing the timing, magnitude and spatial distribution of groundwater recharge in drylands and its sensitivity to environmental change.


Formation of the world-class copper deposit at Mount Isa, Australia

The project aims to resolve the origin of the copper ore bodies at Mount Isa.


Constraining the petrogenesis and timing of the late magmatic events in the British Palaeogene Igneous Province

This PhD will extend your knowledge of the temporal geochemical evolution of the British Palaeogene Igneous Province by comparing earlier lava geochemistry with later magma compositions recorded by cross-cutting dykes.


Last gasp: Understanding the death of a truly ancient landscape in Lesotho, southern Africa

This project seeks to understand the processes controlling the destruction of the extant plateau remnant in Lesotho, and, in particular, the relative roles, interaction and persistence of fluvial downcutting and escarpment retreat.