Our postgraduate degrees are based on independent full-time research work, with an academic supervisor to guide you in discovering new and exciting areas.
Underpinned by substantial external funding, our vibrant research environment provides PhD and MPhil students with opportunities to work with world experts and use high-quality research equipment.
Each year we recruit approximately 15 students for PhD degrees, who benefit from participating in teaching exercises, School activities and essential skills-training experiences.
We have two types of PhD studentship:
- Studentships with guaranteed funding are made available through our funding database.
- Projects eligible for NERC funding are awarded through the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).
Descriptions of both DTP and non DTP PhD projects are advertised on the postgraduate research web pages when available. The DTP project titles are divided according to our ten research areas.
From deep within the Earth, through the crust, into the oceans and onto the land, the international quality of our research output is highlighted by our ranking of 4th in the UK within our discipline (REF 2014).
Our researchers are broadly divided into three research centres.
Centre for Solid Earth and Natural Resources
Our research deals with the composition and dynamic evolution of the Earth's mantle and crust, including its mineral and petroleum resources.
Centre for Geobiology and Geochemistry
Our research focuses on the Earth's surface, including in and under its oceans, where life has evolved and profoundly affected environments over billions of years.
Centre for Resilience and Change
We investigate the causes and consequences of changes in the Earth system, in the ocean, atmosphere and on land, from the geological past into the present and future.
Geoscience for Africa
Geoscience for Africa spans our three Centres offering expertise with local partners and collaborators to meet the geoscientific challenges of Africa.