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Doctoral studies, PhD students, open projects, NERC and other funding bodies

Although many people do a PhD in order to go into academia, it can also be very beneficial for careers in industry and the private sector. A PhD is hard work and takes at least 3 years to complete, so you need to find a suitable topic, which will engage your enthusiasm and interest for the long-haul.

Avaliable Topics

Funded, NERC & other body projects open for applications.

ES Funded projects open for applications

If you are interested in applying to do a specific PhD project in our Department(self-initiated, self-funded or through a non-DTP studentship), you should direct your initial enquiry to the named supervisor (or co-supervisor) who can guide you further. In cases of uncertainty, you may also direct your enquiry to the Graduate Tutor. Once a supervisor has agreed in principle to supervise your project, or if you are applying for a specific funded studentship, you must complete a formal UCL PhD application.

Earth Sciences open projects

At present we do not have any new PhD projects available.

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The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

The PhD topics shown here are representative examples of projects offered by our department that are eligible for funding through the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The London DTP offers between 30-40 studentships per year covering all aspects of earth and environmental science, hosted by one of nine different London-based academic institutions including UCL.

If you are interested in any topic below, please contact the named supervisor for more information in the first instance. To apply for a DTP studentship, please do not apply to UCL directly but instead follow the DTP instructions. Whilst the topics illustrate a cross-section of active research within the Department of Earth Sciences at UCL, the list is not exhaustive and we also welcome enquiries from students who wish to formulate their own topics.

Biodiversity and Ecology

The Evolutionary and biogeographic impact of the break up of Gondwana during the Cretaceous and Cenozoic

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Paul UpchurchJulia DayNERC
Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean Processes

Sea ice monitoring and imaging using FMCW radar on unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Supervisor:Co-supervisor:Funding:
Peter SammondsLai Bun LokNERC
   

Remote sensing of melt ponds from multiple satellites.

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Julienne StroeveMichel TsamadosNERC
   

Data fusion of 20 years of polar remote sensing data: emerging climate trends?

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Michel TsamadosJulienne StroeveNERC
   

Orbital climate variability in the middle and late Miocene

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Bridget Wade NERC
Environmental Pollution

Terrestrial water storage in the Bengal Basin – piezometric monitoring to validate and complement GRACE observations.

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William BurgessShamsudduha, MohammadNERC
Natural and Biological Hazards

Ca isotopes as a potential tracer for CO2 in magmatic systems.

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Christina Mannin, RHULPhillip Pogge Von StrandmannNERC
Past Life and Environments

Architecture and stacking patterns of deep-marine lobe and related deposits, Eocene Hecho Group, Jaca basin, Spanish Pyrenees: Depositional processes, sandbody geometry and stacking patterns.

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Supervisor:Co-supervisor:Funding:
Kevin PickeringPaul BownNERC
   

Keeping the Earth habitable.

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Philip Pogge von Strandmann NERC
   

Signs of life in Paleoarchean chemical sedimentary rocks

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Dominic Papineau NERC
   

The Evolutionary and biogeographic impact of the break up of Gondwana during the Cretaceous and Cenozoic

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Supervisor:Co-supervisor:Funding:
Paul Upchurch NERC
   
Solid Earth Dynamics

The deep nitrogen cycle – nitrogen storage in the subduction system.

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Supervisor:Co-supervisor:Funding:
John BrodholtAndrew ThomsonNERC
   

What can long period seismic tremors tell us about physical-chemical processes inside active volcanoes?

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Alex The-Ru Song NERC
   

Multiscale characterisation of seismic scattering, diffraction and anisotropy in the lithosphere/asthenosphere system.

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Supervisor:Co-supervisor:Funding:
Alex The-Ru Song NERC
   

Pre-melting in the Earth’s core.

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Supervisor:Co-supervisor:Funding:
Lidunka VočadloIan WoodNERC
   

Lab Geophysics – the acoustic velocity of mantle minerals

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Supervisor:Co-supervisor:Funding:
Andrew ThomsonIan WoodNERC