PhD projects within the School of Earth Sciences for September 2019 entry are published on this page. It will be expected that you contact potential supervisors in advance of submitting an application.

Unless otherwise stated, all projects are eligible for full funding via our NERC GW4+ postgraduate training award. Please see the GW4+ website for further details.  Students may also be funded from a variety of UK and international industry and government sources; any funded studentships for which we are currently recruiting are also advertised below. 

Fully funded projects available:

Studentship funded by the University of Bristol to start in September 2019. Application deadline: 16:00 GMT, Monday 6 May 2019.

STFC projects

STFC studentships to start in September 2019. Please apply via link below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact supervisors to discuss projects. Apply before 18th April 2019. 

GW4+ DTP projects

The GW4+ DTP for study starting in September 2019 opened for applications on 26th October 2018.  The deadline for applications was Monday 7th January 2019 at 16:00 hours GMT.

Individual project titles that were available are listed below. Each description has details of the Project and Supervisor, and other background information.

Projects list  


To apply to the University of Bristol you must apply online

When applying for the GW4+DTP please select 'NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Programme DTP PhD' in the Programme Choice page drop down menu. When you reach the Great Western Four + DTP page at the end of the application pages, after the CV page, please specify the School of your project choice. You will need to make a separate application for each project.


To apply for any PhD project other than one within the GW4+DTP you should select PhD in Geology as the programme in the drop down menu.


If you have any questions, please contact the Postgraduate Administrator via email

General information on postgraduate admissions can be found on the University postgraduate webpages

Did you know?

The Bristol School of Earth Sciences currently has around 100 PhD students across all years of study. 

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