PhD projects within the School of Earth Sciences 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. 

To apply to the University of Bristol you must apply online.  For all non-DTP projects you should select PhD in Geology as the programme in the drop down menu.

Fully funded (non DTP) projects available:

Apply before 23:59 GMT, Tuesday 15th December 2020:

Apply before 23:59 GMT, Friday 15th January 2021:

European Research Council (ERC)

This fully funded, four-year studentship starting in autumn 2021 forms part of the ERC funded, Evolution of the Non-Uniformitarian Earth project. The project will be based at Bristol but involve collaboration with partners in University of Western Australia (Perth), Oxford University and ETH Zürich.

 Apply before 17:00 GMT, Monday 1st Februrary 2021:

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

STFC studentships to start autumn 2021. We typically obtain funding from STFC for one fully funded studentship (the quota for this academic year will be confirmed in January 2021).  The projects below indicate topics of interest of potential supervisors. Please contact supervisors directly to express interest and discuss details.

Apply before 23:59 GMT, Monday 1st February 2021:

South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP)

Apply before 17:00 GMT, Monday 7th December 2020:

NERC GW4+ DTP projects 2021

Applications for the GW4+ DTP for study starting in September 2021.  The deadline for applications is Friday 8th January 2021 at 23.59 GMT.

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

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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