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. 

Fully funded (non DTP) projects available:

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

STFC studentships to start autumn 2020. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact supervisors to discuss projects.

Apply before 17:00 GMT, Friday 1 May 2020:

Studentship funded by the MSCA Innovative Training Network. Application deadline: 17:00 GMT, Tuesday 15 October 2019:

Cotutelle dual PhD co-funded by the University of Bristol (through its Research Partnership Programme) and MacquarieUniversity, Sydney Australia.

Please note that the successful candidate must be willing to start this project by the 31st of July 2020:

Note: This project is funded for 4 years and will involve the successful candidate spending years 1 & 3 in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol and years 2 & 4 at the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. See the document at the link above for more details

To apply to the University of Bristol you must apply online.
You should select PhD in Geology as the programme in the drop down menu.

NERC GW4+ DTP projects 2020

Applications for the GW4+ DTP for study starting in September 2020 opened on 14th October 2019.  The deadline for applications is Monday 6th January 2020 at 16:00 hours GMT.

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

Projects list

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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