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Physical Science PhD topics

The Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute are pleased to be active and successful participants in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Cambridge Climate, Life and Earth (C-CLEAR) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Prospective students who wish to apply for an advertised project are asked to browse the DTP webpages and identify the project or projects that they wish to apply for.

The DTP has divided all its PhD projects into three themes. Members of the Department of Geography and SPRI have projects advertised in all three themes.

From the DTP webpages, you can search: 1) by broad theme (Climate Change and Environmental Processes, Biology and Conservation or Solid Earth and Geological Hazards); 2) by staff member/department (Staff Directory); or 3) by searching for keyword (e.g. ‘Geography’ or ‘Antarctica’).

​To help you, we provide links to all the PhD topics involving Geography/SPRI supervisors below.

You may also choose your own topic that relates to the research interests of any member of the Physical Geography/SPRI staff, and that may also be suitable and eligible for funding by the DTP.

​Further information on the application process is provided via the DTP webpages, the Geography Department webpages and the University Postgraduate Admissions pages. The deadline to be considered for DTP funding at the home fees rate will be in early January 2023, which includes references. International students wishing to be considered for DP funding are strongly encouraged to apply by the earlier deadline of 1 December 2022 in order to be considered not only for all other sources of funding, but also funding to cover the difference between the home and international fees rate.

​PhD topic listings