Research course

Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Please contact the academic school.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology, focuses on the characterisation of mineral water organic matter reactions in surface and near surface environments. Since chemical reactions in these environments are often catalysed by microorganisms, we have developed a recent and expanding interest in geomicrobiology. Here by combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we focus on the role microorganisms play - or have played - in key geological processes.

Fundamental work aims to identify the biogeochemical controls on mineral cycles in a range of environments, including the iron and sulphur cycle; as well as those of toxic metals, including arsenic, chromium, technetium and transuranics. Our excellent infrastructure facilitates the study of the biological, mineralogical and geochemical components of such cycles at a molecular scale.

We are also currently investigating innovative approaches that can be used to guide natural biogeochemical cycles, in order to drive the remediation of land and water contaminated by metals, radionuclides and toxic organics.

Fees and funding

UK students
Band 1 £6,500, Band 2 £8,500, Band 3 £12,750
International students
Band 1 £23,000, Band 2 £25,000, Band 3 £27,000

The school has a number of research council scholarships available for PhD study. For more informaiton please visit the school website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Email
michael.atherton@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 0776
Fax
+44 (0)161 306 9361