Research course

Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (NERC)

University of Bristol · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree or higher (or international equivalent) in a discipline related to the PhD project for which you are applying, such as geology, biological sciences, environmental sciences, chemistry or geography. Applicants with additional relevant experience and/or a master's degree are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP) comprises the University of Bristol, University of Bath, Cardiff University, University of Exeter, British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, The Met Office, The Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

The partnerships provide a multidisciplinary training environment for postgraduate students in NERC sciences. Owing to the nature of the funding, this programme is open to UK/EU students only.

This NERC-funded doctoral training partnership programme offers studentships for 42 months within three research themes: Solid Earth, Living World and Changing Planet. Students will be offered training as part of their PhD studies that will equip them with a range of skills for future employment in a range of working environments. Students will be expected to attend training during their PhD and are encouraged to take up work placements.

PhD projects are available in earth and environmental science topics within the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Geographical Sciences. New projects are advertised annually from October on each school's web site:

Qualification and course duration


full time
42-48 months

Course contact details

Frances Robertson (Bristol NERC GW4+ DTP Administrator)
+44 (0) 117 331 5426