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 mathematics. Applicants with additional relevant experience and/or a Master 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. This alliance creates a multi-disciplinary arena in NERC sciences and has a long-standing commitment to PhD training.

This NERC-funded DTP programme offers studentships for 42 months within three research themes: Solid Earth, Living World and Changing Planet. As part of their studentship, students will have the chance to participate in a number of training opportunities across the partnership. A main drive of the programme is to equip students with a range of generic and specialised skills, enabling them to become leaders in diverse areas of employment. Training activities include a residential, skills-based training course and workplace secondments with one of the 24 associate industry partners, representing the full range of earth and environmental science employers in the UK. Students will also attend an annual student congress and a range of other cohort activities across the institutions.

PhD projects are available in earth and environmental science topics within the following schools:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Veterinary Science

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

All studentships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and are eligible for home fee rates. Nine studentships are available for students not ordinarily resident in the UK, but eligible for home fee rates.

Applicants who are classed as international for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 117 33 15426