Candidates require a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.
- Transcripts/degree certificate
- Two references
- A one-page research proposal
- Name of potential Supervisor
- a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
- the question that your research will address
- an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
- an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
- a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
- a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
- an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
In the top 40 of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, for Geography. A 5 star + rating.
Our interdisciplinary research group aims to develop an integrated understanding of the evolution of the Earth system whilst exploring and exploiting links to environmental engineering, biotechnology and planetary science. We collaborate very closely in this mission with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC).
This theme develops a fully quantitative understanding of the mechanisms and drivers that control the movement and reactivity of fluids and heat within the Earth's crust
- More information: Solid Earth Research Group (SERG)
Fingerprinting the Carbon Cycle
We are an emergent, world-leading group in understanding the carbon cycle. Uniquely, we fingerprint signatures of carbon behaviour that underpin larger-scale processes and their impact on the environment and society.
- More information: Fingerprinting the Carbon Cycle
Solar System Volatiles
This theme directly addresses the grand challenge of understanding the origin and distribution of life throughout the Solar System and beyond.
- More information: Solar System Volatiles (SOLVE)
We examine how landscapes respond to environmental change and how we can overcome the hazards and minimise societal risks that arise from these responses.
- More information: Quantitative Geomorphology
Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.
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Fees and funding
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Qualification and course duration
MSc by research
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