1st or upper 2nd class degree is required in a subject appropriate to the PhD projects applied for (see the project description for more info). Candidates with a lower class of Bachelors degree, but a good performance at the Masters level (“merit” or above) will also be considered.
We will also consider candidates with different academic paths but with experience acquired from a research position, or equivalent, that is relevant to the topic of the PhD project.
Many applicants will still be studying for their undergraduate or Masters degree, so it is fine to provide a projected or target grade for your current degree course – offers are then generally made conditional on the class of the degree actually achieved.
Months of entry
The SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership is advertising fully funded PhD studentships in Environmental Sciences for 2023 intake.
In SCENARIO, we provide excellent training in quantitative environmental science to ensure our students become the independent thinkers that our society needs to understand the interactions between people and environmental change. Graduates of SCENARIO will become tomorrow’s leaders of the environment sector, working within research, business and government to address the environmental challenges our society is facing.
SCENARIO students are based at one of 5 host partners: University of Reading, University of Surrey, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, British Geological Survey and Institute of Zoology.
Please also note that we have reached the quota reserved for international students and this studentship is for home students only.
More Details visit https://research.reading.ac.uk/scenario/apply/scenario-project-based-applications/
Information for international students
There is an upper limit set by UKRI on the number of international applicants we can fund each year so competition is very strong.
Information about whether you qualify as a Home or International student can be found on the UKRI webpage EU and international eligibility for UKRI studentships. https://www.ukri.org/publications/eu-and-international-eligibility-for-ukri-studentships-from-2021/
Due to Tier 4 visa restrictions,
- international students must be based at either the University of Reading or the University of Surrey, and not at one of our other host partner institutions
- international students can take Masters modules at their home institution only.
- placements will be assessed on a case by case basis to ensure they comply with visa regulations.
International applicants are also required to meet the eligibility criteria for Academic Performance and/or Relevant Previous Experience. Please check the following resources to see whether your degree and grade are equivalent to a 1st or upper 2nd class degree in the UK:
- University of Surrey information for international students - https://www.surrey.ac.uk/international/country-specific-information
- International Degree Equivalents https://www.grb.uk.com/recruiter-research/international-degree-equivalents
Fees and funding
Funding for PhD studentships from NERC is only available to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria set out in the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) harmonized training grant terms and conditions – see Terms and conditions for training funding - https://www.ukri.org/publications/terms-and-conditions-for-training-funding/ for more information.
Scenario funding is not open to students who have already started their PhD research.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time36 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Sadaf Jafri