School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Portsmouth PhD Bursaries 2018

The University of Portsmouth supports world class research. We are investing in PhD bursaries across the University that underpin our commitment to our research base and the impact our research makes. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, over 60 per cent of research submitted by the University was rated as world leading and internationally excellent and we are keen to continue to foster this innovative research with our doctoral students.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is a hub for research in a wide range of earth and environmental science areas across the University. Our research is funded by external grants from the Research Councils, the Leverhulme Trust and industrial partners. In REF2014, 72% of the research in this area was rated as world-leading or internationally-excellent, and 100% of the research impact was classed as outstanding or very considerable in terms of reach and significance. Our research strengths include crustal evolution, environmental modelling and monitoring, marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems, palaeontology, applied geoscience and applied physics. We have many international links and a strong cohort of PhD students (over 30) and post-docs. There is also an active and well-attended weekly seminar series and a suite of state-of-the-art analytical facilities with dedicated technical support.

We are pleased to announce one fully funded university bursary for UK/EU students and one international (non-EU) bursary available across the Faculty of Science, selected from the best candidate across the following proposed projects:

Crustal Evolution

Project title: Timing of brittle deformation of the Alps revealed by direct U-PB dating of calcite
Project code: SEES4020218
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Mottram

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring

Project title: Development of a passive sampling device for measurement of dissolved nutrients in surface waters and evaluation of its use for management of river catchments
Project code: SEES4030218
Supervisor: Professor Gary Fones

Biodiversity and Evolution

Project title: Why are there no fossil cacti? The taphonomy of a diverse clade of angiosperm xerophytes
Project code: SEES4040218
Supervisor: Professor David M. Martill

For successful Home/EU applications the fully-funded, full-time three-year studentship provides a stipend that is in line with that offered by Research Councils UK of 14,553 per annum. Holders of University Bursaries are expected to contribute up to 6 hours a week in support of teaching activities (e.g. assisting with teaching of undergraduate practical classes).


The Bursaries are offered for full-time, Home or EU candidates only.

You will need to meet the following requirements to undertake a research degree at the University of Portsmouth:

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

For those students without English as a first language or without a first degree from an English speaking University, an English Language Proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 is required.


If you would like to apply for one of these bursaries you will need to complete our online application form and provide all required documentation. Prospective applicants are strongly advised to email the lead supervisor to learn more about the specific project before applying, please refer to the appropriate contact email address above

During the application process please ensure you add the project code (provided above) to identify which project you are applying for.

The closing date for applications to the 2018 bursaries is Sunday 11th February 2018.

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