School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Portsmouth PhD Bursaries 2017

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. Within SEES, we undertake both fundamental and applied studies that are supported by substantial recent University investment in new laboratories and state-of-the-art analytical equipment . Our three main research groups (see below) are characterised by an emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches to research and excellent links with international researchers within the UK and abroad.

We are please to announce one fully funded university bursary, selected from the best candidate across the following proposed projects:

Crustal Evolution

SEES3190217 - The evolution of basaltic magmatism on Mars: new insights from accessory minerals

Supervisor: Dr. James Darling

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Modelling

SEES3210217 - Salinisation and Salinity Management: The Impact on Asian Delta Coastal Areas (hydrogeology and groundwater)

Supervisor: Dr. Mohammad Hoque:

Applied Physics

SEES3230217 - Multi-photon correlation interferometers for quantum metrology technologies and fundamental tests (Physics PhD in collaboration with the Institute of cosmology and Gravitation, and the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham)

Supervisor: Dr. Vincenzo Tamma:

Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of 14,482 p.a (for 17/18). Full Home / EU fees will be paid by the University. 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 make a personal statement. 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.

Applications are accepted via the link below (scroll down and select "apply now" and follow the online instructions).

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

The closing date for applications to the 2017 bursaries is: Sunday 5th February 2017.

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