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PhD by Research

The Dept of Earth Sciences welcomes applicants for those wishing to conduct research in many aspects of the Earth Sciences. For research interests of our staff please see:

For discussions about possible research projects please contact the member of academic staff.

For questions about the application process please contact: Louise Bowron, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE.

Tel. no. +44 (0)191 334 2198.

The Dept of Earth Sciences participates in several Centre for Doctoral Training that offer fully-funded PhD studentships to eligible candidates.

NERC IAPETUS-2 Earth Science Studentships for October 2023

Durham is the lead partner for the NERC funded IAPETUS2 partnership including the Universities of Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews, Heriott-Watt and Stirling along with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Further information on the IAPETUS 2023 partnership will be available shortly, but information can be found at:

In the first instance, applicants should contact the project supervisors or Louise Bowron at (

These PhD studentships will provide for UK tuition fees and a full stipend at UK Research & Innovation recommended levels for each year of study. Funding is available for both UK citizens. Students must begin their research on 1st October 2023.