Postgraduate Research

PhD Earth and Environmental Sciences

PhD Bursaries 2016 - Earth and Environmental Sciences

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. We undertake both fundamental and applied studies that are supported by substantial recent investment in our new laboratories and 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. Potential project areas for bursaries within Earth and Environmental Sciences are:

Environmental Sciences

DescriptionFile Size
Dusty forensics: the bioaccessibility of toxic elements from mining-related dusts 51KB
Fate of effect of cosmetics and personal care products 45KB
The importance of nutrients and light intensity on the ecological status of UK rivers 54KB
Development of a passive sampling device for measurement of dissolved nutrients in surface waters and evaluation of their use for river catchment management 45KB

Crustal Evolution

DescriptionFile Size
Stick-slip mechanics in active fault zones 51KB
Development and growth of a Neoproterozoic active plate margin 48KB
The role of meteorite impact bombardment in lithosphere evolution 52KB
Active tectonics and palaeoseismology of the Enguri region, Caucasus contractional province, Georgia 44KB

Biodiversity and Evolution

DescriptionFile Size
High-resolution palynology of the London Clay, and calibration of Near Infrared (NIR) data. 49KB

Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of £14,057 p.a (for 16/17).  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.

How to apply:

If you would like to apply for one of these Bursaries you will need to complete our online application form and a personal statement. You will also need to ensure you add the project code to identify which project you are applying for.

Further guidance:

If you would like further guidance on applying for our bursaries or would like to ask any questions about the research topic please use the contact details in the above projects. 

For more details about studying as a PhD student at the University, visit postgraduate research.

Closing date for applications:

The closing date for applications to the 2016 bursaries is: 5pm Sunday 3 April 2016.  Interviews for short listed candidates are expected to take place between 18 April and 29 April 2016.


Make an application

If you would like to apply for any of the above projects, please use our online application form.

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