Project code



School of the Environment Geography and Geosciences

Start dates

February and October

Closing date

Applications accepted all year round

On this self-funded PhD programme, you'll examine how different types of rock decay can be linked to industrial pollution, weather patterns and climate change.

It is supervised by Dr Robert Inkpen, Reader in Physical Geography and academic lead for Geoconservation and Heritage in the Centre of Applied Geosciences.

The work will involve:

  • using field and laboratory techniques, including LiDAR and VIS/NIR spectroscopy to understand the fundamental decay processes and controls associated with heritage materials
  • modelling and predicting the usefulness of different conservation treatments under changing environmental conditions, using high resolution techniques such as close-range laser scanning

Staff web pages also provide more information on individual research interests and the specific projects that staff members have recently undertaken.

Fees and funding

Visit the research subject area page for fees and funding information for this project.

Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only. 

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).

Bench fees

Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.

Entry Requirements

  • A good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending on the course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • All applicants are subject to interview

To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Robert Inkpen by emailing, quoting the project code GEOG1201015 and title.

How to apply

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the Geography (Physical and Human) PhD subject area page and select the link for the relevant intake. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.