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School of the Environment, Geography, and Geosciences

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Whether global warming is enhanced at high elevations is an important issue, and on this self-funded PhD programme, you'll research regional temperature changes in mountains across the globe.

The project is supervised by Dr Nick Pepin, Reader in Climate Science and Associate Head of Research for the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences.

The work will involve:

  • examining the existence of elevational-dependent warming, using secondary data sources, such as global surface datasets (GHCN, CRU etc), reanalyses and radiosonde data archives
  • comparing these data sources with primary data in areas such as the Tibetan plateau and other mountain regions

To find out more about our researchers and the work they're doing, visit the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences staff pages.

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

How to Apply

To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Nick Pepin by emailing, quoting the project code GEOG1231015 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.