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Project code



Department of Geography

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.

Entry requirements

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 Robert Inkpen by emailing, quoting the project code GEOG1201015 and title.

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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