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We have 4 Geochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in Belfast

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Geochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in Belfast

We have 4 Geochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in Belfast

PhD students in Geochemistry research the chemical elements present in Earth’s rock-forming minerals, living beings, water and atmosphere. This could involve investigating natural chemical processes such as magma production and crustal development, or examining the human impact on our environment and using geochemical models to predict the likely trajectory of climate change.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Geochemistry?

Under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you’ll work towards an extended thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Geochemistry. Your research will likely involve a combination of fieldwork and lab-based experimentation. You may perform geochemical analysis remotely using methods such as aerial surveys, computer mapping and atomic absorption spectrometry.

Possible research areas include:

  • Climate change modelling using geochemical methods
  • Volcanic and magmatic processes
  • Carbon dioxide removal and storage
  • Geofluids
  • Element cycling
  • By-products of energy fuels

In addition to your independent research, you may be required to complete departmental training in core research skills. You may also have the opportunity to attend conferences, publish your work and teach undergraduate students.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Geochemistry

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Geochemistry is usually 2:1 undergraduate degree in Geology, Geosciences, Geography or other related subject. A Masters may occasionally be required.

PhD in Geochemistry funding options

The main body funding Geochemistry PhDs in the UK is the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It provides full studentships including tuition fee coverage, a living cost stipend and a research grant. Some Geochemistry PhD projects will have Research Council funding attached, meaning you’ll automatically be awarded a studentship if you are accepted onto the programme.

However, some Geochemistry PhDs will only accept self-funded students. You may be able to self-fund your PhD by combining the UK government’s doctoral loan with additional sources of funding such as a university scholarship or support from a charity or trust.

PhD in Geochemistry careers

Expertise in Geochemistry can open up career opportunities with many organisations such as oil and gas companies, environmental consultancies, local or national government and research facilities. You may also choose to continue your academic career through a postdoctoral position and, eventually, a permanent role at a university.

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QUADRAT DTP: Understanding the controls on cyanobacteria blooms in Northern Ireland lakes: a palaeolimnological perspective

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. OVERVIEW. The proliferation of harmful cyanobacteria algal blooms (cyanoHABs) is recognised as a global environmental problem threatening the quality of surface waters. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: How does the local environment and pollutants synergistically affect our cognitive health?

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. This project offers the opportunity to develop a synergistic approach between the geoscientists and medical scientists and public health practitioners. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: A Late Glacial and Holocene tephrostratigraphy for Antarctica

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. This project will reconstruct the Late Glacial and Holocene volcanic history represented within the Fletcher ice core from the Fletcher Promontory to southwest of the Ronne Ice Shelf, western Antarctica. Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Carbon dynamics in blanket peatlands

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. This research project will enhance our knowledge of rates of blanket peat accumulation, how these vary with physical setting and how they influence wider environmental processes across a range of scales. Read more
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