We have 81 Climate Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships
A PhD in Climate Science is an opportunity to conduct original research into the physical processes the determine the Earth’s climate. A particularly popular and important focus for the field is climate change. You might study the history of climate change and its possible trajectory, the vulnerabilities of human populations and natural systems, or potential practical and policy solutions to the climate crisis.
What’s it like to study a PhD in Climate Science?
With the guidance of an expert supervisor, you’ll work towards an extended thesis that should make an original contribution to the field of Climate Science. You’ll likely divide your time between lab-based research, fieldwork and writing your thesis. You may also observe geographical phenomena from a distance using remote sensing technology such as satellite imagery.
Possible research areas include:
Climate change adaption and resilience
Sustainable natural resources
Using data science and AI for sustainability
Besides independent research, you may have the opportunity to connect with the wider academic community through attending conferences, publishing papers and teaching undergraduates.
Entry requirements for a PhD in Climate Science
The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Climate Science is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, though a Masters may occasionally be required.
PhD in Climate Science funding options
The main bodies funding PhDs in Climate Science in the UK are the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC). Some projects have funding attached, meaning you’ll receive full coverage of your tuition fees and living costs.
However, many Climate Science PhDs will only accept self-funded students. It is possible to self-fund your PhD by combining the UK government’s doctoral loan with additional sources of funding such as support from your university, a grant from a charity or trust, or part-time work.
PhD in Climate Science careers
Climate scientists are at the forefront or solving the most pressing challenges facing humanity, and there is much demand for experts in the field! You could choose to apply your skills in a number of sectors including local or national government, environmental consultancy, conservation or policy analysis. You could also choose to continue your research career through a long-term position at a university.
We have fully funded PhD scholarship and we would like the student to start as soon as possible. The PhD project is focused on the synthesis of bio-based organophosphorus compounds from the unique biomass available in New Zealand. Read more
Project description. This aim of this project is to develop a next generation hydrogen production technology, proton-based solid oxide electrolysis cell, that can effectively support the rapid growth of intermittent renewable energy generated from solar and wind sources. Read more
Primary Supervisor - Prof Kenny Coventry. Secondary Supervisor - Dr Irene Lorenzoni. Supervisory Team - Dr Jordan Harold. In the 2020s it is essential to understand the ways in which messaging can impact how and when to act in light of the AR6 WGI SPM report. Read more
The Red Sea is a semi-enclosed basin, with limited connections to the open ocean, with narrow and shallow straits operating a strong control on exchanges between the Red Sea and the wider ocean. Read more
We have an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to develop cutting edge experiments with an experienced peatland research team and translate their findings across a variety of policy-relevant platforms. Read more
Summary . Uncover the physical and chemical drivers that are responsible for observed distributions of air pollution over Asia using new geostationary satellite observations and a cutting-edge atmospheric chemistry transport model and its adjoint model. . Read more
Scientific Background. Extreme precipitation events have significant impacts on human society as shown by the tragic derailment near Stonehaven in August 2020. The proximate cause of the derailment was debris from an overflowing drain (RAIB, 2022) with a train forced to return due to a landslide blocking the track. Read more