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Climate Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 422 Climate Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

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:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change adaption and resilience
  • Rainfall patterns
  • Ocean changes
  • Sustainable natural resources
  • Energy consumption
  • 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.

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Assessing energy efficiency of buildings – role of remote sensing data and geospatial methods

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Climate change projections predict substantial impacts on cities and human development in future. The goal of Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to below 2°C rise, compared to the pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) and making an all-out effort to limit this increase to 1.5°C (UNFCCC, 2015). Read more

Examining the changing inluence of global wildfires using new satellite observations of carbon monoxide

Background. Wildfires play an ancient and vital role as part of Earth’s carbon cycle, but as humanity intensified its expansion across the planet’s biosphere, the effects of fires have been increasingly destructive, costly and damaging to health and livelihoods. Read more

Climate change and perinatal health: combining epidemiological data with climate projection models

Rationale. Climate change will affect human health through changes to heat stress, sanitation, access to sufficient food and safe drinking water, disease patterns, migration, and frequency of extreme weather events. Read more

Does competition between hydrogen and methane consumption by soil microbes lead to climate impacts?

Summary. Emissions of hydrogen (H2) can act as a secondary greenhouse gas that distorts the atmospheric methane (CH4) sink. Soil bacteria can utilise H2 and CH4, but ecological mechanisms underpinning this competition remain poorly understood. Read more

Aquatic emissions of carbon dioxide and methane and their controls using land, water and airborne measurements.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research team from the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Edinburgh to investigate what controls greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aquatic systems. Read more

CDTS303: Coastal Vigilance: Harnessing AI, Remote Sensing, and Citizen Science for Enhanced Observation and Monitoring of Land-to-Coastal Pollutant Transport

Embark on a transformative journey at the forefront of environmental innovation with our groundbreaking PhD project. Our world's coastal zones, rich in vital ecosystems, are under imminent threat from the relentless transport of pollutants from land to sea. Read more

Unravelling the mechanisms of thermal tolerance in coral symbionts

  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
Project Highlights. Investigate coral symbiont communities from the world’s warmest reefs. This study will use an integrative approach, combining molecular, genomic, and physiological methodologies. Read more

Evaluating role of microjet plasma interactions with slurry to mitigate ammonia volatilisation

  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
Project Highlights. Microjet plasma will create a vortex in slurry to improve absorption of plasma species to liquid. pH of slurry will reduce leading to conservation of N, mitigating ammonia losses. Read more

Environmental Digital Twins for Sustainable Water Management

  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
Project Highlights. This project will develop digital twins for constructed wetlands (CWs) to model and assess the impacts of changing climate, hydrology, and biodiversity fluctuations on the overall performance and pollution removal efficiency of CWs. Read more

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