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Climate Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 50 Climate Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

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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Communicating Climate Science to Diverse Audience Groups in a Changing World (COVENTRY_PSY23CDCC)

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

Thermal energy from embedded retaining walls in challenging ground conditions

  Research Group: School of Civil Engineering
Heating and cooling of buildings is a key priority for decarbonisation due to the scale of the demand and the tendency for direct use of fossil fuels. Read more

Infrastructures for a sustainable future

  Research Group: School of Civil Engineering
Recent events linked to climate change have drawn attention to the criticality of infrastructure for the social, economic, and environmental wellbeing of societies. Read more

Which factors control the regional distribution of air quality over Asia? - SENSE CDT

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

Did climate change cause the 2020 Stonehaven derailment? - SENSE CDT

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

Nature-based Solutions for Climate Resilience

Our climate is changing. In the UK, winters are getting warmer, summers are experiencing higher temperatures, and extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall or heatwaves are increasing in frequency and magnitude. Read more

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