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Geochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 17 Geochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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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The origins of complex CMAS deposits in aircraft engines and their effects on engine degradation

This EPSRC/Rolls-Royce funded PhD project provides an exciting opportunity for a student with a background in earth science, materials science, chemistry or engineering to address a major challenge faced by the airline industry as it strives to become more energy-efficient, namely the corrosion of engine components caused by ingestion of airborne sand and dust. Read more
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Disentangling land use and climatic roles in sediment delivery to upland British lakes

Changes to agricultural land use practices and climate represent serious challenges to the future management of rural landscapes, as humans have dramatically altered the European landscape over thousands of years. Read more

In-situ disposal of cementitious wastes at UK nuclear sites

This fully funded UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) PhD bursary provides an exciting opportunity to pursue postgraduate research relating to waste management during the decommissioning of UK nuclear sites. Read more

Numerical modelling and design of geothermal heat recovery from subsurface systems

  Research Group: Multiscale Modelling
Sedimentary basins are ubiquitous, naturally porous and permeable, and the geothermal heat in these basins can be extracted with geologic water or CO. Read more

PhD in Geographical and Earth Sciences - Xenoliths in carbonaceous chondrite meteorites as treasure troves of early Solar System history

Aims. This project will explore the dynamics and composition of our Solar System during its tumultuous birth ~4.5 billion years ago by studying fragments of highly primitive asteroids that are preserved as xenoliths in meteorites. Read more

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