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We have 44 Geophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Geophysics students aim to understand the composition, structure and physical properties of the Earth. You could be researching plate tectonics or the Earth's magnetic field and its changes over time.

What's it like to study a PhD in Geophysics?

Geophysics is a popular area of research with many potential research topics. You could be looking at topics including:

  • volcanology
  • seismology
  • tectonics
  • atomic physics
  • geochemical and isotopic signatures

You may also be asked to collaborate with local emergency services to improve their risk assessment and planning.

It takes around three to four years to complete a Geophysics PhD, which usually involves writing a thesis around 80,000 words long (although word counts differ between universities). You will likely have regular contact with your supervisor and group or department meetings. You may also be required to attend research training sessions and have supervisory meetings about your ongoing work.

In the UK, you may be asked to apply for a PhD with a specialisation in certain areas. If you are applying for a PhD that requires you to apply for a bespoke research topic, you will first need to be accepted into a department that already has a research programme in place.

You may be asked to submit a research proposal to accompany your application.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Geophysics

In the UK you'll usually need a Masters degree in Geosciences, Geology or Physics to be considered for a PhD in Geophysics. You may sometimes be able to gain entry with a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Geology or Geosciences, but it is more likely that you'll have a Masters if you don't also have a degree in Geology or Geosciences.

PhD in Geophysics funding options

A PhD in Geophysics in the UK is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). They offer fully-funded studentships and a monthly stipend. If you are applying for a PhD with a specialisation, you'll automatically be considered for funding if you are accepted into a department that already offers a research programme.

PhD in Geophysics careers

Many Geophysics PhD graduates continue to research and go on to have careers as postdoctoral researchers or in academia. Geoscience jobs like petroleum geoscience, geohazards and hydrogeology are also popular options for Geophysics PhD holders.

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Continuum modelling of particulate flows in nature and industry

Fully Funded EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship in Applied and Computational Mathematics.  .  . Project Summary. So much of the natural and man-made world is composed of collections of discrete solid grains. Read more

3D reconstruction of porous material based on 2D images using conditional generative adversarial neural networks (CGANs)

  Research Group: School of Computing
The School of Computing at the University of Leeds is offering a funded Ph.D. opportunity for students (international and UK-based) interested in the field of 3D image analysis and deep learning. Read more

Improved time-stepping schemes in weather and climate models

"The task of predicting weather and climate may be reduced to the following iterative procedure. First, given the state of the system at any time (the input), use the governing equations to compute the state at a slightly later time (the output). Read more

Multi-method geophysical field testing to support offshore wind turbine foundation design

The School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting PhD project entitled ‘Multi-method field stiffness characterisation for offshore wind turbine foundation design’ within the Infrastructure and Environment Division. Read more

Synthesis and real time observation of radiation damage and corrosion of engineered ceramic nuclear waste forms

Background. Owing to large scale reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel there is a significant inventory of plutonium in the UK. Storage and final disposal of plutonium is one of the most complex challenges facing the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in dealing with the UK’s nuclear legacy. Read more

Submarine Landslide Dynamics and Impact on Offshore Wind Infrastructure

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment; a partnership between the Universities of Durham, Hull, Newcastle and Sheffield. Read more

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