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Geophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 19 Geophysics 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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What happens to subducted seamounts in subduction zones?

Project Background. This PhD project is part of the larger ASPERITY project, selected by the ERC for a Consolidator Grant, funded by UK Research and Innovation as a Frontier Research Grant. Read more

Numerical Investigation of Liquid Metal Magneto-Coriolis-Centrifugal Convection

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics within the project MAGNADO - The Magnetohydrodynamics of Liquid Metal Tornadoes (selected for funding by the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) and funded through the UKRI 'Horizon Europe guarantee') at the Research Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS) at Coventry University. Read more

Understanding shale rock swelling for energy systems: novel integrated modelling and experimental approaches

A fully funded PhD position is available in the group of Professor Carbone (Department of Chemistry) and Professor Taylor (Department of Earth Science) at the University of Manchester starting from September 2024. Read more

Combined geophysical datasets for characterising volcanic brines

Society’s race to net zero emissions of CO2 will invariably involve the use of subsurface reservoirs. Fluids injected and extracted from deep fracture systems beneath volcanoes provide a source of geothermal energy. Read more

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC PhD Studentships 2024-25

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Read more

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC PhD Studentships 2024-25

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Read more

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC PhD Studentships 2024-25

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Read more

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC PhD Studentships 2024-25

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Read more

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC PhD Studentships 2024-25

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Read more

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC PhD Studentships 2024-25

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Read more

White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC PhD Studentships 2024-25

The White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and York. Read more

Funded PhD Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) position in Human Geography

The School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, has a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant position in Human Geography to fill for 2024/25 entry, with an anticipated start date of 01 September 2024. Read more

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