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:
- 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.