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PhD studentships in Biological Sciences and Geosciences (QUADRAT DTP)

Interdisciplinary PhD Studentships Based in the Biological and Geo-Sciences (QUADRAT DTP)

Applications are invited for UKRI funded PhD studentships starting 1st October 2023.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 14th June 2023.

The QUADRAT DTP brings together two research and teaching centres of excellence in biological sciences and geosciences. The University of Aberdeen is a world class multidisciplinary research and training institution and Queen’s University Belfast is a Russell Group University with an international reputation for world class research.

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We are excited to announce that in addition to the 20 traditional QUADRAT studentships we recruited to earlier this year; we are now launching a further 7 exciting interdisciplinary studentships. These projects are directly funded and broaden the scope of QUADRAT through cross-disciplinary collaboration, combining a mixture of expertise to tackle critical environmental challenges.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with support from several partner organisations, QUADRAT DTP will provide outstanding students with unrivalled opportunities to gain the skills and holistic understanding essential for the next generation of scientific leaders in academic, industry and policy development due to our unique geographic positions, unprecedented research and training infrastructure and strategic alliances of the two academic partners.

PhD studentships in Biological Sciences and Geosciences (QUADRAT DTP)


This round of QUADRAT studentships are open to UK nationals, EU candidates with settled or pre-settled status and Republic of Ireland candidates for the 23/24 academic year. Please note that residency requirements also apply.

These studentships may be of particular interest to candidates with a background in human/physical geography, environmental science, physics, computer science, engineering, mathematics, biological sciences, social science, anthropology, environmental psychology, ecology, palaeoecology, chemistry, economics.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree may be considered providing they have a Distinction at Master’s level. Please note that a Masters degree is only required where the BSc grade is below a 2.1.

Fees and Funding

QUADRAT DTP students are funded for a minimum of 3.5 years (up to 7 years part-time), to start on 1st October 2023.

These QUADRAT studentships are open to UK, EU (with settled or pre-settled status) and Republic of Ireland candidates. Funding covers:

  • A monthly stipend for accommodation and living costs, based on UKRI rates (£18,622 pa for 23/24)
  • Fees (home rate tuition fees only)
  • Research and Training Costs

How to Apply

For more information, please visit our website, or scroll down to view our available projects listed on FindAPhD. Candidates can apply for one project. Successful candidates will start on 1st October 2023, alongside cohort 5.

We advise all applicants to contact and discuss the project content with the relevant project supervisor.

It is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be called for interview before the end of June 2023, with decisions being issued in July 2023. Interviews will be scheduled virtually over MS Teams and you will be given advanced notice of this if you are to be invited.

Sign up to one of our applicant ‘Ask Us Anything’ sessions here.

Available Projects

QUADRAT DTP: The health and well-being effects of pest rodent management strategies in rural MadagascarDetails

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