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EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship Awards (Physical Geography)

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

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The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology is pleased to invite applications for two funded studentships in Physical Geography. Applicants may choose from one of the following projects:

GPSEP1: Making, breaking and following rock avalanche agglomerates through landscapes.
GPSEP2: Optical tracking velocimetry for real-time sensing of river flows

Successful candidates will emerge with unique skillset and experience of a wide range of techniques relevant to a broad range of geoscience disciplines. Based within Physical Geography at Newcastle University, you will have access to excellent facilities and opportunities for collaboration and mentorship with world-leading researchers. You will also engage with a regular programme of high-quality research seminars and a vibrant research culture.

Further information on the projects is available from

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree in physical geography, geology, or earth sciences.
Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education). Further guidance on eligibility can be found at
If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply

You must apply through the University's online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account' and follow instructions carefully. You will need to:
• insert programme code 8201F in the ‘programme of study' section
• select ‘Doctor of Philosophy Geography as Science Band 1A (full time) - Geography as a Science' as the programme of study
• insert studentship project reference code (GPSEP1 or GPSEP2) in the studentship/partnership reference field
Your application must include the following attachments:
1. Current CV;
2. A cover letter (max 2 pages A4), detailing the title of the studentship, the studentship reference code (available from the project synopses at, your reasons for applying for a PhD and how your interests and experience relate to the project
3. Two references, where possible not from your prospective supervisor(s);
4. Transcripts and certificates of your previous qualifications obtained to date.
5. If English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification


For academic queries please contact the supervisory team for your chosen project. For administrative queries please e-mail

Funding Notes

100% of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate will be paid and an annual maintenance grant equivalent to the National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (for 2019/20 this is £15,009).
A research training support grant is available to support fieldwork and associated costs (eg travel and subsistence for conferences, workshops etc.)

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