University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Environmental Sciences

This NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) sponsored course is led by the University of Bristol, with the Universities of Exeter, Bath, Cardiff ('Great Western Four' formal alliance) plus 6 research organisation partners; British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Meteorological Office, Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. PhD projects available encompass eight interdisciplinary research areas that cover the breadth of NERC earth and environmental science: atmospheres, oceans and ice; biogeochemical cycles; climate changes impacts and sustainability; ecology, conservation and biodiversity; genomes and evolution; natural hazards and resources; solid earth and planetary geology; water. As part of their studentship, students will have the chance to participate in a number of training opportunities across the partnership. A main drive of the programme is to equip students with a range of generic and specialised skills, enabling them to become leaders in diverse areas of employment. Training activities include residential summer camps, skills-based training courses and workplace secondments, representing the full range of earth and environmental science employers in the UK. Students will also attend an annual student congress and a range of other cohort activities across the institutions.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher. If you have a 2.2 degree, but have also obtained a Master's qualification, you are also eligible.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years

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