PhD in Physical Geography

There are many opportunities for carrying out a PhD in Physical Geography in the School of Geographical Sciences, with several different funding routes.

A list of currently available projects is shown below. This list is not exhaustive, so if you have another idea or project in mind, please contact one of the supervisors listed below, other potential supervisors or the postgraduate admissions tutors to discuss and develop further.

University of Bristol PhD scholarship projects

The application deadline is Monday 2 May 2022 at 23.59 GMT. Several scholarships are available for the 2022/23 intake. Each scholarship provides a stipend at UKRI rates plus £2K per annum towards research costs (this can also be used for conference attendance as appropriate). The default scholarship is 4 years in duration starting in September 2022 (a later start date is possible, but students must commence their studies by 30th April 2023). The scholarships can be awarded on a full time or part time basis; overseas and home students are equally eligible for the funding. You should apply online selecting 'Geographical Sciences: Physical (PhD)' as the programme in the drop down menu. You must provide the name of the Project Supervisor and the Project title you are applying for. As the Research Statement you should upload the project description (from the links below) of the project you are applying for.

Project titleSupervisor(s)
Dates, rate and fate of coastal pollution in the last century using new 210Pb techniques Professor David Richards

Project description and more info (PDF, 288kB)

Developing sensitive isotopic tracers of marine gateway exchange: case study of Mediterranean-Atlantic exchange during the Messinian Salinity Crisis Profesor Rachel Flecker

Project description and more info (PDF, 273kB)

Eddies As Hotspots Of Marine Biogeochemical Extreme Events Dr Oliver Andrews

Project description and more info (PDF, 238kB)

Oceanic emissions of halogenated ozone-depleting substances Dr Anita Ganesan

Project description and more info (PDF, 313kB)

Estimating methane emissions using the next generation of satellite observations Dr Anita Ganesan

Project description and more info (PDF, 259kB)

Tropical cyclones in the Mozambique Channel in convective-permitting climate simulations Dr Rachel James

Project description and more info (PDF, 309kB)

Exploring the future of the marine N2O cycle Dr Fanny Monteiro

Project description and more info (PDF, 264kB)

Antarctic mass trends from satellite data and machine learning Professor Jonathan Bamber

Project description and more info (PDF, 314kB)

Impact of meltwater on the stability of Antarctic ice shelves and the contribution of Antarctica to future sea level rise Professor Tony Payne

Project description and more info (PDF, 238kB)

Climate change’s impact on extreme European rainfall Dr Peter Watson

Project description and more info (PDF, 235kB)

Using deep learning to reconstruct past ocean warming and improve projections of future sea level rise Dr Rory Bingham

Project description and more info (PDF, 270kB)

Modelling and understanding 500-million years of climate change Professor Dan Lunt

Project description and more info (PDF, 349kB)

Snowball Earth and the origin of life in extreme cold environments Dr Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo

Project description and more info (PDF, 211kB)

Forecast based attribution of temperature extremes using large ensemble simulations Professor Dann Mitchell

Project description and more info (PDF, 315kB)

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