Postgraduate research courses in Earth and Environmental Sciences
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers the following research degree:
- PhD (Doctorate), 3 or 3.5 years duration
Please contact staff about opportunities in the School.
If you are interested in PhD study at St Andrews, the School requires that you contact directly the academic member of staff responsible for supervising your target project to discuss your suitability, qualifications, and funding potential. Applications should not be submitted without first contacting a potential supervisor.
Successful applicants will be provided with a primary and secondary supervisor or mentor. You can expect to form a close working relationship with your supervisors, meeting regularly throughout your time in the School. Supervisors are responsible for overseeing both your research and your broader career development.
Funding for PhD study in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is usually sourced from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the IAPETUS Doctoral Training Programme. Unfortunately international students (outside Europe) are not eligible and non-UK students are not eligible for the stipend associated with these awards.
St Andrews scholarships
Other sources of PhD funding allocated to particular projects may also be available, please inquire when you contact a member of academic staff.
External funding opportunities
The Postgraduate Studentships website has a comprehensive searchable database of funding opportunities.
If you wish to be considered for a NERC studentship, applications must be received by the deadline published on IAPETUS website. Projects are typically advertised for PhD study in November of each year and have a mid-February deadline.
Deadlines for other projects within the School may vary and applicants are advised to check each project individually.
The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences aims to process applications within four to six weeks of the project deadline. However, this may be longer depending on the funding body providing the scholarship.
If you have questions about the status of your application, contact the research postgraduate administrator by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School requires a 2.1 or above UK undergraduate Honours degree (or overseas equivalent).
English language proficiency
Non-native English speaking applicants must attain an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 minimum in individual elements. TOEFL (iBT) with a score of 100 may also be accepted. For further information, see English language requirements and In-sessional English language services.
Further details of entry requirements and application procedures can be found on the postgraduate application page.