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School of Geography

PhD Opportunities

The following PhD projects are being advertised in the School of Geography:

Queen Mary Principal's PhD Studentships

The School invites applications for QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships for self-defined projects relating to any of the School’s human or physical geography research themes. Applications are also invited for projects that might involve collaboration with other Schools within QMUL. These studentships are open to UK, EU and international students and cover fees and maintenance at the Research Council rate for London (currently £17,009).

For further information on the Principal’s studentship please see here.

‘The deadline for submitting an application is 5pm, 20th January 2021.


London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

How to apply

For further information eligibility criteria please see the London NERC DTP website.

Below are examples of current projects advertised on the DTP website:

Project title: Rewilding and Natural Flood Management
Supervisor(s): Gemma Harvey ( QMUL Geography), Alex Henshaw (QMUL Geography), Stewart Clarke (National Trust)
CASE Partner: National Trust

Project title: Microplastic-sediment interactions (MiPSi)
Supervisor(s): Kate Spencer ( QMUL Geography), Geraldene Wharton (QMUL Geography)

Project Title: Quantification of the impact of changing vegetation on hillslope sediment transport
Supervisor(s): Stuart Grieve ( QMUL Geography, Emily Lines (QMUL Geography)

Project Title: Investigating the impacts of drought on Spanish forests using terrestrial laser scanning
Supervisor(s): Emily Lines ( QMUL Geography)

Project Title: Past intermediate and deep ocean circulation during sustained periods of warmth
Supervisors(s): Heather Ford ( QMUL Geography)

Project Title: Microbial activity on glaciers and ice sheets: an intergrated modelling and empirical approach
Supervisors(s): James Bradley ( QMUL Geography)

Project Title: Microbial and biogeochemical processes through the ocean-sediment continuum
Supervisors(s): James Bradley ( QMUL Geography)

Project Title: The future role of Citizen Science in catchment management (physical science)
Supervisors(s): Kate Heppell ( QMUL Geography)

If you wish to discuss any of these projects please contact the named supervisor. For any other enquiries, including developing other research project ideas please contact Prof Geraldene Wharton, Director of Graduate Studies for Physical Geography and Environmental Science.

Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (QMUL-LDS)

Mobile People: Mobility as a way of life

QMUL-LDS is a research training programme ‘Mobile People: Mobility as a way of life’ supported by the Leverhulme Trust and is led by the School of Politics and International Relations. It draws strengths from both in the interdisciplinary approaches of QMUL in social science and humanities and its extraordinary location in London’s East End as a historical hub of people, languages and cultures from around the world. To find out more information about this studentship please see here. Candidates are required to apply directly to their chosen school and indicate on the form they would like to be considered for QMUL-LDS.

The deadline for submitting an application is 5pm, 20th January 2021

LISS DTP 1+3 or +3 Studentships

The School invites applications for 1+3 and +3 studentships through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, for projects relating to: International Development, Conflict & Human Security, Health, Biopolitics and Social Inequality, and Urbanisation, Social Change & Transformation. Studentships may be either 1+3 (one year MRes followed by three year PhD), or +3 (three year PhD only, available for those with suitable masters-level social science research training). Eligibility is based on UK residency, although non-UK resident EU students may apply for a fees only award. See details on ESRC eligibility.

The deadline to apply directly to the School is 20th January 2021 and to the DTP by 29th January 2021


AHRC LAHP studentship competition

The School invites applications for the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) for students studying arts and humanities disciplines. The research areas covered by the Arts and the Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are listed here. Further details and eligibility criteria can be found here.

The deadline to apply directly to the School is 20th January 2021 and to the DTP by 30th January 2021.


Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award

Students who are graduates of QMUL and are not in receipt of a full scholarship, may be eligible for £1,000 off their postgraduate degree tuition fees. For eligibility criteria, how to apply and further information, visit the Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award web page.

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