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PhD Opportunities


Lucia Lencioni

The Geography Department provides an outstanding setting for undertaking MPhil/PhD training and research in environmental change, with world class facilities including dedicated laboratories for microscopy and analysis of sediments and water. The department currently hosts around 100 PhD students with 10-15 working within the Environmental Change Research Centre.

A significant number of recent PhD graduates have gone on to lectureships and many others into postdoctoral research. Others have entered professions within government, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

We welcome applications, particularly where proposed projects complement our existing areas of research.

If you are interested in working towards an MPhil or PhD, the first stage is to contact the relevant members of academic staff in order to discuss your project ideas. You will also be able to request information about specific opportunities and to discuss how your project will be funded.

Formal applications are made via the UCL Application page. Questions about making an application can be addressed to Prof. Viv Jones, Deputy Graduate Tutor.

Information about fees for postgraduate research can be found via the UCL Graduate Research page.

The Department hosts a range of studentships and scholarships awarded competitively within and beyond UCL. These include the UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships.

A potential route for UK/EU students interested in working with the ECRC is the London Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The London NERC DTP currently funds around 100 PhD students in the natural sciences. Students are trained at nine of the world-leading research centres in London, including UCL. For further details and information on how to apply see

Details of all studentships and scholarships can be found on the Graduate Research Programmes pages

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