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Graduate Research Programmes

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The Department offers a world-class environment for pursuing graduate-level research in geography, environmental science and related areas of interdisciplinary inquiry.

Benefits of being an MPhil or PhD student at UCL

Supported by a supervisory team of expert academics, you will also benefit from:

    • Dedicated weekly PhD training seminar in term two of year one
    • Research-oriented seminars within and beyond the Department
    • World-leading computing and laboratory facilities
    • Access to UCL’s world-leading research environment and facilities
    • Access to a vast array of resources and opportunities across London

      How to apply

      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 on making an application can be addressed to the Geography Office or Professor Tariq Jazeel, Graduate Tutor or Professor Viv Jones, Deputy Graduate Tutor.

      Your application will be assessed by two academics with relevant expertise and you may be invited for interview, either in person or by phone, email or Skype. This is an opportunity for us to find out more about your ideas, skills, experience and commitment to research and for you to learn more about how we work.

      Fees and funding

      Information about fees for postgraduate research can be found via the UCL Graduate Research page. Specific fees, and funding, if available, will be listed under individual Programmes.

      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 and research training studentships awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The Department is a key partner in the NERC London Doctoral Training Partnership and hosts the UCL ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Pathway in Human Geography. Information is posted on this page when these schemes are opened each year.

      Environmental Sciences PhD Studentship to investigate the influence of aircraft, lightning and rockets on the air we breathe and global climate, PhD Opportunity

      We are pleased to announce a fully funded PhD studentship starting September 2021 in the UCL Atmospheric Composition and Air Quality Group (UCLACAQ) to work on the prestigious UpTrop project led by air quality and atmospheric chemistry modelling expert, Dr Marais and with researchers at UCL, NASA, Harvard, and beyond.

      Closing Date: Monday, 3 May 2021. If you wish to apply, please follow the PhD application guidelines: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/application-guidelines. In the online application, select “Geography” as the PhD programme and “Dr Eloise Marais” as primary supervisor.

      Value:  Stipend and UK tuition fees. If you are an EU/EEA citizen and are eligible for UK tuition fees until 31 July 2021, an earlier start date may be possible. Please contact Dr Marais (e.marais@ucl.ac.uk) to enquire further.

      Project Description: The successful candidate will use modelling tools and datasets from a range of observing platforms to determine the effect of sources that proliferate in the remote upper troposphere (8-12 km overhead) on air quality and short-lived climate forcers like ozone and aerosols. This research will be conducted in the UCLAQAC research group alongside a range of complementary projects led by. For informal enquiries and additional details about the project, please contact Dr Marais (e.marais@ucl.ac.uk).

      Eligibility: applicants should hold a First or Upper Second Class honours degree (or equivalent) in a quantitative sciences degree and/or similar Masters qualification. A background in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, or Physical Geography and experience with computer coding are desirable, but not essential.

       

      ESRC studentships in Human Geography at UCL Geography are offered via the UBEL DTP

      (Pathway Lead: Professor Tariq Jazeel)

      Applications process open for 2021 start

      ESRC studentships (+3 and 1+3) in the Department of Geography at UCL can be applied for via the Human Geography Pathway in the UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

      We are particularly interested in applications that complement the Department’s existing research strengths. We will also consider applications for co-supervision with other UBEL DTP pathways, which are listed here. Co-supervision is further available with colleagues at Birkbeck Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies.

      Application procedure:

      Potential applicants through the Human Geography Pathway at the UBEL DTP should in the first instance contact potential supervisors to discuss project ideas, copying the Pathway Leader (t.jazeel@ucl.ac.uk) into your initial correspondence.

      Following this, if your proposed supervisor agrees, you should submit a Preliminary Application form to the UBEL DTP by the deadlines of:  Applications for the next academic year are now closed. We will post updates when available. Instructions on preparing and submitting preliminary applications to the DTP appear on the UBEL website here, which also contains eligibility requirements. Please read and follow these carefully.

      If your preliminary application is successful, you will be invited to make a full application to the UBEL DTP, the deadline for which Applications for the next academic year are now closed. We will post updates when available.

       

      UCL Overseas Research Scholarships

      The UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS) aim to attract high-quality international students to UCL to undertake research. Approximately 35 UCL-ORS awards are available annually.

      Information for the 2021/22 Academic year:
      For further information including how to apply, please see:
      https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-res/ors/

      The UCL Overseas Research Scholarships Deadline:  Applications for the next academic year are now closed. We will post updates when available.

      *Please note that prospective applicants must first submit a complete application for admission onto a research degree programme by the specified deadline*

       

      UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

      UCL Graduate Research Scholarships aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. Up to 25 Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students from any country.

      Information for the 2021/22 Academic year:
      For further information including how to apply, please see:
      https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/grs/

      UCL Graduate Research Scholarships deadline: Applications for the next academic year are now closed. We will post updates when available

      *Please note that prospective applicants must first submit a complete application for admission onto a research degree programme by the specified deadline*

       

      AHRC Funding

      AHRC Studentships are offered via the London Arts and Humanities Partnership. Details on LAHP studentship applications can be found here: https://www.lahp.ac.uk/apply-for-a-studentship/

      Potential applicants through the LAHP should in the first instance contact potential supervisors to discuss project ideas.

       

      London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

      Applications for the next academic year are now closed. We will post updates when available.

      For further information please go to:

      London NERC DTP

       

      UCL Research Opportunity Scholarships to support UK BME postgraduate students

      For further information please go to:

      Support for BME postgraduate students

       

      Visiting research students

      Students currently enrolled on a PhD overseas can apply to study at UCL as a visiting research student to spend 3 to 12 months at UCL undertaking research which is complementary to the Doctoral/PhD project at your 'home' university. If you are interested in spending time in the Department as a visiting research student, you should contact members of staff who might be able to supervise your research while you are here. Further information on the application process can be found on UCL’s Visiting Research Students page.

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