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Earth Surface Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #110 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
Our research seeks to integrate the global-scale phenomena that force environmental change with an understanding of the micro-scale process mechanics and feedbacks that configure the local form, structure and dynamics of the Earth’s surface.
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Overview

Research carried out by our staff is helping to define the emerging science of the Earth’s surface and focuses on three overarching questions:

What processes drive the dynamics and co-evolution of rivers and their ecosystems?  

Our research has demonstrated the two-way nature of the feedbacks between the physical and biological processes of fluvial systems and has shown how these interactions help to explain the complex three-dimensional form and dynamics of the rivers that drain the Earth’s surface. Research in this theme contributes to building the fundamental foundations of a quantitative river science whilst also enhancing the scientific-basis for sustainable river management. Our current research focuses on three key areas: (i) developing innovative geospatial technologies and methods to quantify the structure and dynamics of braided rivers over both event and decadal timescales (Angela Gurnell); (ii) innovative conceptual models of the interactions between aquatic biota, hydrodynamic and sedimentological processes (Angela Gurnell, Gemma Harvey and Geraldene Wharton); and (iii) the use of numerical methods to predict to the response of river systems to land-use change and simulate flood hazards (Alex Henshaw).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • establishing the environmental context for the dispersal of the first ancient humans in Britain;
  • advancing the application of ostracods for palaeoclimatic reconstruction;
  • (iii) generating independent palaeoprecipitation data from mountain glacier reconstructions to constrain regional climate models;
  • (iv) extending the application of luminescence dating to proximal glacio-lacustrine sediments;
  • and developing novel insights into the timing and extent of Mediterranean glaciation.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    62

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General Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Degree transcripts. Please provide a transcript of your degree(s). If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date
  • Please provide the contact details of two referees on your application, at least one reference must be from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume
  • Statement of purpose 
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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