• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

Research within the field of Earth and Environmental Sciences may also be closely linked to Biology and Geography and we collaborate with colleagues in those areas within the university, including co-supervision of PhD students.

We have many international links and a strong cohort of PhD students (over 30) and post-docs. There is also an active and well-attended weekly seminar series and a suite of state-of-the-art analytical facilities with dedicated technical support.

Research Centres and Groups

  • Applied Physics

Research into advanced materials focuses on the preparation of multi-functional materials and the development of novel materials characterization metrologies. Other research areas include the foundations of quantum theory, and there are strong links with the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.

  • Biodiversity and Evolution

We offer supervision in the fields of vertebrate palaeontology, Silurian biostratigraphy using graptolites and palynological techniques, high resolution integrated stratigraphy, particularly for the Cretaceous, micropalaeontology, and ichnofacies and palaeobiological aspects of palaeoichnology.

  • Centre for Applied Geoscience

Our researchers specialise in the investigation and management of natural and man-made hazards and the conservation of our geo-heritage. Current research themes include lava flow behaviour and hazards, structural constraints on the eruptive behaviour of volcanoes, prevention and mitigation of volcanic risk, and emergency planning.

  • Crustal Evolution Research Group

Our researchers undertake research projects and supervise research students in various fields, including: evolution of the continental crust through Earth history, the onset of subduction and plate tectonics, accessory mineral insights into global geodynamics and palaeo ice sheets, mineralization processes, and igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis.

  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring Group

Our researchers offer supervision in specialisms such as environmental impacts of ionising radiation, modelling nutrient transport in rivers and their catchments, and elemental and isotopic fingerprinting methods of dust source attribution. Research projects in the marine area include nutrient and trace metal phytoplankton interactions, sediment-water interactions and mesoscale structure, and the dynamics of fronts and eddies.

  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory

Our research focuses on how and why rocks deform under different conditions of pressure and temperature, using the latest technology in high pressure rock deformation machines, equipped with systems for controlling stress, strain, temperature and fluid flow, and instrumented with advanced Acoustic Emission recording technology – the laboratory analogue of a natural earthquake.

Careers

One of the benefits of studying Earth and Environmental Sciences programme at University of Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service  can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Research Areas:

  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Geoscience
  • Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Crustal Evolution
  • Ecotxicology and Environmental Modelling
  • Rock Mechanics

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. 
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. 
  • All applicants are subject to interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a
  • International part-time students: £7,550 p/a

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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