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Modelling oil spill in the fluvial to marine transition zones, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #531 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
The Modelling oil spill in the fluvial to marine transition zones program from Coventry University  will potentially benefit from the facilities and resources provided as part of our collaboration with HR Wallingford, Oxford, UK where there’s world class physical modelling facilities to perform flume experiments (e.g. discharge and flow ratios).
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It is unrealistic to expect, in the near future, a global economy without oil and natural gas resources as key components. We therefore must continue to optimise due diligence around E&P of crude oil and gas operations, especially operational response to oil spill incidents – as oil spills are stochastic in nature. This PhD project addresses a unique research gap in the oil spill research sub-discipline. Learn more at the Modelling oil spill in the fluvial to marine transition zones program from Coventry University.

Key facts:

Empirical evidence shows that oil spill research is skewed towards offshore environments. The dominant controls of oil spill dynamics in the fluvial to marine transition zones (FMTZ) of coastal channels are rarely studied. Yet these zones and their adjoining landscapes often play host to commercial facilities, including oilfields, oil installations and oil vessels/barges, around the world. 

We seek an exceptional candidate who is willing to work with a multidisciplinary team of experts from academia and industry in finding innovative approach for cost-effective operational response to oil spill incidents in FMTZs that can be applied around the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Application deadline: Ongoing

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Between 3 years and 3 years 6 months fixed term

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Dedicated Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development deliver high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor
  • Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision
  • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with  a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • Practical knowledge and/or experience in the subject
  • A good knowledge of oil behaviour on / in water, flow description and particle tracking
  • Experimental, modelling or analytical experience in coastal fluid flow, hydraulics and setting-up/use of physical modelling facilities in this area
  • Experience of (or a willingness to quickly learn) about TELEMAC 3D, BlueKenue or any similar software, be it finite volume or finite element

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12650 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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