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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Graduate Research Opportunities


The Course Description is "PhD in Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics"; entering the word Applied in the Course Directory Search should bring this up. 

When prompted in the research section of the on-line application, please make sure that you enter the code(s) and title(s) of the project which you are applying for, as well as the name of the proposed supervisor(s). 

Please remember that, although you may see later dates by which you can apply to enter the course, the deadline for funding by the NERC doctoral training partnership (and for consideration for projects listed by the DTP) for 2024 entry is January 4th at noon.

If you wish to devise you own research project you should also submit a short research proposal which you should already have discussed with one of our staff members.

For detailed assistance with the application process please email the graduate administrator.

Click here to start the application process.

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) is one of two Cambridge mathematics departments (ranked 2nd in the 2014 REF) and it has a successful tradition of research in NERC science areas which combines fundamental fluid and solid mechanics with applications to the atmosphere, cryosphere, ocean and solid earth. The range of this science includes mathematical modelling, computational and laboratory studies in a modern fluid dynamics laboratory with facilities for studying rotating and/or density stratified flows, and a specially constructed cold room. Research topics include: turbulence and mixing with implications for ocean processes; gravity-driven flows with applications to mesoscale flows in the atmosphere and ocean; large-scale dynamics and transport in the atmosphere and ocean with implications for the climate system; interactions between fluid flow and freezing applied to sea ice, permafrost and glacial ice sheets; theoretical and experimental study of convection in the core and mantle, magmatic processes and volcanism; granular flows with applications such as snow avalanches.

Strong collaborative links within the University include atmospheric chemical modelling research in the Department of Chemistry, through the Cambridge Centre for Atmospheric Science, work with the Department of Earth Sciences and the BP Institute, and research on ocean dynamics and modelling of ice sheets with the British Antarctic Survey. DAMTP is one of the founding departments of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science and regularly Collaborates with institutions outside Cambridge include the Met Office, the National Oceanography Centre and the University of Plymouth.