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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships

Graduate Research Opportunities


The Course Description is "PhD in Geography"; entering the word Geography 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 for 2024 entry is January 4th at noon. If you wish to be considered for other funding (outside of the NERC DTP, for example Cambridge Trust) you should apply by the Department's funding competition deadline of 5 December.

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.

Click here to start the application process.

Other details about postgraduate training in Geography are on the department website.

Geography at Cambridge is recognised internationally for research in glaciology, atmospheric and climate science, coastal studies, Quaternary research and volcanology. The Department was ranked second nationally in the 2014 REF and is currently ranked third globally (QS World University Rankings). The Scott Polar Research Institute is a sub-Department of Geography, and has strong connections with the British Antarctic Survey. There are also links and collaborations with wider research groups in Cambridge, for example, Cambridge Volcanology, the Quaternary Discussion Group and the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science.

Field, experimental and numerical skills underpin much Physical Geography research. Many of our researchers conduct field research internationally and our laboratories provide state-of-the-art facilities for environmental research, including tephrochronology, dendrochronology and hydrology. Numerical modelling (of ice sheets, atmospheric systems, and carbon cycling) and quantitative remote sensing (using satellite radar and laser altimetry, SAR interferometry, ice-penetrating radar and many imaging systems) are specialisms within the Department. Physical Geography staff also have wide-ranging, funded links with business, government and industry including collaborative research into coastal hazards and conservation science.