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Cambridge NERC Doctoral Landscape Awards (Training Partnerships)

Graduate Research Opportunities


The Course Description is "PhD in Polar Studies"; entering the word 'Polar' 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 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.

More details about postgraduate training at Geography and SPRI are on the department website.

The Scott Polar Research Institute is a sub-Department of Geography which has strong links with the British Antarctic Survey. Geography at Cambridge was ranked second nationally in the 2014 REF and is currently ranked third globally; physical Geography in the Department includes. The Department is recognised internationally for research in glaciology, atmospheric and freshwater science, coastal studies and volcanology, and has strong links with other Cambridge groups in, for example, Quaternary environmental change and atmospheric processes.

Numerical skills underpin much Physical Geography research. Both numerical modelling (of ice sheets, atmospheric and fluvial systems and carbon and nutrient 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. This work is enhanced by collaboration with other Cambridge departments in the Physical Sciences and Engineering, and through the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science. Physical Geography staff have wide-ranging, funded links with business, government and industry including hydrological research with water companies which involve advising regional government on flood prediction.