The Cambridge - NERC Earth Systems Science DTP

General information

The Cambridge Earth System Sciences (ESS) DTP provides PhD training across NERC science. Embedded in the outstanding research environment of the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), it is organised around three major research themes: Solid Earth, Climate and Biology. Students in the DTP cohort engage in research projects of global significance across the physical, chemical and biological sciences, and graduate with strong numerical and modelling skills. A network of links within national and international science, industry and government prepares students to become leaders in their chosen fields.

The University of Cambridge will offer more than 15 3.5 year NERC-funded PhD studentships to start each October. A wide range of projects is available within seven world-class departments and BAS (the British Antarctic Survey) under the broad themes of:

Solid-Earth Theme
The Solid Earth Theme stems from our outstanding research into solid-Earth processes. PhD training is available in areas of current research specialties including whole-Earth geophysics and geodynamics, petrology and volcanology, evolution of the oceanic and continental crust, and geochemical interactions between the solid Earth, atmosphere and oceans.

Climate Theme
The Climate Theme builds on long standing research programmes in modelling and observing the atmosphere and oceans, the cryosphere and paleoclimate. The theme offers PhD training across the whole range of research into climate, past, present and future.

Biology Theme (including palaeontology)
The Biology Theme provides exceptional training opportunities by embedding students in a wide range of strong, interdisciplinary research programmes. Training is structured around five core topics: ecosystem dynamics, conservation science, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, palaeontology, phylogeny and diversity, and epidemiology.

If you wish to find out more about a project, or the host Department, you can contact the named supervisor and discuss with them. Our staff will also be happy to devise projects with you, if you have specific interests that we share. If you wish to consider this approach you should investigate the interests of our staff and make a direct contact with them; when you apply you should include the name of a staff member working in the area which interests you.

Contact Person: DTP Administrator ( DTP-Admin@esc.cam.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0588 - Scientific modelling

Venue

Venue: University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Application


Prerequisites:

Graduate entrants are required to have:

  1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent standard from an EU or Overseas University (e.g. CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject (but see funding information).
  2. two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University
  3. fluency in the English language - recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading. For further information on the University's English language requirements click here.

Application Procedure:

If you would like to be informed when applications open for 2017 entry please send an email to dtp-admin@esc.cam.ac.uk. It is anticpated that projects will be uploaded as soon as received, therefore please include a note of the theme in which you are interested. In the meantime, you can browse a list of previous projects at http://essdtp.esc.cam.ac.uk/programme/projects-list.

To apply for the programme you will need to complete the University's online GRADSAF (Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form). The online application (GRADSAF), including full instructions, can be found here. Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentationwhich can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form. Please note that each online application will incur a fee of £50.  

At section A12 of the application please make sure that you mention the relevant DTP Theme (Solid-Earth, Climate or Biological) and enter the course codes for projects which particularly interest you or include the name of a staff member working in the area which interests you. 

How to apply:

1) Take a look at the projects on offer and make contact with the lead supervisor for those that particularly interest you, as our prospective supervisors can often provide useful advice and information about the project. We are also happy to devise a project with you if you have research interests that we share; again you should get in touch with your prospective supervisor before applying.

2) Before completing the application, please read the following points:

Are you eligible to apply for admission?

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programme is intense. We require our graduate entrants to have:

at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree from a UK University or equivalent standard from an EU or Overseas University (e.g. CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject (but seefunding information).

two outstanding academic references, please see the graduate prospectus pages below for more details

fluency in the English language - recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading. For further information on the University's English language requirements click here.

For more details of the University's academic requirements see the University's Graduate Prospectus.

3) Once you are ready to apply you please go to the University's Applicant Portal.

For the online application you will need the Course Description; at the bottom of each project description you should find the text "Follow this link to find out about applying for this project. " If you click to follow the link you will be given the course to which you should apply.

At section A12 of the application please make sure that you mention the relevant DTP Theme (Solid Earth, Climate or Biology) and enter the codes for the projects you have selected (i.e. B223 or C225) or include the name of a staff memberworking in the area which interests you. 

In list of scholarships given in section B 'Application for funding' please ensure that the box 'Other Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC)' is checked (this is in addition to completing section A12 above).

The online Applicant Portal can be found here.

4) Timeline:

A) The deadline / closing date for applications is Wednesday 4th January 2017.
B) All supporting documentation (e.g. references) must be submitted by Thursday 26 January 2017 (TBC).
C) Shortlisted candidates will be called for interview in Cambridge, which will take place between 20th and 24th February 2017 (TBC).
D) Offers will be communicated starting in late February with decisions to be made by15th March 2017.


Grant Opportunities:

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full NERC studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. A full studentship will cover the cost of all fees and the student will receive the standard NERC maintenance allowance (for 2014/15 this was £13.863 pa).

Overseas students may be able to join the programme but will need to have their own funding (external bodies, home countries or international schemes). They can also apply for University wide funding schemes, such as the Gates Cambridge Trust and the Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts.  Details of these schemes can be found on the Graduate Admission website. Overseas students can also apply for funding from external bodies to support their studies as well as from their home countries or international schemes.

Qualification

Academic level: PhD
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