Manchester & Liverpool Doctoral Training Programme

General information

Students of the Manchester & Liverpool Doctoral Training Programme will be hosted at one of the three lead partners, and registered for a PhD at the University of Manchester or Liverpool. The research projects may be exclusively based at one of the partners, or involve collaboration between them – but the training programme will be provided jointly. Our aim is to expose students to the breadth of research in the environmental sciences, while at the same time developing them as cutting-edge scientists in their chosen field. 

Our Research addresses fundamental questions as to how the Earth System operates and the environmental challenges we all face, particularly focusing on key processes acting in the Atmosphere, Ocean and solid Earth including the surface and interior. Therefore, the research projects are organized within the three research themes of atmospheric sciences, ocean sciences and earth and environmental sciences, and a wide range of different topics for students to choose from.

As well as general Training in the environmental sciences, targeted training will be provided depending on the individual needs of each student. This training is augmented by collaborations with the research and industrial partners. The aim of the DTP programme is to develop you into an independent researcher capable of competing for the best jobs and research opportunities. To do this we develop academic rigour and understanding, subject-specific knowledge and skills, interdisciplinary knowledge and awareness, and transferable skills. The training programme has a variety of elements to meet these goals, which are described in more detail in the Training Provision document.

There are available studentships for a period of 3.5 years (minimum 12 studentships) with a possible extension to 4 years in exceptional circumstances. Each studentship is funded for 3½ years with possible extension up to 4 years in exceptional circumstances. Studentships for the Doctoral Training Partnership are organised around the three pillars: Atmospheric SciencesOcean Sciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Students who wish to propose their own research topic may do so, but should contact a prospective supervisor first. A project description similar to the ones shown in this website should be submitted with the application, and the prospective supervisor should alert the DTP Administrator about the proposal.

Contact Person: Jayne Avies (Research Administrator, University of Liverpool) (


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

0511 - Biology", "0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0731 - Surveying


Venue: University of Liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom



Applicants must have, or be about to obtain, a first class or upper second degree.  If you have a lower second degree, but have also obtained a masters qualification, you are also eligible. If you do not have these qualifications but you have substantial relevant post-graduate experience please contact the School holding the studentship to find out if your relevant experience is sufficient.

Application Procedure:

Places for 2016 entry are now filled. Please check back in October 2016 for details of PhD Studentships for 2017 entry.

Applications should be made using either the Liverpool or Manchester application procedures. Students should choose a PhD topic from the Available Studentships, and follow the application link shown alongside:


Grant Opportunities:

The studentships are funded by NERC and are available to UK nationals and other EU nationals that have resided in the UK for three years prior to commencing the studentship.  If you meet this criteria, funding will be provided for tuition fees and stipend.  If you are a citizen of a EU member state you will eligible for a fees-only award.

If you do not satisfy the NERC eligibility rules, but can access your own support, please check the available projects directly at the School of Environmental Sciences of the University of Liverpool or the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of Manchester.


Academic level: PhD
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