PhD Programme

Thank you for your interest in studying for a PhD in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St Andrews. We are a world-class department with expertise in various geoscience topics and research spanning a wide range of temporal scales from Deep Time to modern processes. We have excellent laboratory facilities supporting this breadth of research and we maintain an engaging intellectual environment. We invite you to learn more about our academic staff and the projects we are advertising for PhD study via the links below (typically posted in November of each year with an early February deadline). If you are interested in PhD study at St Andrews, we request that you contact directly the academic member of staff responsible for supervising your target project to discuss your suitability, qualifications, and funding potential. The website below will also provide information and links to the application procedure (including relevant deadlines).

Funding for PhD study in our School is usually sourced from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the IAPETUS Doctoral Training Programme. Unfortunately international students (outside Europe) are not eligible and non-UK students are not eligible for the stipend associated with these awards. However, there are sometimes other sources of PhD funding allocated to particular projects, so you can inquire when you contact a member of our academic staff. Once you have an agreement with a potential supervisor, please apply to a named project and supervisor under the degree target of PhD in Earth & Environmental Sciences. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application for PhD study in our School at the University of St Andrews.

Please find below a list of all available Studentship Projects.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th January 2017.

The link for the University PGR Application Process can be found here:  PGR Application Process

CO2 and seawater: novel constraints on the carbon cycle of the last 60 million years
Coral calcification in a rising CO2 world: can nutrition mitigate for ocean acidification effects?


Nutrient dynamics in the aftermath of the Great Oxidation Event: N crash or P party?


The Return of the Snowball: Determining Conditions that Generate Snowball Earth Glaciations


Copper isotope insights into planetary differentiation


The Nature of the Deep Nitrogen Cycle


The coral palaeoproxy for seawater pH and alkalinity


The ‘Rise and Demise’ of the Scottish Caledonian Forest: Spatial Complexity and Underlying Mechanisms


Snowguns, seesaws, and CO2: million-year to millennial climate and productivity change in the Arctic


Fire and Ice: Reconstructing the history of volcanic forcing of climate through sulphur isotopes in ice cores


High Field Strength Element Mobility in Late-Stage Fluids, Gardar Rift, South Greenland


Source, Timing and Genesis of Scottish Orogenic Gold Deposits