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PhD Studentships

 PhD students enjoy a weekend away to welcome new arrivals in October 2016

The School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences is a member of The Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA), a consortium of research intensive Universities and research institutes that are working together to provide excellence in doctoral research training. 

In addition, we have a number of PhD projects that are funded through other external and internal sources.

CENTA encompasses research activities within three broad themes:

  • Climate and Environmental Sustainability
  • Organisms and Ecosystems
  • Dynamic Earth

The Open University is home to a thriving campus-based research community located in Milton Keynes. At any one time, we have about 25 full-time PhD students based here on campus in addition to students located at other institutes and locations around the UK, on both a full-time and part-time basis.

In terms of research areas, we have students working across each of our main research themes, on a variety of topics covering Earth, Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences. These include geological processes, oceanography, polar science, Earth systems modelling, palaeoclimate, biogeochemistry and geochemistry, micropalaeontology, microbiology, grass and wetland ecology, peatland stability and greenhouse gas cycles.

There is a much larger PhD student community here on campus, with over 300 research students based in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics alone, and a total of around 900 research students across the four faculties and three institutes that make up the Open University.

On these pages you can find out about:

If you are a school or undergraduate student thinking about a career in science you may want to consider a work experience placement.

If you have any questions or want to find out more about a PhD Studentship with us, please contact the Postgraduate Research Tutor, Dr Kadmiel Maseyk


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