(MPhil also available)
|Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
|February and October
|January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October
January to April
Earth’s climate system is intimately associated with processes in the oceans, feedbacks with the biosphere and astronomical influences. Superimposed upon these interactions is the increasingly important role played by humans in modifying Earth’s radiative balance and other components of the Earth system through, for example, nutrient enrichment and land use change.
Our research seeks to monitor and quantify climate-related change for a range of Earth’s systems, while increasing predictive capability through the development of Earth system models of intermediate complexity.
These models are informed by proxies of past environmental change and are integrated with economic models so that the services ecosystems offer to humans may be quantified. Investigations into other aspects of ecosystem services are also carried out at a more local scale, including assessments of the carbon contained within ecosystems and the flood-alleviation potential of river floodplain meadows. There is a strong focus on quantifying exchanges of elements between various ecosystem reservoirs.
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or an appropriate undergraduate degree and postgraduate qualification. If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.
Potential research projects
We encourage enquiries from prospective students on any aspect of climate change, ecosystem services and environmental science.
Current/recent research projects
- The contribution of vegetation to ecosystem greenhouse-gas budgets
- Ecosystems services of floodplain meadows
- Integrating models of intermediate complexity with economic models
- Ecosystem services of pollinators
- Dynamic vegetation modelling
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,712 per year
|Full time: £15,456 per year
|Part time: £2,356 per year
|Part time: £7,584 per year
Some of our research students are funded via the Central England NERC Training Alliance; others are self-funded.
For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.
To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.