• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The School of Environment, Geography and Geosciences is committed to active and developing research programmes in a wide range of subjects within the Earth and Environmental fields. Our research of Environment, Geography and Geosciences at University of Portsmouth strengths include crustal evolution, environmental modelling and monitoring, marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems, applied physics. 

About

Research within the field of Environment, Geography and Geosciences may also be closely linked to Biology and we collaborate with colleagues in this area within the university, including co-supervision of PhD students. Visit Biological Sciences and Geography PhD webpages to view related PhD projects on offer.

We have many international links and a strong cohort of PhD students (over 30) and post-docs. There is also an active and well-attended weekly seminar series and a suite of state-of-the-art analytical facilities with dedicated technical support.

Research Centres And Groups

  • Applied Physics

Research into advanced materials focuses on the preparation of multi-functional materials and the development of novel materials characterization metrologies. Other research areas include the foundations of quantum theory, and there are strong links with the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.

  • Biodiversity and Evolution

We offer supervision in the fields of vertebrate palaeontology, Silurian biostratigraphy using graptolites and palynological techniques, high resolution integrated stratigraphy, particularly for the Cretaceous, micropalaeontology, and ichnofacies and palaeobiological aspects of palaeoichnology.

  • Centre for Applied Geoscience

Our researchers specialise in the investigation and management of natural and man-made hazards and the conservation of our geo-heritage. Current research themes include lava flow behaviour and hazards, structural constraints on the eruptive behaviour of volcanoes, prevention and mitigation of volcanic risk, and emergency planning.

  • Crustal Evolution Research Group

Our researchers undertake research projects and supervise research students in various fields, including: evolution of the continental crust through Earth history, the onset of subduction and plate tectonics, accessory mineral insights into global geodynamics and palaeo ice sheets, mineralization processes, and igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis.

  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring Group

Our researchers offer supervision in specialisms such as environmental impacts of ionising radiation, modelling nutrient transport in rivers and their catchments, and elemental and isotopic fingerprinting methods of dust source attribution. Research projects in the marine area include nutrient and trace metal phytoplankton interactions, sediment-water interactions and mesoscale structure, and the dynamics of fronts and eddies.

  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory

Our research focuses on how and why rocks deform under different conditions of pressure and temperature, using the latest technology in high pressure rock deformation machines, equipped with systems for controlling stress, strain, temperature and fluid flow, and instrumented with advanced Acoustic Emission recording technology – the laboratory analogue of a natural earthquake.

Career

One of the benefits of studying Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service  can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Programme Structure

Research areas:

  • Applied advanced materials research
  • Cosmology and gravitation
  • Quantum theory
  • Particle physics
  • Physics education
  • Environmental radiation
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Environmental monitoring and modelling
  • Geoconservation and heritage science
  • Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami
  • Taxonomy and evolution
  • Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentology
  • Evolution of the continental crust through earth history
  • The onset of subduction and plate tectonics
  • Accessory mineral insights into global geodynamics and palaeo-ice sheets
  • Igneous and Metamorphic petrogenesis
  • Volcano geodynamics and palaeo-seismology
  • Rock physics and deformation
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Marine biogeochemistry and Ecosystem research
  • Ecotoxicology and pollution
  • Climate change

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications are accepted all year round, but it's recommended to apply 2–3 months before your chosen start date.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 
  • International part-time students: £7,550

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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