PhD Studentships available in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

Open University


The School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, STEM Faculty, invites applications for full-time PhD studentships for an October 2018 start,  projects are divided into different categories based on the disciplines and the range of backgrounds expected from applicants:

  • Anthropogenic Impacts and Environmental Sustainability
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Evolution of Organisms and Ecosystems
  • Organisms, ‘omics and biogeochemistry

Details of the PhD projects we are offering this year can be found at the following web address:

Funding information

These projects are funded by the Science and Technology facilities council (STFC), the Central England NERC Training Alliance CENTA , and/or The Open University. The studentships are fully funded for 3.5 years, covering tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and provide a stipend of £14,553 per year. CENTA studentships are available for UK and EU applicants who qualify for NERC awards (see RCUK Terms & Conditions for further guidance about eligibility for NERC funding). Studentships funded solely by The Open University are available to students of any nationality subject to the acquisition of a Tier 4 visa.

Requirements of Candidate

A first degree at grade 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant science subject is required. A Masters degree (MSc or integrated MSci) or equivalent experience is desirable.

How to apply

If you would like to apply the please send an email together with a cover letter outlining why the project is of interest and how your skills match those required, your CV, contact details of 3 academic references, a completed OU application form and a CENTA application form (if applying to a CENTA PhD project) to the following email address:

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 12th February 2018.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on 22nd January 2018.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.