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PhD Studentship in Engineering - Wellbore Stability for Carbon Sequestration in Geological Formations

Newcastle University - Civil Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 annual stipend plus 100% of UK/EU tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th August 2018
Closes: 22nd August 2018
Reference: ENG017

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual stipend of £14,777 (at 2018/19 rate).

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2018

The funding covers a 3.5 year PhD.

Application closing date

22 August 2018.


Since the industrial revolution, human society has emitted a huge amount of CO2 to the atmosphere through processes such as fossil fuel usage and concrete production. This amount of CO2 has exceeded the intake capacity of the planet.

This unbalanced CO2 has gradually created severe environmental and societal problems. The average temperature of the earth near surface atmosphere has increased by 0.74ºC from 1906 to 2005 and the increase is becoming more rapid.

The aim of the project is to develop a CO2 injection model which will take into account the thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling effect on the wellbore stability caused by intermittent injection of CO2 and the expansion of CO2 inside the wellbore.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name of supervisor(s)

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in:

  • Civil Engineering;
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering;
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • or a related subject.

You will be expected to conduct work with industrial partners and should have good interpersonal skills.

The studentships are open to applicants satisfying EPSRC home/UK or EU fee status criteria and are eligible for home fees. EU candidates may only be available for a partial award.

English language

If English is not your native language, you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. You need individual scores of 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills:

  • writing;
  • reading;
  • speaking;
  • listening.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s postgraduate application portal.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8040F in the programme of study section;
  • select ‘PhD in Civil Engineering (FT) - Environmental Science’ as the programme of study;
  • insert the studentship code ENG017 in the studentship/partnership reference field;
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG017 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project;
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


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