DPhil Projects 2019
Listed below are the DPhil projects offered for 2019 entry. Please note, we are now closed to applications for that cycle.
Listed below are the DPhil projects offered for 2019 entry. You will need to apply for both the programme and the project via the main University online graduate application form, and pay an application fee. The application form, all supporting materials required for the programme (including references) and payment must be submitted by the application deadline. To access the application form and application guide please visit the University’s website at www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/apply.
On the application form, in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, you must indicate that you are applying for a project and enter the project reference code given below.
Project EARTH-19-DP1: The influence of oxygen fugacity on peralkaline eruption dynamics
Project EARTH-19-ES1: Does increased diversity cause increased predation pressure?
Project EARTH-19-ES2: Are niches smaller when there are more species? A quantitative investigation of niche partitioning over the Phanerozoic
Project EARTH-19-ES3: Disentangling the dynamics of diversification in deep time
Project EARTH-19-JH1: Tracking and modelling complex earthquake ruptures
Project EARTH-19-JH2: How do earthquakes start?
Project EARTH-19-RA1: Mongolian fossils at the dawn of animal life on Earth
Project EARTH-19-RA2: Filling the early Tonian gap in the fossil record of complex life
Project EARTH-19-RR1: Evolution of oxygen sensing in algae and early plants
Project EARTH-19-RR2: Probing the Changing Redfield Ratio of phytoplankton
Closed projects no longer open to applications
Leverhulme Trust project ‘Earthquake Ruptures of Iran and Central Asia’
This studentship covers fees, stipend, travel and research funds for a UK student.
- Project EARTH-19-RW1: The Earthquake Ruptures of Iran and Central Asia
STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) studentship
There is a single STFC studentship available; the subject area would be in Solar and Planetary Science (e.g. Earth Observation); we would welcome applications with research proposals within this subject area (reference: EARTH-19-STFC1) or applications to the listed project below. The studentship would be 3 years duration in the first instance, with the possibility of extension to 3.5 years; it includes fees, stipend, travel and research funds, and is available to UK students; EU candidates are eligible for fees only.
- Project EARTH-19-STFC1-BW: Volatile loss and gain from planetesimals during early solar system melting events
- Project EARTH-19-STFC1-JH: Deep moonquake properties: deciphering stresses and deformation patterns
Future of Humanity Institute scholarships
The Future of Humanity Institute, which is a research centre within the Faculty of Philosophy, will award up to 8 full scholarships to candidates from a range of departments for 2019 entry, including Earth Sciences. Information about the Institute and the scholarships can be found at www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/scholarships (reference: EARTH-19-FHI1).
ERC (European Research Council) studentships
These studentships would be 3 years duration in the first instance, with the possibility of extension to 3.5 years; they include fees, stipend, travel and research funds.
- Project EARTH-19-TM1: Improved understanding of the behaviour of mercury and other trace metals in basaltic magmas
- Project EARTH-19-TM2: Sniffing out global volcanic fingerprints using mercury in Quaternary sedimentary records
DTP: Earth Sciences related CASE studentships
Information about how to apply to the DTP and about other DTP projects can be found at www.environmental-research.ox.ac.uk.
- Copper/Cobalt strata-bound systems; A Basin Analysis approach to the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Central African Katangan basin of Zambia and its strata-bound copper deposits
- Seasonal shifts in phytoplankton community structure in the Southern Ocean observed from space
- Understanding the molecular mechanisms of trace metal interactions with mineral surfaces in natural systems: an integrated stable isotope, XAS and HRTEM study
- The fate of mercury (Hg) during thermal maturation of sediments and its implications for interpreting the geological record
- Terrestrialisation in vertebrates using evidence from synchrotron tomography
- Development, environmental change, and dispersal abilities in living and extinct mammals