DPhil Projects 2019

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.

Funded projects

Leverhulme Trust project ‘Earthquake Ruptures of Iran and Central Asia’

This studentship covers fees, stipend, travel and research funds for a UK student.

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

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.

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).

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.

Unfunded projects

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