DPhil Projects 2022

Listed below are the DPhil projects offered for 2022 entry.

Listed below are the doctoral research projects offered for 2022 entry.  You can also devise a project of your own in consultation with potential supervisors.  Please ensure you contact the project supervisor or a potential supervisor to discuss your project.  This is essential if you are not applying to a listed project.  A list of Faculty and their contact details can be found here.

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.

If you are applying for an advertised project you must indicate this by entering the project reference code (given below) on the application form, in the sections headed ‘Proposed field and title of research project’ and ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’.


ERC (European Research Council) studentship

  • Project EARTH-21-AW1: Atomic scale simulations to unlock isotopic fractionation in crystallizing magma oceans (NONUNE ERC)

This studentship would be for a maximum of 4 years duration; it includes fees, stipend, travel and research funds.

GNS New Zealand project and Oxford Wolfson Marriott Graduate Scholarship

  • Project EARTH-22-TNM1: Large-scale assessment of seismic ground motion in New Zealand with physics-based simulation and machine learning

This funding would be for a maximum of 4 years duration; it includes fees, stipend, travel and research funds and is open to applications from candidates from anywhere in the world.

Department-Koelemeijer studentships

These 2 studentships would be for a maximum of 4 years duration; they include Home fees, stipend, travel and research funds.

Department-Rickaby studentship

This studentship would be for a maximum of 3.5 years duration; it includes Home fees, stipend, travel and research funds.


Funding for the following projects may be offered from various sources, such as the Clarendon, or through the DTP.  They are also open to applicants who will be self-funded.

Project EARTH-22-AW2: What is the temperature and composition at the bottom of Earth’s mantle?

Project EARTH-22-CN1: Using Banded Iron Formations to Improve the Precambrian Paleointensity Record

Project EARTH-22-CN2: Banded iron formations and early Earth environments

Project EARTH-22-CN3: Using paleomagnetism and plate tectonics to understand core crystallization and early geodynamics

Project EARTH-22-DPy1: Age and development of Santorini volcano, Greece

Project EARTH-22-HB1: Hidden Ocean Forests: Understanding the Ecological and Physiological Properties of Phytoplankton in Subsurface Layers

Project EARTH-22-HJ1: Lateral Eddy Transports in the Global Ocean

Project EARTH-22-HM1: Rapid Multi-dimensional Seismic Property Mapping of Earth Materials

Project EARTH-22-HM2: Experimental Study of Planetary Ices at High-Pressure/-Temperature Using dynamic diamond-anvil cells

Project EARTH-22-JC1: Microbial biomineralization: role in cooperation and population structure in biofilms

Project EARTH-22-RK1: From dislocations to subduction: the microphysics of olivine deformation and its geodynamic implications

Project EARTH-22-RP1: Regional metamorphism and melting in the Langtang Himalaya, Nepal

Project EARTH-22-RP2: Modelling tectonic regimes on rocky planets

Project EARTH-22-RW1: Historical and archaeological contributions to earthquake studies in continental Asia

Project EARTH-22-RW2: The Earthquake Ruptures of Iran and Central Asia

Project EARTH-22-RW3: Active tectonics of Azerbaijan and the South Caspian

Project EARTH-22-SR1: Constraining the tempo of Mesozoic Oceanic Anoxic Events using extra-terrestrial He-isotopes

Project EARTH-22-SR2: Tracking upper ocean circulation in the Cretaceous ocean