DPhil Projects 2020

Listed below are the DPhil projects offered for 2020 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

ERC (European Research Council) studentships

Project EARTH-19-TM2: Sniffing out global volcanic fingerprints using mercury in Quaternary sedimentary records

  • This 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.

Project EARTH-20-RK1: Two-phase geodynamics of continental and oceanic rifting (RIFT-O-MAT)

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

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.

Other DPhil/DTP projects

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-20-DP1: Diagnosing pre-eruption processes at a mafic volcano in southern Chile

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-20-HJ1: A Lagrangian view of subpolar North Atlantic ocean circulation

Project EARTH-20-RK2: A climate model for Pleistocene glacial cycles

Project EARTH-20-RP1: Geodynamic mechanisms for building Earth’s first continents

Project EARTH-20-RP2: A hidden water reservoir in the continental lithosphere

Project EARTH-19-RR1Evolution of oxygen sensing in algae and early plants

Project EARTH-20-RR2Crystallising ideas on the mechanism of calcification in microfossils

Project EARTH-19-SR1: Atmospheric pCO2 change, carbon cycling and climate during Mesozoic Oceanic Anoxic Events

Project EARTH-19-SR2: Constraining the tempo of Mesozoic Oceanic Anoxic Events using extra-terrestrial He-isotopes

Project EARTH-19-SR3: Tracking upper ocean circulation in the Cretaceous ocean

Project EARTH-20-TM1: Magmatic volatiles: the behaviour of noble gases and halogens in subduction-related volcanic systems