DPhil Projects 2021

Listed below are the doctoral research projects offered for 2021 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 on the application form in the section headed ‘Departmental Studentship Applications’, and enter the project reference code given below.


ERC (European Research Council) studentships

  • 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.

  • Project EARTH-20-HM3: The bridgmanite to post-perovskite transition in Earth’s lower mantle studied by time-resolved experiments (DEEP-MAPS ERC)

This studentship would be for a maximum of 4 years duration; it includes 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-21-CN1: Banded Iron Formations as Recorders of Ancient Earth Surface Environments
  • Project EARTH-21-HB1: Detecting seasonal shifts in the taxonomic structure and productivity of marine phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean
  • Project EARTH-21-HM1: Experimental Study of Planetary Ices at High-Pressure/-Temperature Using dynamic diamond-anvil cells
  • Project EARTH-21-JBr: The Properties of Planetary Magnetic Fields Generated by Core Solidification
  • Project EARTH-21-JC1: Geomicrobiology of the Manantial del Toro cave (Dominican Republic): a microbial “living filter”?
  • Project EARTH-21-JC2: Microbial sulfur formation: mechanism, function, and applications
  • Project EARTH-21-LS1: Stress transmission between neighbouring Greenland supraglacial lakes from geodetic observations
  • Project EARTH-21-LS2: Drainage dynamics of neighbouring Greenland supraglacial lakes from satellite remote sensing observations
  • Project EARTH-21-RK1: Tidal dissipation, magmatism and mantle convection on Io
  • Project EARTH-21-RK2: A climate model for Pleistocene glacial cycles
  • Project EARTH-21-RP1: Petrogenesis of the Archaean Li–Cs–Ta (LCT) Bikita pegmatite, Zimbabwe
  • Project EARTH-21-RP2: Building an Precambrian continent: the role of ductile shear zones
  • Project EARTH-21-SR1: Atmospheric pCO2 change, carbon cycling and climate during Mesozoic Oceanic Anoxic Events
  • Project EARTH-21-SR2: Constraining the tempo of Mesozoic Oceanic Anoxic Events using extraterrestrial He-isotopes
  • Project EARTH-21-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