DPhil Projects 2020

Listed below are the doctoral research projects offered for 2020 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.

Funded projects

ERC (European Research Council) studentships

Project EARTH-20-HM1: Iron spin crossovers in Earth’s lower mantle studied by novel high-pressure/-temperature experiments (DEEP-MAPS ERC)

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

Project EARTH-20-HM2: The effects of displacive phase transitions in Earth’s lower mantle on seismic wave propagation studied by novel experiments (DEEP-MAPS 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.

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

You can also devise a project of your own for the DTP 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.

Information about how to apply to the DTP, and about other DTP projects can be found at www.environmental-research.ox.ac.uk.

Robert and Valerie Appleby Research Scholarship

Oxford University Museum of Natural History is currently inviting applications for the Robert and Valerie Appleby Research Scholarship, a new award to support postgraduate research in the field of vertebrate palaeontology, which can be held at the Museum of Natural History or in the Departments of Zoology or Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford from autumn 2020.  Further information about this scholarship can be found on the Museum of Natural History website.

To be considered for this scholarship you must submit a course application form for the DPhil in Earth Sciences through the University’s website at www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/apply, quoting the reference code: EARTH-20-APPLEBY, followed by your proposed research title when you are asked to enter a proposed project area/title.  You must also submit the additional application form for the scholarship to the Earth Sciences Academic Office for the attention of the Director of Graduate Studies by emailing it to graduate.studies@earth.ox.ac.uk.  Both your course application (including references) and your scholarship application form must be submitted by Friday 24 January 2020.

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-HM4: Experimental Exploration of Mars´ Interior

Project EARTH-20-JB1: Constraining the ancient mechanism of geodynamo generation

Project EARTH-20-JH1: High-precision geodesy and seismology for hydrology and slow earthquakes

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-20-RW1: The Earthquake Ruptures of Iran and Central Asia

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