Welcome to the SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

A postgraduate centre in the Science of the Environment:
Natural and Anthropogenic pRocesses, Impacts and Opportunities

New opportunity - additional funded studentships for entry in the 2017/2018 academic year.
Please see the Available PhD projects page for a full list of projects.

Application deadline is: 5th July 2017

Graduates of SCENARIO will play a major role in advancing the quantitative science of the environment, in understanding the interaction between people and environmental change, and in the exploitation of environmental science and engineering by industry and policy makers. They will become tomorrow's leaders in the ever expanding, and increasingly high profile, field of environmental science. The scientific scope of SCENARIO is broad, spanning the physical, chemical and biological processes within the overarching theme of "environmental risk and sustainability" over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. We have supervisory expertise spanning the science of atmosphere, oceans, ice, hydrology, soil, ecosystems and space weather. SCENARIO seeks to attract high-quality graduates from science, mathematics and engineering degrees. NERC are fully funding 60 PhD studentships (12 per year, for 5 years) and we aim to increase the student cohort with co-sponsorship.

As a SCENARIO PhD student you will engage primarily in scientific research under the guidance of your supervisors. SCENARIO will provide PhD training ranging from in-depth disciplinary underpinning science, to projects that explore and deepen the links between disciplines. It will develop your skills in environmental sciences by exploiting diverse training opportunities including: subject-specific courses (MSc-level modules), high performance computing, fieldwork, laboratory work, professional development and short courses run by SCENARIO where the DTP students will come together to discuss and offer solutions to topical issues in environmental science. You will have the exciting opportunity to take a placement with one of our industrial partners or with one of our three international university partners. As a NERC PhD student you will receive a stipend (similar to a wage, but tax free) and your university fees will be paid. You will also have funding for participation in conferences, fieldwork and visits to the Partners co-supervising your project.

SCENARIO is led by the University of Reading, with three further Host Partners (where lead supervision of students will also take place): the University of Surrey, the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the NERC British Geological Survey (BGS). Please go to the Partners page to see our wide range of industry and public sector partners.

Professor John Methven, Director of the SCENARIO NERC DTP

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