PhD projects

Updated 18 August 2017

3 fully-funded studentships are available now:

  • Multi-scale anthropogenic heat flux modelling: current and future energy systems, supervised by Prof Sue Grimmond and Dr Stefan Thor Smith.
  • Using urban observations in numerical weather prediction: mathematical techniques for multi-scale filtering, supervised by Dr Sarah Dance and Dr Joanne Waller.
  • Evolution of monsoon rainfall in climate models and palaeoclimate observations over the last millennium, supervised by Dr Andy Turner and Prof Dominik Fleitmann.

And up to 2 fully-funded studentships are available within the SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership. The projects based in the Department of Meteorology that are competing for those 2 studentships are:

  • Energetic Electron Precipitation Coupling Near-Earth Space to the Atmosphere, supervised by Dr Clare Watt and Dr Mark Clilverd.
  • High resolution air-sea coupling for downstream storm prediction, supervised by Prof Marteen Ambaum and Dr Huw Lewis.
  • Improving Coral Reef Threat Alerts using Earth Observation, supervised by Prof Chris Merchant and Dr Andrew Banks.
  • Investigating the impacts of air pollutants on vegetation, carbon dioxide and climate, supervised by Prof Bill Collins and Prof Pier Luigi Vidale.

We also have several projects available for students with their own funding.

Full project descriptions are available on the Department of Meteorology page on findaphd.


Many of the projects we advertise are funded by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Importantly, there are several routes to funding and the funding is detailed in the project descriptions.

Many projects are part of the SCENARIO NERC Doctoral Training Partnership and the Mathematics of Planet Earth EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

We also advertise many projects for students with their own funding, see the adverts below labelled "self-funded". Those projects are available for self-funded students or students who wish to apply to international postgraduate research scholarship competitions.

For each projects, please make sure to check the funding key carefully to find out whether you are eligible for funding.

Some of the fully-funded projects are confirmed or potential "CASE studentships" - CASE studentships are co-operative awards in which the student enhances their training by spending periods with the CASE partner (such as the Met Office) in a workplace outside the academic environment. The CASE partner provides modest extra funding to the students (minimum of £1000 per year) plus expenses that are incurred during visits. For projects with potential CASE awards, the final decision on which projects will become CASE will be made after candidates have been selected.

For further information on how to apply please click here.

To discover what it is like to study for a PhD with us, read our brochure!

For students with their own funding, other projects can be made available, following discussions with suitable supervisors. Please contact met-phdinfo@lists.reading.ac.uk for more information.

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