PhD projects

Updated 13 June 2017

10 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.
  • Space weather in a changing space climate: using proxies for space weather to characterise the relationship between space climate and extreme space weather, supervised by Prof Matt Owens and Prof Mike Lockwood.
  • The outer boundary of the Outer Radiation Belt: using in-situ particle information from international space missions to study the influx and outflow of high-energy electrons, supervised by Dr Clare Watt and Prof Chris Scott.
  • Thermal Remote Sensing of Coastal Waters, supervised by Prof Chris Merchant and Dr Claire Bulgin.
  • Using urban observations in numerical weather prediction: mathematical techniques for multi-scale filtering, supervised by Dr Sarah Dance and Dr Joanne Waller.
  • Decadal Variability of Tropical Cyclones: Natural Variability or Anthropogenic Influence?, supervised by Prof Pier Luigi Vidale and Dr Kevin Hodges.
  • Energetic Electron Precipitation Coupling Near-Earth Space to the Atmosphere, supervised by Dr Clare Watt and Dr Mark Clilverd.
  • The effects of pollution on plants and climate, supervised by Prof Bill Collins and Prof Pier Luigi Vidale.
  • High resolution air-sea coupling for downstream storm prediction, supervised by Prof Martin Ambaum and Dr Huw Lewis.
  • Improving Coral Reef Threat Alerts using Earth Observation, supervised by Prof Chris Merchant and Dr Andrew Banks.

See full project descriptions below.

Note that the projects supervised by Prof Owens and Dr Watt are in competition with each other for funding: the decision will be made based on the excellence of the candidates.

Similarly, the last five projects in the list above, supervised by Prof Vidale, Dr Watt, Prof Collins, Prof Ambaum, and Prof Merchant are in competition for funding within the SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership.


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.