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Postgraduate Research - Earth Sciences

 

PhD research studies are supported by Research Council, industrial and College studentships, and projects cover the wide range of departmental research interests. Our postgraduate teaching and research activities strengthen links with a wide range of industrial and commercial partners within the oil, mineral, extraction, waste management and water industries. These links provide support for research, employment for graduates and work experience for undergraduates.

Listed below are full-time MPhil & PhD research projects presently on offer. If you are interested in a project, prefer to study part-time, or wish to discuss potential projects of your own design, please contact the lead supervisor, and submit a CV. 

The department aims to fund up to two PhD scholarships (maintenance & home fees).

Bench Fees: The cost of your research needs should be discussed in advance with your supervisor and appropriate sources for this funding should be identified

Please contact the Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator, if you have additional questions about the department or application procedures (email: pgadmin@es.rhul.ac.uk ;  tel: 01784-443581). 

Applications will require 2 letters of reference, plus a cover letter and CV. The departmental policy is to offer all available studentships (RHUL & Industrial) to the best applicants across the range of PhD topics on offer.

An application form can be found here www.rhul.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying

Applicants are requested to send an additional copy of their CV directly to the lead supervisor of the project in which they are interested. Please also contact the supervisor if you have any questions about the project itself.

Applicants for RHUL funding will be invited for interview usually in late February and offers are made soon after.  Other applications are welcome at any time.

List of projects

TitleLead SupervisorPDF
HErupt: Hydrothermal cell pre-­Eruptive simulation: An analogue model of bubble formation in explosive magmas Dr Giulio Solferino PDF
Exploring phosphates and carbonates as an archive of the zinc­ isotope chemistry of past oceans Dr Alex Dickson, Hugh Jenkins(Oxford), Prof Dave Mattey PDF
Quantifying marine redox during the Triassic–Jurassic mass extinction Dr Alex Dickson, Micha Ruhl PDF
Isotope geochemistry of tellurium: Adsorption and reduction of tellurium oxyanions Dr Anirban Basu, Prof Martin King PDF
Characterization of deposits along gateways and its implications on hydrocarbon exploration Dr Domenico Chiarella PDF
Assessing sedimentary response of marine depositional systems developed in tectonically controlled elongate basins. Dr D Chiarella, Dr J Hernández-Molina & Dr S Longhitano (University of Basilicata, Italy) PDF
Contourite, climate and paleoceanography: decoding processes from the South Atlantic Dr. Javier Hernández-Molina PDF
Project ESR9: The isotopic signature of urban methane emissions Dr D Lowry, Dr R Fisher, Prof E Nisbet & Prof T Rockmann PDF
Project ESR7: Methane from waste: constraints on captured and fugitive emissions from isotopic analysis Dr D Lowry, Dr R Fisher, Prof E Nisbet & Dr H Chen PDF
Building Accretionary Prisms: studying the interaction between the Himalaya uplift and the Sumatra subduction Dr Paola Vannucchi and Prof Jason Morgan PDF
The directional reflectance of desert sands and salt pans for the vicarious calibration of satellite remote sensing: A CASE studentship with the National Physical Laboratory Prof Martin King and Nigel Fox(NPL) PDF
Optical Properties of Atmospheric Aerosol by Laser tweezers: A CASE studentship with Rutherford-­Appleton Laboratory Prof Martin King and Andrew Ward (RAL) PDF
Global change in atmospheric oxidation capacity owing to polar sea salt in Snow and ice: A CASE studentship with British Antarctic Survey Prof Martin King and

Markus Frey (BAS)

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Do black carbon and humic materials in snow and ice decay? Prof Martin King PDF
Oxidation of real atmospheric organic matter on interfaces of atmospheric aerosol: does it activate to cloud droplets (STFC funded) Prof Martin King & Dr Andrew D Ward (Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory) PDF
The conditions for magma-­chamber rupture and volcanic eruption during unrest periods Prof Agust Gudmundsson PDF
Energies associated with large caldera-forming eruptions Prof Agust Gudmundsson PDF
Rift-zone volcanic systems: their initiation, evolution, and extinction Prof Agust Gudmundsson PDF
Dyke-propagation paths: the movement of magma from the source to the surface Prof Agust Gudmundsson PDF
Energy sources, behaviour, and durations of volcanic eruptions Prof Agust Gudmundsson PDF
Volcano-tectonic modelling of magma chambers, ring-faults, unrest, and eruptions in volcanoes Prof Agust Gudmundsson PDF
Granular Rock-­Analogue Materials (GRAM) for simulation of multi-­scale fault-­fracture processes Prof Jürgen Adam PDF
The role of syn-kinematic sedimentation on early salt tectonic processes in the Post-Permian Salt Basin, Southern North Sea Prof Jürgen Adam PDF
Simulation of Non-linear Fault-Fracture Processes and the Stress-Strain History in the Brittle Continental Crust Prof Jürgen Adam PDF
The tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Inle pull-­apart basin, eastern Myanmar Dr Ian Watkinson PDF
Fault reactivation and evolution along the Madagascar-India conjugate margin Dr Ian Watkinson PDF
Drainage evolution and tectonics of the India-Sundaland boundary, Myanmar. Dr Ian Watkinson PDF
Deformation and exhumation processes in the metamorphic rocks of Thailand. Dr Ian Watkinson PDF
Microgeodynamic modeling of deep mantle melting Dr Saswata Hier-Majumder PDF
Thermochemical anomalies in the Earth’s lowermost mantle Dr Saswata Hier-Majumder and Carolina Lithgow-­Bertelloni(UCL) PDF
Numerical modeling of pollutant transport by porous flow Dr Saswata Hier-Majumder PDF
The Origin of Coal: unravelling the effects of climate, sea-level and vegetation on Pennsylvanian landscape evolution. Prof Howard Falcon-Lang PDF
The Use of Biochar as a Soil Amendment Prof. Margaret Collinson, Dr. Saran Sohi, Dr. Ben Raymond PDF
Carbon dioxide and methane in karst systems Prof Dave Mattey and Dr Dave Lowry PDF
Cretaceous angiosperms: seeing the trees from the wood Prof Howard Falcon-Lang PDF
Seasonal fluxes of N2O and CH4 in treated forest soils Dr Kevin C Clemitshaw, Dr Dave Lowry, and Dr Sirwan Yamulki(Forestry Research) PDF

 

MSc in Geology by Research

This programme is offered to prospective students who wish to pursue research in a selected field of the Geological Sciences for a period of one calendar year full time or two calendar years part time and be awarded a Masters degree.

The main focus of the degree programme is an independent research project, chosen by the student, developed into a project proposal through discussion with a chosen supervisor at Royal Holloway. It may be possible to arrange co-supervisors from other Universities, Research Institutes or Industry, to benefit from their specialist expertise. Students will receive training in research skills, including data collection, data handling and analytical techniques as well as transferable and presentation skills. During their studies students may attend taught courses if they are relevant to their training needs and students will have access to the wide range of other training opportunities available in the college including the Researcher Development Programme (RDP). Students may be employed as postgraduate demonstrators if there are opportunities available. In this situation they may attend the course 'Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning' (inSTIL) which, on successful completion, results in accreditation as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

The main outcome of the degree programme is a piece of independent research presented in the form of a dissertation. Upon completion of the programme students will have gained experience of research and presentation of material in the geological sciences which equips them to publish work in international scientific journals.

Prospective students should contact individual members of staff in the department in the first instance to discuss potential research projects. (The research interests of staff are available here.

More general questions may be directed to our postgraduate administrator pgadmin@es.rhul.ac.uk

For information on fees please see this

It should be noted that there are no funded places available for this degree programme but prospective students resident in England, and EU, EAA and Swiss students, may be eligible for a government loan. Further information on these loans is available at this external resource.

Proposed Research Studentship (MSc by Research)

Tectono-structural evolution of the Newfoundland/Iberian Conjugate Margins
Continental Margins Research Group & COMPASS Consortium
Supervisors: Prof. Jürgen Adam, Dr. Lucía Pérez Díaz and Dr. Graeme Eagles

This partly-funded project would suit a student with a sound geophysical background and an interest for extensional tectonics. As part of the Continental Margins Research Group, the successful candidate will receive training in platekinematic modelling techniques, seismic interpretation and the tectono-structural aspects of basin analysis.

Further details (PDF file)

 

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The department is part of the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership and applications are sought for two fully-funded London NERC DTP studentships (for a September 2018 start) that will be based at Royal Holloway University of London.

One studentship will be in the Department of Earth Sciences and the other will be awarded in open competition between Earth Sciences, the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Geography. A list of projects is available below.

Candidates are strongly advised first to check their eligibility for NERC funding on the London NERC DTP website and to make contact with the relevant lead supervisor when preparing their application. Email contact details can be found through the relevant departmental webpages (Earth Sciences; School of Biological Sciences; Geography).

Applications should be made through Royal Holloway’s online system, Royal Holloway Direct by the closing date of 11am on 8th January 2018. Please state clearly the department and project for which you are applying (each project has a unique identifier) and include a supporting statement as to why you wish to study your selected project, your CV, copies of your transcripts or degree certificate(s) and details of TWO referees, including contact email addresses.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified before the end of January 2018 and interviews will be held at Royal Holloway in mid-February 2018.

The successful applicants will join Cohort 5 of the London NERC DTP in September 2018 and will participate alongside the rest of the cohort in selected training opportunities in their first year, including Induction Week, Skills Fridays at the Natural History Museum and the 10 day California fieldtrip. Full details of the training can be found on the London NERC DTP website.

 

List of NERC DTP projects

TitleLead SupervisorPDFApp Code
HErupt: Hydrothermal cell pre-­Eruptive simulation: An analogue model of bubble formation in explosive magmas Dr Giulio Solferino PDF RHULES15
Exploring phosphates and carbonates as an archive of the zinc­ isotope chemistry of past oceans Dr Alex Dickson, Hugh Jenkins(Oxford), Prof Dave Mattey PDF RHULES05
Quantifying marine redox during the Triassic–Jurassic mass extinction Dr Alex Dickson, Micha Ruhl PDF RHULES04
Characterization of deposits along gateways and its implications on hydrocarbon exploration Dr Domenico Chiarella PDF RHULES02
Contourite, climate and paleoceanography: decoding processes from the South Atlantic Dr. Javier Hernández-Molina PDF RHULES08
The directional reflectance of desert sands and salt pans for the vicarious calibration of satellite remote sensing: A CASE studentship with the National Physical Laboratory Prof Martin King and Nigel Fox(NPL) PDF RHULES13
Optical Properties of Atmospheric Aerosol by Laser tweezers: A CASE studentship with Rutherford-­Appleton Laboratory Prof Martin King and Andrew Ward (RAL) PDF RHULES14
Global change in atmospheric oxidation capacity owing to polar sea salt in Snow and ice: A CASE studentship with British Antarctic Survey Prof Martin King and

Markus Frey (BAS)

PDF RHULES12
The conditions for magma-­chamber rupture and volcanic eruption during unrest periods Prof Agust Gudmundsson PDF RHULES07
Granular Rock-­Analogue Materials (GRAM) for simulation of multi-­scale fault-­fracture processes Prof Jürgen Adam PDF RHULES01
Microgeodynamic modeling of deep mantle melting Dr Saswata Hier-Majumder PDF RHULES10
Thermochemical anomalies in the Earth’s lowermost mantle Dr Saswata Hier-Majumder and Carolina Lithgow-­Bertelloni(UCL) PDF RHULES11
Numerical modeling of pollutant transport by porous flow Dr Saswata Hier-Majumder PDF RHULES09
Seasonal fluxes of N2O and CH4 in treated forest soils Dr Kevin C Clemitshaw, Dr Dave Lowry, and Dr Sirwan Yamulki(Forestry Research) PDF RHULES03

 A full list of all the department's studentships are avaliable in the PhD by Research section

 

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