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.
We offer a range of full-time MPhil & PhD research projects. 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).
The cost of your research needs should be discussed in advance with your supervisor and appropriate sources for this funding should be identified
For more information email the Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, or call 01784-443581.
Applications will require 2 letters of reference, plus a cover letter and CV. The departmental policy is to offer all available studentships to the best applicants across the range of PhD topics on offer.
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 Royal Holloway funding will be invited for interview usually in late February and offers are made soon after. Other applications are welcome at any time.
MSc by Research
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 your studies you may attend taught courses if they are relevant to your training needs. 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.
General questions may be directed to the postgraduate administrator.
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.
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 plate kinematic modelling techniques, seismic interpretation and the tectono-structural aspects of basin analysis.
Find out more.