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PhD Training in the Natural Sciences

The London NERC DTP currently funds 104 PhD students in the natural sciences.


Our aim is to attain new standards of excellence in environmental science research training, and deliver a transformative inter-disciplinary experience for PhD students in the heart of London.


Our students are trained at 9 of the World-leading research centres, which cover a huge range of environmental science research, from those driven by contemporary environmental challenges to those exploring complex questions about the evolution of planet Earth.


Please view the themes and associated PhD projects. If you are interested in applying please click here.


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Earthworms are more important than pandas (if you want to save the planet)

Not all wildlife is created equal in our eyes. Take the earthworm, which doesn’t have the widespread appeal of larger, more charismatic animals such as gorillas, tigers or pandas. Worms are never going to get a strong cute response, and they won’t ever be the face of a conservation campaign. But what Darwin rightly recognised is that – panda fans avert your eyes – worm conservation is much more important once we factor in their provision of what we now call “ecosystem services”, which are crucial to human survival.

Student Impact »

Field Adventures Lunchtime Talk at the Grant Museum

8thMarch 1.30pm – 2.30pm Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL As part of the Making Nature: How we see animals exhibition, The Grant Museum of Zoology has teamed up with the Wellcome Collection for a series of lunchtime talks looking at life in the field. The next ‘Field Adventures’ lunch time talk will feature cohort 1… Read More ›

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