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Applications for our 2018 programme will open in November 2017.

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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.


Blog »

Do we really know where the Ocean is?

Believe it or not, scientists still can’t agree on where the continent ends, and the ocean begins. On the Atlantic coastlines of North and South America, or the western coasts of Europe and Africa, for example, we don’t know exactly where the real oceanic sea floor starts. I know, you may think, “who cares?”, but the location of the divide between continental crust and oceanic crust might determine whether they build an oil rig in front of your favourite beach in Portugal, can affect the rights of countries over the sea, and has an interesting scientific side, too.

Student Impact »

Whales: Beneath the surface @ Natural History Museum Lates

Join Ellen Coombs and other whale biologists for an evening at the Natural History Museum. As part of their Museum Lates series, Ellen will present spectacular specimens from the collections, including part of a whale foetus, a narwhal replica tusk and a sperm whale’s tooth, and will reveal incredible cetacean feeding and communication strategies. The event is free to attend.

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