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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 »

Mistletoe: “Berry” tasty or the kiss of death?

Of all the plants used for festive decorations, mistletoe is perhaps the most intriguing. It is an evergreen with a curious parasitic nature, a fascinating history, and a surprising number of medicinal properties.

Student Impact »

Student Blog Reaches Almost 700,000 Reads

DTP student Matilda Brindle garnered media attention for her new publication in The Proceedings of the Royal Society B, exploring the evolution of the baculum in primates and carnivores. Her excellent summary written for The Conversation, entitled “How penis bones help primates win the mating game – and why humans might have lost theirs” received… Read More ›

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