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PhD Training in the Natural Sciences

The London NERC DTP currently funds 142 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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Research Shows Thames Fish Have Ingested Microplastic

This post was first published on the Thames Estuary Partnership website. Last year, a published study by Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum found that in 2014 up to 75% of the flounder in the Thames Estuary had ingested plastic. In a second study, RHUL-NHM, in conjunction with Field Studies Council Millport, has now discovered that more species are ingesting plastic in the Thames and in the Firth of Clyde.

Student Impact »

Student research makes headlines

In a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, a team led by Huw Groucutt and Michael D. Petraglia and including DTP student Richard Clark-Wilson, has made headlines around the world for their discovery of an 88,000 year old fossilised finger bone from a lake site in Saudi Arabia, challenging the idea that humans… Read More ›

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