Frequently Asked Questions


How do I submit an exemplar PhD project for the website?

Full details of this process can be found here.


I’m not sure who the approver of my proposed exemplar project should be.

The is covered on the submit a project page.


My newly submitted exemplar project isn’t listed on the website yet, although I know it has been approved. Where is it?

We aim to have new exemplar projects added to the site within 7 working days of approval.


My previously advertised exemplar project is no longer visible on the DTP site?

Please refer to the project review section of this page.


I want to undertake research for my PhD that is not covered by the exemplar project list – what should I do?

Great! In this DTP our students may develop their own PhD ideas via discussion with potential supervisors. Exemplar projects may serve as a valuable start point for such discussions. Another way for students to meet potential supervisors is by attending the regular ‘Meet the Supervisors’ events during term 1. These are a great opportunity to discuss project ideas. Additionally, the DTP’s program in term 1 includes time set aside for students to hold one-to-one meetings with supervisors.


What is a CASE Partnership?

A CASE partnership is a formal collaboration between a PhD studentship and a non-academic organisation. The CASE partner must agree to contribute financially and may provide other benefits such as equipment, facilities, training and expertise.


How does a CASE partner differ from a project partner?

CASE partnerships are a formalised collaboration between non-academic organisations and academic organisations. A PhD project may also involve  less formal collaboration with project partners, including for example in-kind contributions of services or facilities.


How does the CASE Partner benefit?

CASE partners benefit from direct involvement in academic research. By having input in the design stages of a PhD, they can identify additional meaningful and relevant questions. They may also gain from inclusion in any publications arising from the project.


What happens to the CASE financial contribution?

The ¬£1000 per annum contribution from the CASE partner will be added to a student’s RTSG for use for research costs during the project.


If you have unanswered questions about PhD projects with the London NERC DTP, please contact the DTP Admin team.

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