Research degrees

Geology at Leicester is a great place to be a research student - we are a vibrant community of researchers who are supported by excellent analytical and computing research facilities, and our research is recognised internationally at the highest levels in Earth and Environmental Sciences.


Funding for research degrees is available through a range of schemes, including the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership CENTA.

Studying with us

All our PhD students have two supervisors from our academic staff. Many students also have supervisors who are external to the department and we have excellent links with industry and a range of learned societies.

We encourage engagement with and access to the breadth of our active Geology research. All PhD students are involved in discussion-based 'lab groups' that typically meet weekly to fortnightly. These lab groups are academic-led but postgraduate research-focused. The groups bring together researchers in related fields from across the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, from Masters to professorial level, to exchange ideas and discuss key topics in informal, informed sessions.

We have weekly research seminars during academic terms with invited speakers from the UK and international geoscience research community. An annual Postgraduate Research Seminar Session showcases the wide range research by all our PhD students, where the Sylvester Bradley Prize is awarded.

We encourage engagement in teaching activities through paid demonstrating in undergraduate practical classes and through demonstrating on first- and second-year field work modules.

International research students

Learn more if you're an international student considering a campus-based research degree in Geology.

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Student awards and prizes

See a list of the prizes awarded to our students in Geology at Leicester.

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Current research students

Browse our current Geology PhD students and see their contact details and research topics.

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Past research students

Browse our past research students and see their completed research topics.

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