bubblesThe department admits about 40 PhD students each year. A full-time PhD at Imperial College will normally take 3-4 years. 

Most applicants apply to do a specific research project, although (depending on the source of funding) students are welcome to suggest their own in consultation with potential supervisors.

Some projects are funded through research grants held by faculty members, and these will be advertised on the departmental web site as and when they become available. Scholarships funded through research grants may be available to overseas students in exceptional cases.

Other projects are funded through departmental or college scholarships. For further information about the availability and eligibility criteria of such scholarships please see details under the scholarship page below.

The Department is also participating in a number of established Centres for Doctoral Training, which offer additional studentships and scholarships for UK-resident students. The Centres offer further topic-specific education and training.

Regardless of the source of funding, interested students should begin the application process by contacting a faculty member to discuss the potential research topic.

Online applications should only be submitted after the potential academic supervisor has expressed sufficient interest in your application. Please contact Amanda Allotey for further information about department or Doctoral-Training Centre funded scholarships.

As we are a multidisciplinary department, we do not require applicants to necessarily hold an undergraduate degree in the Earth sciences. Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a field appropriate to the intended area of PhD research, with a classification of at least upper-second-class, or the equivalent.

 

PhD Information

Centres for Doctoral Training

Information on projects and scholarships available through the Centres of Doctoral Training to which the Department is affiliated can be found at the following links:

Making an application

Students applying for departmental scholarships:

We accept applications at any time, but departmental scholarships are awarded in February.

  • Read about each of the departmental/scholarship projects and find one of interest or suggest your own in consultation with your prospective supervisor; contact the prospective supervisor to make an informal application
  • If the supervisor is prepared to consider your application further, then proceed to submit an IC online application; applications for departmental scholarships must be submitted no later than Monday 8th January 2018. 
  • College acknowledges receipt of application .
  • Application sent to department for consideration by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to a scholarship interview in February 2018
  • Applicants will be notified of outcome no later than 31st March 2018
  • If successful, a scholarship offer letter will be sent by e-mail followed by a conditional offer via the student e-service.

 Students who are applying for a project who have their own funding:

  • Read about each of the departmental projects and find one of interest or suggest your own; contact the prospective supervisor to make an informal application
  • If the supervisor is prepared to consider your application further, then proceed to submit an IC online application
  • College acknowledges receipt of application .
  • Application sent to department for consideration by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • Applicant will be interviewed (by Skype/phone, if necessary) by prospective supervisor and member of Postgraduate Studies Committee
  • If application is accepted, a conditional offer will be sent to the applicant by e-mail

 Students applying for a studentship linked to a funded research project:

  • Contact the prospective supervisor to make an informal application for the funded research project
  • If the supervisor is prepared to consider your application further, then proceed to submit an IC online application
  • College acknowledges receipt of application
  • Application sent to department for consideration by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • Applicant will be interviewed (by Skype/phone, if necessary) by prospective supervisor and member of Postgraduate Studies Committee
  • If successful, a conditional offer will be sent to applicant by e-mail

Students applying for a college scholarship:

Please review available scholarships via the Imperial College scholarship tool

  • Contact the supervisor to make an informal application
  • If the supervisor is prepared to consider your application further, then proceed to submit an IC online application indicating the scholarship for which you wish to make an application
  • College acknowledges receipt of application
  • Application sent to department for consideration by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • Applicant will be interviewed (by Skype/phone, if necessary) by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • If successful, a conditional offer will be sent to applicant by e-mail

 

Doing a PhD while raising a family

Having young children need not prevent you from studying for a PhD and ultimately having an academic career.
 
Below, one of our past PhD students writes about her experiences of doing a PhD while managing a young family. There is also a link to experiences of some of ESE's female postdocs and lecturers/professors who have families.
 
Read about Ana Mijic, a recent PhD student who is now a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering. She has three children and successfully managed a good work/family balance whilst studying for her PhD and continues to do this as a young academic.
 

Find out more about Postdoc and Academic women with families.

Career opportunities

A PhD from Imperial College London can represent the gateway to an exciting career. If you are considering taking a PhD with us, read about the experiences of some of your predecessors. Examples are available for individuals considering both industrial and academic careers.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships for 2018 are funded through various sources including EPSRC, NERC, STFC and departmental Janet Watson funding.  Scholarships cover tuition fees (up to £4,265 per year) and pay a bursary of approximately £16,500 per year (at RCUK-rate) for 3.5 years.

If you would like to make an application for a funded scholarship & meet the eligibility criteria then please contact your prospective supervisor to discuss a particular project and/or suggest your own in consultation with your supervisor. 

If your prospective supervisor is prepared to support your application then please proceed and submit an online application.  Applications for scholarships must be submitted no later than Monday 8th January 2018.

Please see below for further details regarding different types of scholarship funding offered by the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.

EPSRC

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council support and fund a number of scholarships in Earth Science & Engineering. This scholarship includes 3.5-years of tuition fees, an RCUK-rate studentship.  It also includes a yearly Research Training Support Grant which supports your research study for the first 3 years of your registration.

For further details regarding EPSRC scholarship/studentship and eligibility criteria then please see the EPSRC webpage.

JANET WATSON

Professor Janet Vida Watson was a British geologist and was the first woman to become president of the Geological Society of London.  Professor Janet Watson bequeathed a scholarship to the department of Earth Science & Engineering for the funding of PhD students each academic year.

This scholarship includes 3.5-years of home/EU tuition fees, an RCUK-rate studentship. 

STFC

The Science & Technology Facilities Council support and fund a number of scholarships in Earth Science & Engineering. This scholarship includes 3.5-years tuition fees, an RCUK-rate studentship.  It also includes a yearly Research Training Support Grant which supports your research studies for the first 3 years of your registration.

For further details regarding STFC scholarship/studentship and eligibility criteria then please see the STFC webpage.

NERC Oil & Gas CDT

The NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas is a collaboration of 7 core academic partners (Aberdeen, Durham, Heriot-Watt, Imperial College London, Manchester and Oxford universities and the British Geological Survey). Further details can be found at the website.

These scholarships include 4-years Home/EU tuition fees, an RCUK-rate studentship. It includes a yearly Research Training Support Grant which supports your research studies for 4 years of study.  Please be advised that this scholarship covers your complete 4 years of study however the submission deadline for completion of your PhD remains 48 months after your start date.

Please see the NERC CDT Oil and Gas website for further information.

Imperial College Scholarships

The College has a number of scholarships available for students interested in applying for a PhD in Earth Science & Engineering which include the President’s Scholarship, CSC Scholarship & Lee Family. To review application procedures and eligibility criteria please access the College scholarship tool.