PhD Opportunities at Resource Geophysics Academy

PhDThe Resource Geophysics Academy at Imperial College London will carry out world class research and train PhD students in geophysics. It provides an excellent opportunity for well-qualified students to gain a PhD degree from Imperial in a technology-oriented discipline that the world needs for long-term development goals.

There are multiple scholarships available immediately. Full PhD scholarship covers:

  • overseas student fees
  • bursaries for living in London

The PhD studies will focus on innovative and cutting-edge research on both geophysical theory and application. The PhD students will conduct research on subsurface structures, their geophysical responses, and how to use geophysical data for understanding and detecting such structures.


The academy currently has vacancies for 2024 entries.

Application Information

Entry Requirements

Who should apply

Successful applicants will have a strong background in some of the following areas:

  • Applied mathematics;
  • Computational skill;
  • Engineering physics;
  • Computing physics;
  • Programming skill such as C.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to meet the academic entry requirement of Imperial College London.
Applicants are required to meet the standard English language requirement.

How to apply

Make an application

To apply for a studentship at the Resource Geophysics Academy (RGA), please follow these steps:

Before you apply:

Please see the selection criteria and entry requirements for Postgraduate Research (including academic criteria and language criteria) before beginning your application.

Choose your research area: 

The “proposed research topic” can be either proposed by the applicant or selected from Department of Earth Science and Engineering PhD opportunities. Please send your CV and transcripts to We will then get in touch to further discuss your background, experience, and research interests together with your potential supervisor.

Draft your application:

You may send the draft application and research proposal to us for comments and suggestions before the final online submission.

Apply online: via the Imperial College Online Application Portal.

Supporting documents

  • Valid English test result, which meets Imperial College’s English language requirement;
  • Research proposal;
  • CV (please include full educational background dated back to high-school);
  • Academic transcript(s);
  • A list of referees (at least two and at least one from your undergraduate studies).

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