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River Basin Processes & Management - PhD projects

The River Basin Processes and Management research cluster provides international leadership in understanding and managing environmental processes and feedbacks that control and link water, sediment, solute and biotic dynamics in river basins, estuaries and marine systems. 

We have considerable experience in guiding students successfully through a PhD and helping applicants develop proposals and seek funding. Please see below for a list of potential PhD projects or submit your own research proposal as part of an application for research degree study.   We also offer some projects suitable for Masters by Research study.

Please note that projects below are not funded unless indicated however you can apply for any of these projects if you already have funding or if you are applying for funding. For details of available PhD scholarships and funding opportunities, please click here or visit the University's Postgraduate Scholarships website

Fully funded PhD studentships

NERC Industrial CASE studentship
Improving understanding of veterinary medicine degradation and fate in organic fertilisers and anaerobic digestion plants (VetMedDeg).
Full funding of UK/EU fees* and a maintenance stipend of £14,845** for 4 years.
Closing date: 31 October 2017
Start date: 1 January 2018
*International applicants are unfortunately not eligible for this funding
UK Research Council stipend level for 2017/18

Leeds/York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership 2018/19

Funding is available every year for UK/EU students through the Leeds York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). DTP studentships provide full fees, maintenance funding for 3.5 years (RC UK rate) and some additional  expenses for fieldwork, lab costs and conferences. Projects which are based in Geography and eligible for NERC DTP funding will be listed here and on the NERC DTP website in October.

Projects without direct funding

If you have your own funding or are applying for University or external scholarships, you can apply for any of the following projects.