The following projects are now open for recruitment to commence study in October 2018. Additional project titles may become available at some partner universities. Applications must be made to the university hosting the PhD project title using their online application system. There is no common CDT deadline for submission of applications; each university will set its own timetable for the recruitment to this cohort.
The CDT studentships are fully funded for 4 years at the UK/EU level for tuition fees, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) default stipend amount (£14,777 for the 2018/19 academic session) and an annual Research Training & Support Grant (RTSG) allowance of £5,000 (£20k over 4 years).
Before applying, overseas students should contact the institution(s) hosting projects they are interested in to check that the institution has sufficient funding to cover the higher international tuition fee applicable to their citizenship status.
University of Aberdeen
- Reducing uncertainty in the subsurface interpretation of fold-thrust structures - machine learning from outcrop. Supervisors: Professor Rob Butler, Dr Clare Bond, Prof John Howell
- Calibrating Geothermometers: integrating field, laboratory and well data for appraising thermal maturation of organic matter. Supervisors: Dr D. K Muirhead, Dr A.T. Brasier
- ‘Overthickening’ of the Cretaceous along the NE Atlantic Margin by Igneous Intrusions. Supervisors: Supervisors Dr N. Schofield, Dr D.K. Muirhead, Dr Simon Holdford (Adelaide)
These titles are currently not open to recruitment as the available opportunities are under offer.
Apply online at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/apply.php
University of Birmingham
- Automated Image Analysis for Rapid Biostratigraphic Data Collection. Supervisors: Dr Tom Dunkley-Jones, Dr Stephan Lautenschlager
- Twenty years on: the Paleocene Planktonic Foraminiferal Atlas re-imagined. Supervisors: Dr Kirsty Edgar, Dr Tom Dunkley-Jones, Prof Bridget Wade (UCL)
- Enhancing in-situ extraction technologies for heavy and shale oils, for improved oil recovery factor and reduced environmental impact. Supervisors: Professor Joe Wood, Professor Sean Rigby (Nottingham)
For queries relating to the first two PhD opportunities, please contact Dr Tom Dunkley Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the third project, please contact Professor Joe Wood at J.Wood@bham.ac.uk.
University of Cardiff
- A regional analysis of caprock integrity in the North Sea. Supervisors: Dr Tiago Alves, Dr Davide Gamboa (BGS), Mr. John Williams (BGS)
University of Dundee
- Effect of Marine Growth on Offshore Civil Engineering Structures. Supervisors: Professor Rod Jones, Dr Sue Dawson, Dr Tom Dyer, Professor Geoff Gadd, Dr Saverio Spadea
- New insight into the internal structure of turbidites from physical modelling of relevant erosion and deposition processes during their formation. Supervisors: Dr Alan Cuthbertson, Dr Sue Dawson, Dr Karl Stephen (Heriot-Watt), Professor Dorrik Stow (Heriot Watt)
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Dr Michael Brown at email@example.com.
Apply online at https://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pg/phds/phd-applications/.
University of Durham
- Modelling Immersion Enthalpies and Contact Angles for Improved Multiscale Enhanced Oil Recovery Simulation . Supervisors: Professor Chris Greenwell, Dr M. Degiacomi, Dr I. Collins (BP), Dr R. Anderson (STFC), Dr E. Pyzer-Knapp (IBM)
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Professor Chris Greenwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply online at https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/.
University of Exeter
- Biostratigraphic and geochemical investigation of Jurassic source rocks of the UK and Norwegian North Sea. Supervisors: Dr Sev Kender, Erik Anthonissen (Equinor); Melanie Leng (BGS); Philip Copestake (Merlin Energy Resources Ltd); Ken Miller (Rutgers University, USA)
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Professor Stephen Hesselbo at email@example.com.
Apply online at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/pg-research/apply/.
- An Artificial Intelligence Approach to Revisit History Matching. Supervisors: Dr Romain Chassagne, Dr Hamed Amini, Professor Colin Macbeth
- De-risking unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and production through novel biogeochemical approaches: towards a systematic understanding of organic matter processes in the subsurface environment. Supervisors: Dr Ryan Pereira, Dr Julia R. de Rezende, Prof Tom Wagner, Dr Onoriode Esegbue
- Critically evaluating the geological case for shale gas extraction in the UK. Supervisors: Professor John Underhill
- Mesozoic-Recent sediment routing and reservoir distribution in the offshore basins of the Falkland Islands using a source-to-sink approach. Supervisors: Dr Uisdean Nicholson, Professor Dorrik Stow, Dr Dave McCarthy (BGS)
- Tectonic and Stratigraphic Controls on Petroleum Systems of the Faroe-Shetland Basin. Supervisors: Professor John Underhill, Dr Rachel Jamieson
- Machine Learning Enhanced Subsurface Mapping. Supervisors: Dr Vasily Demyanov, Dr Dave McCarthy (British Geological Survey), Dr Dan Arnold
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Lorna Morrow at L.H.Morrow@hw.ac.uk.
Apply online at https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm.
Imperial College London
- Origins of deepwater anoxia in Lower Carboniferous basins of northern England. Supervisors:Professor Mark Sephton, Professor Alastair Fraser
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Professor Alastair Fraser at Alastair.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply online at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/how-to-apply/.
- The development of lake margins, their interactions with contemporaneous continental environments and the implications for their reservoir potential. Supervisors: Dr Stuart Clarke, Professor Phil Richards, Tom Dodd (BGS)
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Dr Stuart Clarke at S.M.Clarke@keele.ac.uk.
Apply online at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduateresearch/applications/.
University of Manchester
- Geological Uncertainty of CO2-EOR in North Sea Tertiary Oil Fields: the Nelson Reservoir Case Study. Supervisors: Dr Mahmoud Babaei, Professor Mads Huuse, Professor Jonathan Redfern, Dr Caroline Gill (Shell)
- A slippery slope… Controls of mass wasting on sedimentation processes and heterogeneity in slope mudstone reservoirs. Supervisors: Dr Rhodri Jerrett, Dr Ian Kane, Professor Kevin Taylor, Matthew Watkinson (Plymouth)
For queries relating to these PhD opportunities, please contact Professor Jonathan Redfern Jonathan.Redfern@manchester.ac.uk.
University of Nottingham
- Unconventional Energy Sources. Supervisors: Professor Sean Rigby, Professor Joe Wood (Birmingham)
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Sean Righby at email@example.com.
Apply online at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/research.aspx.
Royal Holloway, University of London
- Granular Rock-Analogue Materials (GRAM) for simulation of multi-scale fault-fracture processes. Supervisors: Professor Jürgen Adam, Dr Nicola Scarselli
This title is currently not open for recruitment as the position is under offer.
University of Strathclyde
- Constraining the role of faults as seal-bypass systems. Supervisors: Professor Zoe Shipton, Dr Becky Lunn, Liz Petrie (Western State University), Jim Evans (Utah State University), Davie Richie (Anadarko)
For queries relating to this PhD opportunity, please contact Professor Zoe Shipton at firstname.lastname@example.org.