Panorama NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)


A range of projects are available, across the areas of Atmosphere and Climate, Living World and Earth Processes

Project description

The Panorama DTP is a partnership between 6 schools at the University of Leeds (Earth and Environment, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Civil Engineering), the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory at the University of York and the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull. Our NERC DTP encompasses research activities within three broad themes: Atmosphere and Climate, Earth Processes and the Living World. These themes cut across the six academic departments involved, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of much of our research, which spans the breadth of the NERC remit. We recruit graduates who have studied a wide range of subjects including chemistry, physics, biology, earth sciences, geography, maths, engineering and computing as well as all branches of environmental science. We admitted our first students in October 2014 and we currently have 80 PhD students over 3 cohorts.

Some of the major environmental challenges that our DTP PhD projects address are:

  •  Air pollution and human health – aerosols, chemistry, emissions and policy.
  •  Extreme or high-impact weather – clouds, rainfall and drought, winds, regional weather and its statistics.
  •  Natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis, storms, floods, droughts, space weather, wildfire.
  •  Sustainable use of natural resources – water, nutrients, hydrocarbons, soils, minerals, biodiversity.
  •  Management of biotic populations – conservation, invasive aliens, pests and pathogens.
  •  Global food security and sustainable agriculture – crops, landscapes & ecosystem services.
  •  Climate and environmental change – understanding, adaptation and mitigation.


Entry requirements

Candidates should have, or be expecting, a 2.1 hons at Undergraduate level or above, in a relevant subject. If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to be admitted onto any of the University's degree programmes: language requirements

How to apply

Please see the Panorama website for full details

How to apply (email)