NERC / SUPER DTP PhD Studentships
Awards will be available at the University of the Highlands and Islands for 2022/23 entry for the following PhD projects. If you have an academic query about your chosen project, please contact the lead academic:
For full information on NERC / Super DTP Phd Studentships please click here.
A 21st century data and machine learning approach to address the risk from harmful algal blooms
SAMS and Shetland UHI have been successful in obtaining funding for the 1st two IFCBs in the UK. These instruments will therefore provide a step change in the capability of UK environmental science to generate data to monitor and understand phytoplankton dynamics. This project will provide the capability to classify, display and analyse IFCB data.
For more details, please chlick here: A 21st century data and machine learning approach to address the risk from harmful algal blooms
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 12th January 2022
Doctoral training partnership with the University of Edinburgh
At SAMS we currently have four funded studentships available through a doctoral training partnership with the University of Edinburgh:
Deadline for all four applications is Thursday 6th January 2022 at 12:00 GMT.
For more details, please use the links to the project descriptions on the University of Edinburgh website.
Below are some ideas put forward by staff for students who want to self-fund a PhD project:
- >The genetic stability of microalgal strains used in biofuel production (Professor Michele Stanley)
- >Modelling the hydrodynamics of large scale macroalgae cultivation (Professor Michele Stanley)
- >Oyster culture in Scotland (Dr Adam Hughes and Prof Michele Stanley)
- >The war of the marine worlds: Do pathogens contribute to the resilience of marine ecosystems against biological invasions? (Dr Claire Gachon)
- >Genomics of algal defenses against their pathogens (Dr Claire Gachon)
- >The evolution of pathogenicity among oomycetes: a comparative genomics approach (Dr Claire Gachon)
- >Implications of large offshore renewables arrays for fisheries (Dr Clive Fox)
- >Prey selection by gadoid larvae (Dr Clive Fox)
- >Behaviour of the marine predatory copepod Euchaeta norvegica (Dr Clive Fox)
- >Reproductive behaviour of a southern copepod in the changing environment of the west of Scotland (Dr Clive Fox)
- >Feeding preferences of Nephrops larvae (Dr Clive Fox)
- >Dispersal of early life stages of flatfish on the west of Scotland (Dr Clive Fox and Professor Michael Burrows)
- >Fine scale passive acoustic tracking of harbour porpoises: investigation of echolocation behaviour and practical applications (Professor Ben Wilson)
- >Arctic wide zooplankton migration behaviour (Professor Finlo Cottier and Dr Kim Last)
- >Developing a fjord box model for high latitudes (Professor Mark Inall and Profesor Finlo Cottier)
- >How does vertical mixing influence ocean-glacier interactions? (Professor Mark Inall and Professor Finlo Cottier)
Many PhDs come with full studentships, which cover fees and living expenses, so that students can focus on their research and be expected to complete their studies in 3 or 3.5 years.
Self-funded students will require to have IRO £14,500 per year for living expenses to be in line with RCUK doctoral stipends on top of the fees.
For UHI PhD projects, click here for the current fees.
Most of our PhD projects are registered through the University of the Highlands and Islands, and this page outlines the application procedure for UHI PhDs. Please note that we have several other doctoral training partnerships - most notably with the University of Edinburgh, and applications to these programmes follow procedures by other universities. Information regarding these can be found on the individual project adverts.
We adhere strictly to equality and diversity policies during all phases of recruitment so that we find the most talented and motivated students to join us.
To be eligible to study for a PhD at SAMS UHI, who need to possess - in a relevant discipline and from a reputable institution:
- A Master's qualification and / or
- A Bachelor degree with first class or upper second class honours and / or
- Another qualification or substantial experience that demonstrates your academic competence to complete doctoral training successfully (to be approved by the UHI Research Degrees Committee on the recommendation of the SAMS Director).
- Additionally, international students whose first language is not English and who do not hold a prior degree obtained in English must hold an IELTS qualification with a score of 6.5 (6+ in writing), gained within two years prior to your registration date.
How to Apply
Most importantly you need to have identified an approved PhD project (including a Director of Studies / supervisory team) that you are unquestionably excited by. This can be a ready made project advertised on these pages OR a proposal you have developed with a SAMS supervisor and have funding for.
If you wish to apply for an advertised studentship you will find this under the ‘Funded Projects’ tab. Please complete the application form provided in the advertisement.
Return your completed application to the email stated on the form, accompanied by your cv and any supporting documentation listed below. Please submit your whole application as one pdf. Your referees should use the reference form provided and also return it to the email stated on the application form.
Supporting Documentation Required
The following documents should be emailed with your application and CV as one pdf file:
- Copies of all official qualification certificates and transcripts. If your official certificates/transcripts are not in English, they must be accompanied by a full certified translation provided by a professional translator/translation company.
- If English is not your native language, an English language test certificate (IELTS or equivalent), gained within the past two years;
- If you are not a UK national, a copy of the photo page of your passport. Also include any pages which indicate a right of abode in the UK;
- 2 academic references. If references are not available at the time of submission, they can be excluded from the single pdf file, however applicants are responsible for ensuring their referees submit the references to the email given on the application form by the deadline.
- If you wish to apply for more than one project, please submit separate applications.
Most PhD students will want to meet their potential supervisors to discuss the project, their personal suitability and to ascertain that they will be able to work together for a prolonged period of time.
For administrative issues, your first and main point of contact is the Postgraduate Academic Support Administrator who can be contacted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SAMS graduate school is convened by marine deep-sea ecologist, Professor Bhavani Narayanaswamy:
E: Bhavani.Narayanaswamy@sams.ac.uk T: +44 (0) 1631 559 305 (direct)