School of Earth and Environment

The Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI) PhD Projects

The Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI) encompasses the study of past and present environmental and climatic conditions and the processes that produce them. Please have a look at our latest projects listed below and use the links to the right of your screen which give information about the application procedure, fees and scholarships, and other relevant information. If you have already secured sponsorship for your research degree study and have a specific research proposal, we would welcome an application form from you.

Projects with Guaranteed Funding

Projects in competition for Leeds/York NERC DTP awards

Leeds hosts the NERC Leeds/York SPHERES Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) recruiting up to and including 2018. Please visit for a full list of projects and information about how to apply. Any projects that are not filled in the DTP selection process will remain available for other candidates wishing to seek alternative sponsorship.