School of GeoSciences

Postgraduate Research Support

Information for Postgraduate Research students in the School.

Postgraduate Research Contacts

Contact PGR at

January Welcome Week 2018

A guide to our January Welcome Week activities for new students.

New Research students

Practical advice for research students joining the School of GeoSciences.

International students

From a warm welcome at the airport, to learning activities, orientation, social events and support, we can help you to settle in to your study in the UK.

PGR Handbook - Students

Here you will find links to each chapter of the PGR Handbook for Students. You can also download the handbook in PDF format.

Geosciences Graduate School

The GeoScience Graduate School (GradSchool) organises social events, lectures and conferences, and maintains crucial links between the graduate research students and academic staff. All graduate research students in the School are part of GradSchool - from Earth & Planetary Science, through Global Change to Geography and the Lived Environment.

Tutoring and Demonstrating

The School offers Postgraduate Research students the opportunity to support teaching across a wide range of undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.

Annual PGR Conference - 8 & 9 May 2018

The School of GeoSciences Postgraduate Research Conference takes place annually in early Spring. All first year research students will deliver a presentation on their research to students and staff. All second year PhD students will prepare a poster and be on hand to explain their research.

Financial Support for Current Students

The School of GeoSciences offers a number of additional funding opportunities for current Postgraduate Research Students to help with fieldwork, conferences and research costs.


The GeoSciences Research Training & Development (RTD), in partnership with the University's Institute for Academic Development, has developed a programme of courses to equip you with the skills necessary to meet the challenges of PhD research.


The University offers a range of facilities and support services for students to help with personal, development or study-related concerns.

Research Training Grant

Information on Research Training Grant

Progress and milestones

The School regularly monitors the progress and training needs of students.

Submitting your thesis

PhD students coming to the end of their research project need to be aware of the regulations for the submission of their thesis and what to expect at their viva voce exam. Before they leave, it is also important to complete any housekeeping tasks such as returning equipment.

NERC REP Opportunity

NERC Research Experience Placement 2016 - Apply now


Below are a list of forms which can be used for students to administer, track progress of and plan a thesis.


Frequently asked questions

Tutoring and Demonstrating

Information on Tutoring and Demonstrating within the school