School of GeoSciences Research


Discover opportunities to collaborate, work, and study in the Biosphere research group.

Postgraduate and postdoctoral research

If you have a strong curriculum vitae and would like to undertake environmental research in Edinburgh, please contact academic staff members.   Anyone joining our group will be well integrated into the wider relevant research groups in Edinburgh’s Global Change Research Institute.

More information on our Research Masters and PhD programmes


There are several opportunities for fellowship funding, and some include:

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Commission (EC)- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions 
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)

Find out more about research fellowships

PhD opportunities

A PhD in Edinburgh typically takes between 3 to 4 years (full-time), and here in Edinburgh, you will join a vibrant postgraduate community. UK students will typically be funded through Edinburgh's NERC-funded "Edinburgh E4" Doctoral Training Programme or via the SENSE Centre for Doctoral Training, for which we typically advertise projects in the November-January window each year.  

You may also be eligible for funding from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Non-UK students should check out the University support schemes.

Visit our E4 Doctoral Training Partnership (E4 DTP) website Visit our SENSE CDT website More information on postgraduate research funding opportunities

Masters opportunities

MSc in Edinburgh typically takes 1 year (full-time), and there are many exciting opportunities to integrate yourself and your research with the wider Edinburgh Biosphere group. You can do an MSc by Research, which means dedicating a full year to your research project (with no taught components). 

An alternative route would be to select a Taught MSc programme, e.g. in Geographical Information Science, Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management, Marine Systems and Policies, or the M.Earth.Sci, and undertake your independent research component in the Edinburgh Biosphere group.

Additional information about our MSc by research programmes

Undergraduate dissertations 

We are delighted to supervise undergraduate dissertations to students across multiple programmes, including (but not limited to) geography, geology and physical geography, geophysics, and environmental geoscience.

Further information about our undergraduate programmes