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Postgraduate Study

2 courses offered in the Scott Polar Research Institute

The aims of the course are to provide an understanding of key contemporary research problems in a range of disciplines in either the humanities and social sciences or the physical sciences relating to the Arctic and Antarctica, and for students to undertake original research on a topic selected in consultation with members of staff.

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The PhD in Polar Studies is a full-time three-year research degree (or five years part-time), examined by a thesis of up to 80,000 words if a candidate's work falls within the social sciences, or 275 numbered pages (of which not more than 225 pages are text, appendices, illustrations and bibliography) if a candidate's work falls within the physical sciences. A successful thesis will represent "a substantial contribution to knowledge" and will also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' full-time study (or equivalent part-time). Research in polar studies embraces both the natural sciences (physical geography, environmental science, biogeography, etc.) and social sciences and humanities (human geography, anthropology, politics, history, etc).

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1 course also advertised in the Scott Polar Research Institute

From the British Antarctic Survey

This PhD course takes place under the joint supervision of a research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and a University supervisor. Students may be based at BAS but will be registered for their degree with one of the partnering departments: Archaeology & Anthropology, Land Economy, Plant Sciences, Zoology, Earth Sciences, Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute, Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science and Technology.

BAS welcomes enquiries from those interested in higher degrees in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and related areas.

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