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Postgraduate Admissions

Funding Opportunities

Although there are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course, the department participates in C-CLEAR (the Cambridge NERC Doctoral Training Partnership) and eligible applicants for the PhD in Earth Sciences will be considered for funding through that scheme: https://nercdtp.esc.cam.ac.uk/

General Funding Opportunities


Fees and Maintenance

My fee status is:

I shall have the following financial dependants:

Your Estimated Annual Commitment:

Component Cost
University Composition Fee £9,387
Maintenance £17,668
Total Annual Commitment £27,055

Students may have to bear additional costs in relation to PhD-associated fieldwork and/or research trips. These costs will be specific to the individual student and project. Where a funded PhD place has been offered by the Department, allowance for most research costs will be included in the studentship awarded. In some cases, research costs for particular projects may be much higher, and in these cases, applicants should discuss any potential additional costs with their intended supervisor prior to applying or accepting an offer.

Once students are in the Department there are limited Department funds for which students can apply to cover such additional costs.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Earth Sciences

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 13, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2023
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2024
Course Starts
April 17, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.


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