There are several ways in which you can study with CEH in a stimulating environment involving multidisciplinary research.

PhD Studentships

CEH works in collaboration with Universities across the UK and internationally to input scientific and supervisory expertise into PhD projects. Currently there are approximately 150 PhD students studying with CEH. Of these, a third are based at CEH and are either competitively-funded through 12 NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) or directly funded through a variety of sources. CEH is also a partner in a Soils Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

Directly-funded PhD Opportunities

PhD studentships where funding for the project is secured will be advertised here when available.

Competitively-funded PhD Opportunities

  • None currently advertised

Details of Doctoral Training Partnerships and CEH vacancies:

These are available through Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) whereby CEH hosts the studentship (ie the student is based at a CEH site) and where projects within each DTP compete with each other for funding. Eligibility: NERC studentships are bound by NERC's terms and conditions including residency and minimum qualifications (see individual project details).  


Further information and CEH vacancies


Partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York and CEH.

  • None currently advertised
CENTACentral England NERC Training Alliance, a consortium of Universities (Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Warwick and The Open University) and research institutes (CEH and the British Geological Survey, (BGS)).

Edinburgh Earth and Environment DTP which brings together 28 partners from research, education, policy and industry sectors.

  • None currently advertised
EnvEastExpertise from three universities (East Anglia, Essex and Kent) and ten research centres, including CEH, led by the University of East Anglia.

A consortium of 44 industry and NGO partners, led by Lancaster University and including the Universities of Nottingham and Bangor and CEH. The initiative also involves large multinationals, a large number of SMEs and international research centres.

  • None currently advertised

NERC Great Western Four+ DTP is a formal alliance of research-intensive universities across the South West - Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

  • None currently advertised
IAPETUSNorth East of England’s and Scotland’s multidisciplinary DTP, which joins the leading research universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling, together with CEH and BGS.
Oxford DTP in Environmental Research

The University of Oxford's DTP in Environmental Research recruits research students through three Research Streams: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolutionary Processes, The Dynamic Earth Surface Processes and Natural Hazards, and The Physical Climate System.

  • None currently advertised

SCENARIO is led by the University of Reading, with three further Host Partners (the University of Surrey, CEH and BGS) in collaboration with a wide range of industry and public sector partners.

  • None currently advertised
Science and Solutions

The SSCP DTP brings together Imperial College London’s world leading expertise with that of its partners to offer a unique world-class multidisciplinary PhD training programme.

  • None currently advertised


Hosted by five academic departments at the University of Leeds and one at the University of York, building on a history of bi-lateral and multi-lateral research collaboration.

  • None currently advertised

The Southampton Partnership for Innovative Training of Future Investigators Researching the Environment collaborating with CEH and other organisations.

  • None currently advertised

Masters projects

If you are interested in ideas and supervision for a Masters Projects or summer work experience during your degree, please contact detailing your area of study.

Sandwich course placements

If you are interested in doing a placement at CEH please contact including your CV and a covering letter detailing the type of placement you are looking for and the area of science and/or location in which you are interested.