NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas

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The Basin Dynamics Research Group at Keele University is a member of the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas. This CDT is a consortium of 14 UK universities each with a strong research focus in hydrocarbon exploration, the British Geological Survey and the National Oceanographic Centre. 

The CDT in Oil and Gas offers 30+ PhD positions yearly, spread across the consortium member universities. These positions offer excellent opportunities to undertake research in a broad range of subjects that contribute to NERC's main themes in oil and gas research.  These themes are: 

  • Effective production of unconventional hydrocarbons 
  • Extending the life of mature basins
  • Exploitation in challenging environments
  • Environmental impact and regulation

Each NERC CDT in Oil and Gas PhD position is fully-funded for four years and offers a bespoke and in-depth programme of 20 weeks training alongside PhD research. The training programme draws on the best courses offered by the consortium universities as well as training courses provided by industry partners.

The following projects are being offered for September 2017 (1 will be funded):

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Structural, stratigraphic and geodynamic controls on the evolution of the Carboniferous succession of northern England and southern Scotland

Supervisors: Dr Stuart Egan (Keele University) and Dr Graham Leslie (BGS)

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Developing protocols to construct high-resolution 3D petroleum reservoir outcrop analogues

Supervisors: Dr. Jamie K. Pringle (Keele University), Dr. Stuart Clarke (Keele University) & Dominic Tatum (Heriot-Watt University)

Download the PDF of the project description