PhD Research Opportunities

Key Facts

Subject area: Geology / Geoscience
Programme: PhD / MPhil
Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MPhil – 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Starting Date: Any time of the year
Entry Requirements: See here
International entry requirements We accept a range of qualifications from other institutions.
Standard English Language requirements apply. Details here.

'Geosystems' research in Geology / Geoscience combines expertise in geophysics, petrology, volcanology, sedimentology, structural geology and palaeontology.

It draws together experts from three internationally recognised research groups:

The Applied and Environmental Geophysics Research Group focuses on the application of geophysical techniques to engineering, environmental and archaeological problems.

Research by the Basin Dynamics Research Group ranges from sedimentary basins, their controls, fill, and subsequent deformation and inversion, to petroleum geoscience, palaeoecology and biogeography.

The Keele Petrology Group studies modern and ancient igneous (and metamorphic) systems, using a wide range of field, geochemical, isotopic, and quantitative textural techniques.

Our research is supported by the Research Councils UK, charities, as well as European and Industrial sponsors. The Basin Dynamics Research Group is a member of the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas.


See the student opportunities on offer at Keele.




Applied and Environmental Geophysics Research Group

Basin Dynamics Research Group

Keele Petrology Group

  • Igneous petrology and volcanology (Dr Ralf Gertisser)
  • Igneous and metamorphic petrology (Dr Ralf Halama)

Contact Details

Administrator Lisa Cartlidge
Tel : (+44) 01782 734331
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