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    Description

    The department admits about 40 PhD students each year. A full-time PhD at Imperial College will normally take 3-4 years. Most applicants apply to do a specific research project. Some projects are funded through research grants held by faculty members, others are funded from departmental studentships, some of which are funded by EPSRC, NERC, or STFC, and in some cases students bring their own funding in the form of scholarships from their employer or home government.

    Departmental studentships cover fees (up to £4,000 per year) and pay a bursary of approximately £16,000 per year. Studentships funded through research grants may be available to overseas students in exceptional cases.

    The Department is also participating in a number of newly established Centres for Doctoral Training, which offer additional studentships and scholarships to the Department-specific schemes described above. They also offer additional topic-specific education and training.

    Regardless of the source of funding, interested students should begin the application process by contacting a faculty member to discuss the potential research topic. On-line applications should only be submitted after the potential academic supervisor has expressed sufficient interest in your application. In order to be eligible to compete for one of our department-funded studentships, the on-line application should be submitted before Friday 30th January 2015.

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    Departmental PhD projects and scholarships are available in the following areas:

    • Alternative Energy Systems
    • Computer Modelling
    • Environmental Science and Engineering
    • Geochemistry
    • Geophysics
    • Mineral Extraction and Processing
    • Paleontology
    • Paleoclimate
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Planetary Science
    • Remote Sensing
    • Sedimentology and Surface Processes
    • Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    Requirements

    As we are a multidisciplinary department, we do not require applicants to necessarily hold an undergraduate degree in the Earth sciences.

    Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in a field appropriate to the intended area of PhD research, with a classification of at least upper-second-class, or the equivalent.

    How to Apply

    • Examine the PhD Opportunities webpage and find a project in which you are interested
    • Contact the supervisor to make an informal application
    • If the supervisor is prepared to consider your application further, then proceed to submit an IC online application; applications for departmental scholarships must be submitted no later than Friday 30th January 2015

    Funding

    Students who are applying for a project funded by a research grant OR who have their own funding

    • College acknowledges receipt of application and vets the applicant’s qualifications
    • Application sent to department for consideration by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
    • Applicant will be interviewed (by phone, if necessary) by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
    • If application is accepted, a conditional offer will be sent to applicant by e-mail

    Students applying for departmental scholarships

    • College acknowledges receipt of application and vets the applicant’s qualifications
    • Application sent to department for consideration by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
    • Applicants who pass the initial screening process will be invited to the studentship interviews in February 2015
    • Applicant will be notified of outcome no later than 31 March 2015
    • If successful, a conditional offer will be sent to applicant by e-mail

    Students applying for a studentship linked to a funded research project

    • College acknowledges receipt of application and vets the applicant’s qualifications
    • Application sent to department for consideration by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
    • Applicant will be interviewed (by phone, if necessary) by prospective supervisor and Director of Postgraduate Studies
    • If successful, a conditional offer will be sent to applicant by e-mail

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