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PhD Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy; Master of Philosophy
Duration
PhD 3-4 Years Full-Time; MPhil 1 Year Full-Time
Entry requirements
We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N
MPhil Y Y N N

Programme description

Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology, focuses on the characterisation of mineral water organic matter reactions in surface and near surface environments.  Since chemical reactions in these environments are often catalysed by microorganisms, we have developed a recent and expanding interest in geomicrobiology.  Here by combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular  biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we focus on the role microorganisms play - or have played - in key geological processes.

Fundamental work aims to identify the biogeochemical controls on mineral cycles in a range of environments, including the iron and sulphur cycle; as well as those of toxic metals, including arsenic, chromium, technetium and transuranics. Our excellent infrastructure facilitates the study of the biological, mineralogical and geochemical components of such cycles at a molecular scale.

We are also currently investigating innovative approaches that can be used to guide natural biogeochemical cycles, in order to drive the remediation of land and water contaminated by metals, radionuclides and toxic organics.

Open days

You can find information about our open days here .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,407, Band 1 £7,000, Band 2 £9,500, Band 3 £14,000
    International students (per annum): Standard £24,000, Band 1 £26,000, Band 2 £29,000, Band 3 £31,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £2,203, Band 1 £3,500; Band 2 £4,750; Band 3 £7,000
    International students (per annum): Standard £12,000, Band 1 £13,000; Band 2 £15,750; Band 3 £18,250

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Val Brennan
Email
Website
https://www.ees.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty

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Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

English language

Overseas students would need to demonstrate competence in English.  Students who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take an English language test and attain a minimum of:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each sub-test
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with no less than 22 in each sub-test

Other English language qualifications can be considered. For more information visit the English language requirements page.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Before you start your application, make sure you have all the information and documents you will need:

  • Potential supervisor:  you can find a list of our Academic and Research staff here .
  • Research proposal:  for advice on how to write one click here .
  • Personal statement: your personal statement shouldn't be longer than a page. For more information on how to write one see here .  
  • 2 academic references: please contact your referees and ask them to email their reference letter and referee report form  to pgr.earth.sci@manchester.ac.uk .
  • Transcript and degree certificates: please notice that you will need to provide transcripts even if you haven't graduated by the time you apply.
  • CV
  • English certificate: see our entry requirements for more information.

* Please notice that you will need to submit translations if your original documents are not in English.

* It is preferable to submit your documents in PDF format.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology, focuses on the characterisation of mineral water organic matter reactions in surface and near surface environments.  Since chemical reactions in these environments are often catalysed by microorganisms, we have developed a recent and expanding interest in geomicrobiology.  Here by combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular  biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we focus on the role microorganisms play - or have played - in key geological processes.

Fundamental work aims to identify the biogeochemical controls on mineral cycles in a range of environments, including the iron and sulphur cycle; as well as those of toxic metals, including arsenic, chromium, technetium and transuranics. Our excellent infrastructure facilitates the study of the biological, mineralogical and geochemical components of such cycles at a molecular scale.

We are also currently investigating innovative approaches that can be used to guide natural biogeochemical cycles, in order to drive the remediation of land and water contaminated by metals, radionuclides and toxic organics.

Additional fee information

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD/MPhil (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): Band 1 £7,000, Band 2 £9,500, Band 3 £14,000. International students (per annum): Band 1 £26,000, Band 2 £29,000, Band 3 £31,500.
  • PhD/MPhil (part-time) UK/EU students (per annum): Band 1 £3,500, Band 2 £4,750, Band 3 £7,000. International students (per annum): Band 1 £13,000, Band 2 £14,500, Band 3 £15,750.

Scholarships and bursaries

The department has a number of research council scholarships available for PhD study. For more information please visit the department website .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk