PhD/MPhil Planetary Science / Overview

Year of entry: 2021

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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  

You should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research.

We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.

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

Planetary Science applies a fundamental knowledge of isotopes and chemistry together with new observations to understand natural systems. Together with a strong history of designing and building many of its own instruments, group research interests extend from extraterrestrial systems and early solar system processes to addressing some of the key resource and environmental problems society faces today.

We work on precious samples from the moon, mars, rare meteorites and samples returned by NASA missions. Research includes understanding the processes forming the solar system starting material, the rate and timing of the formation of meteorites and early solar system bodies leading to the formation of the terrestrial planets.

We have projects that study how the Earth's mantle works and those that reveal the workings of volcanic systems in place like Iceland.  We use isotopes to trace ocean circulation and climate change, investigate safe carbon dioxide sequestration and understand drinking water contamination processes that can affect millions.

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): Standard TBC, Band 1 £7,250, Band 2 £9,750, Band 3 £14,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): Standard £24,500, Band 1 £27,000, Band 2 £30,000, Band 3 £32,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): Standard TBC, Band 1 £3,625; Band 2 £4,875; Band 3 £7,250
    International, including EU, students (per annum): Standard £12,250, Band 1 £13,500; Band 2 £15,000; Band 3 £16,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering a number of scholarships to both UK and overseas students. For more information about these scholarships please visit our Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes page or the Fees and Funding page on the Department website for more information on other scholarships and awards available.

Contact details

Department
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0776
Email
Website
https://www.ees.manchester.ac.uk
School/Faculty

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