Faculty of Science

NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

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The NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) trains tomorrow’s leaders in environmental science.

The Partnership builds on the Great Western Four (GW4) alliance of four universities in the South West and Wales: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Each of these universities has significant research capability in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) sciences.

NERC GW4+ studentships

The DTP offers studentships across three themes: Solid Earth, Living World and Changing Planet.

Student Kathryn Maher measuring eggs during fieldworkAt the University of Bath, NERC research is undertaken in seven departments across the faculties of Science and Engineering & Design in the following subject areas:

  • Atmosphere, Oceans and Ice
  • Climate change, Impact and Sustainability
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Water

Studentships are for 42 months (exceptionally 48 months), and include ‘training credits’ to optimise your training to suit the needs of your project.

You will be registered at Bath, but the training programme includes opportunities for collaborations between the institutions and research organisation partners.

Research organisation partners:

The NERC GW4+ DTP also brings together a consortium of over 30 Associate Partners from industry, policy and third-sector research organisations. Associate partners provide opportunities for workplace secondments, CASE support for relevant projects and student training opportunities.

Apply for a NERC GW4+ studentship at Bath

You should identify a project or projects that you are interested in and apply through our online application system.

Application guidance

Select the relevant department and the 'PhD in Biology Full-Time' or 'PhD in Mathematical Sciences Full-Time' option in your online application. Clearly identify your application as being for the NERC GW4+ DTP call in the finance section of the online application.

You can apply for more than one project, although supervisors may take in to account your interest and commitment to their particular project. If you apply for multiple projects, please indicate your preferred project choice in your research statement as part of your online application. Each application for an individual project will be considered separately by the project supervisors.