Postgraduate opportunities

WACL offers PhDs and MScs by research, supported by enhanced training packages, that can be taken full or part time.

PhDs are funded through the NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and the Department of Chemistry as well as other independent funding sources.

Read the current Panorama PhD opportunities in WACL (PDF , 2,813kb) for October 2023, the deadline for applications is Wednesday 4 January 2023.

Entry requirements

PhD or MPhil

The University requirement for PhD or MPhil programmes is usually 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject. Other relevant experience and circumstances can also be taken into account, and we are happy to consider applications from those who have taken alternative routes but have the required knowledge and experience. However, please note that funded positions are extremely competitive and only those with a 2:1 equivalent or higher are likely to be considered for financial support.

MSc by research

The University requirement for MSc by research is 2:2 or equivalent in a relevant subject.

English language requirement

For those whose first language is not English, you will be required to meet the English Language requirements of both the University and the UKBA.


Individuals who wish to pursue an independent fellowship would be very welcome at WACL:

Interested in a career in Atmospheric Science? See what our students say about working in WACL

Rhianna Evans - "WACL is a great place to do a PhD as the breadth of knowledge within WACL covers many areas of atmospheric science meaning there is a project for everyone! The people are extremely friendly and supportive which creates a positive working environment for sharing ideas and collaborating on research, as well as having academic and technical staff who are very experienced within the atmospheric science field."

Jake Vallow - “As a PhD student in WACL, you have the opportunity to work on cutting edge research, alongside experts in their fields, and the work culture is supportive towards innovative ideas. This allows for students to develop the necessary skills and confidence to pursue careers within academia, industry or policy over a broad spectrum of environmental sciences.

Contact us

Jenny Hudson-Bell
WACL Research Administrator
+44 (0)1904 322609
Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York  YO10 5DD, United Kingdom.