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Departments of Environment and Geography, Biology, Archaeology and Chemistry


‌This prestigious NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the very best in environmental, ecological and evolutionary research across the Universities of York, Sheffield and Liverpool, together with the together with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the Natural History Museum (NHM). Students will benefit from a PhD training programme that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is to produce multi-skilled researchers equipped to tackle cutting edge environmental science of global significance, embedded within a unique, supportive training environment. At York, the NERC Partnership brings together researchers from the Departments of BiologyEnvironment and GeographyArchaeology and Chemistry. All projects are co-supervised, most of them with supervisors in different institutions, in order to foster innovative science, collegiality, and breadth of experience.

Our fully-funded PhD programme in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) offers projects aligned with the grand challenges in environmental research: securing ecosystem services and environmental resources; predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change; understanding the dynamics of biodiversity; and mechanisms of evolutionary change. There are Environment projects where the lead supervisor is based in York's Department of Environment and Geography. In addition there are projects also available in the departments of Biology and Archaeology.

One of the York studentships each year can be allocated to well-qualified students who have devised their own research project, together with a York ACCE supervisor. The project must fall broadly within one of the ACCE themes. If you are interested in this route, please contact a potential supervisor in the departments of BiologyEnvironment and GeographyArchaeology or Chemistry to discuss your idea and help develop your project outline.

Projects will be listed on our PhD opportunities page and published on FindaPhD.



To be advertised soon.

Available projects

Environment projects (to be advertised soon)

The Department of Environment and Geography offers projects as part of this Doctoral Training Partnership.  Instructions on how to apply will be in each project description. For further information on the application process please email maroula.hill@york.ac.uk.

Biology projects (to be advertised soon)

The Biology PhD programme in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) offers projects across the spectrum of environmental science, focussing on ecosystem services, climate change, biodiversity and evolution.

Archaeology projects (to be advertised soon)

The Department of Archaeology is offers project (to be advertised soon) as part of this Doctoral Training Partnership. For further information please email janine.lyon@york.ac.uk.

How to apply

Before you apply

Projects to be advertised soon