ARIES DTP opportunities October 2022

ARIES (Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences) PhD opportunities starting October 2022 are now closed.

The University of Plymouth is a partner in the Advanced Research and Innovation in the Environmental Sciences (ARIES) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

As one of 17 new Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK, ARIES enrolled its first cohort of students in October 2019.

ARIES will equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the knowledge and tools to better understand and manage our planet by:

  • Developing multiple cohorts of scientists with advanced skills and knowledge, multidisciplinary outlooks, and substantial potential to operate successfully across all postgraduate career options.
  • Assembling a diverse and integrated training partnership that enables our PGRs to address priority topics in environmental sciences through cutting-edge and world-leading research.
  • Training all of our PGRs to understand modern methods of data management, interrogation, analysis, and presentation; from bioinformatics to artificial intelligence.
  • Ensuring our graduates engage with the interfaces between environmental science and societal needs by growing their ability to achieve non-academic impact and effective public engagement.

The ARIES studentship competition is now open for entry to its fourth cohort, starting in October 2022, and the following projects at the University of Plymouth have been shortlisted for funding.

See the links below for further information on the individual projects:

How to apply

To apply please use the online application form, then clearly state that you are applying for an ARIES PhD studentship and name the project at the top of your personal statement.

Online application

Whilst you can apply for up to three ARIES projects, you must submit a separate application for each.

Take a look at the Doctoral College information on applying for a research degree.

For any generic questions on ARIES, studentships and selection processes, prospective applicants should contact Professor Dave Bilton for projects in School of Biological and Marine Sciences and Professor Greg Price for School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. For specific details on individual projects, please contact the project's primary supervisor.

For further information please see or contact

The closing date for these projects is 23:59 on 12 January 2022. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview to preliminary interviews that will take place late in January 2022 with those selected going forward for final interview in February 2022. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by March 2022 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Key information

  • This project has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC DTP and will start on 1 October 2022. The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 12 January 2022.
  • Successful candidates who meet UKRI’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship for 3.5 years, which covers fees, stipend (£15,609 p.a. for 2021-22) and research funding. International applicants (EU and non-EU) are be eligible for fully-funded UKRI studentships. Please note ARIES funding does not cover visa costs (including immigration health surcharge) or other additional costs associated with relocation to the UK.
  • ARIES students benefit from bespoke graduate training and ARIES provides £2,500 to every student for access to external training, travel and conferences.
  • Excellent applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited experience in environmental sciences may be considered for an additional 3-month stipend to take advanced-level courses in the subject area.
  • ARIES is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in all areas of its operation. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and transgender status. Academic qualifications are considered alongside non-academic experience, and our recruitment process considers potential with the same weighting as past experience.