Satisfying Entry Requirements and NERC Funding Eligibility

Before making an online application, you first need to satisfy that you meet the entry requirements.  Our selection process for PhD programmes is very competitive.  We require you to have a minimum of 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent. However, we may take relevant work experience and/or a Masters degree into account.

If you are unsure whether you might be eligible, please contact pgrsupport@geos.ed.ac.uk

English language requirement: Please note if English is not your first language, we will also need to see evidence of your English language proficiency before we can offer you a place.

The E3 projects are currently available for full NERC studentship funding which is competitive by interview AND AVAILABLE ONLY TO UK citizens and to EU citizens who have worked or studied in the UK for the previous 3 years.   Eligibility for these fully funded NERC-funded awards may be viewed at:


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