PhD Studentships

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) works with a number of University partners to train tomorrow’s leaders in Environmental Science. These collaborations, known as Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of multidisciplinary environments, helping to enrich the student experience.

Each DTP will create a strong and active community of students that are able - and encouraged - to integrate, work, and learn together. Students will receive in-depth, advanced research training, as well as training in the professional and transferable skills essential in today's economy.

PML is a multidisciplinary, internationally renowned, strategic marine research centre. We have a number of prestigious and exciting opportunities for outstanding students wishing to conduct PhD projects in our five areas of research excellence: Earth observation and remote sensing; biogeochemical cycling; biodiversity and molecular science; marine ecosystem modelling; and socioeconomics of ecosystem goods and services.

These PhD opportunities are developed with partners from 3 DTPs. Further details on each partnership can be found here:

  • ARIES (formerly EnvEast) (with the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Plymouth and Royal Holloway University of London)
  • NERC GW4+ (with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff)
  • SWBio (with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, alongside Rothamsted Research)

For information on the specific projects PML scientists are supervising please see the information below.
Please note that the application process and deadlines differ between DTPs.  

See what some of our current PhD students have been working on: 

We currently do not have any PhD opportunities hosted at PML available. 

Additional PhD opportunities are listed below:

Additional Studentships


Lead Supervisor


Project Title

Prof Carol Robinson
(University of East Anglia)

Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo (PML)
Dr Luca Polimene (PML)

Using underwater robots to measure the breathing of the ocean

Deadline for applications: 30th January, 2020

For further information on the projects individuals are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor directly.