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 often 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.

PhD opportunities are usually 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)

We currently have one open PhD studentship (see below). You can follow our Twitter feed for future PhD announcements.

Ocean eyes: novel optical measurement of trace elements in shelf seas is a University of Plymouth-led PhD studentship, supervised by Dr Simon Ussher (UoP), Dr Angela Milne (UoP), Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo (PML) and Dr Will Homoky (U of Leeds).

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 26th May 2021 - find out more


See what some of our PhD students have worked on: