Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and Space Weather

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Postgraduate research opportunities in Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

The Centre for Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at Exeter is one of the leading research groups of its kind in the UK. In addition to the research projects listed below, we encourage interested applicants to browse our pages for areas of our research they are interested in and to contact the members of academic staff concerned.

CGAFD has funding for 8 new PhD students starting in Autumn 2018.

If you have any general questions regarding our funded PhD opportunities please contact us. To apply for one of our PhD positions please follow the links on the project page or our advice on our apply page.

We welcome applicants making applications to multiple projects, and intend to share information on applicants where they might be suitable for projects for which they have not applied.

There is limited funding for international students, with only the projects in section B having funding suitable for international applications, but there are fully-funded competitive studentships available. For more information see the application page.

A) One STFC funded project available in the following area

The deadline for applications closed on 5th February 2018.

The STFC studentships can be awarded to UK citizens and to citizens of the EU who have been permanently in residence in the UK for a minimum of 3 years prior to taking up the studentship. Full details of eligibility for these UK/EU studentships can be found in the Research Councils UK Training Grants Terms and Conditions.

B) Two fully-funded PhD studentships are available in the following areas

The deadline for applications is 9th March 2018.

The deadline for applications closed on 5th February 2018.

For all three of these projects, we intend to hold interviews in early March.

The studentships can be awarded to UK, EU and international students though levels of funding differ. 

C) Four EPSRC DTP funded PhD studentships

The deadline for applications closed on 10th January 2018 with interviews to be held in late February

Full funding on the EPSRC DTP studentships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and are classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes. However, other applicants may be suitable for partial funding, so please check the eligibility details carefully. To apply click on the project link and follow the instructions.

D) One NERC GW4+ DTP funded PhD studentship

The deadline for applications closed on 7th January 2018 with interviews held between the 5th - 16th February 2018

Note that applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding.

You may also be interested in the opportunities below and those offered by Astrophysics.


Why study postgraduate Mathematics and Computer Science at Exeter?


  • £3 million investment in new academic and student facilities
  • Research expertise in climate modelling and statistics; control and dynamics; systems biology; astrophysical fluid flows; number theory; robotics; machine learning; and multi-objective optimisation 
  • A truly interdisciplinary approach to scientific research
  • Wide range of exciting and high-impact research projects
  • Strong links with external organisations including Motorola, Mouchel and the Met Office in Exeter, including three joint professorships researching weather and climate system modelling

Mathematics and Computer Science at Exeter maintains an international reputation for research and we continue to invest in top-quality academics and research students to enhance this expertise. Current postgraduate research studentship opportunities are listed on our studentships webpage.


Our PhD research programme in Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics includes the following specific projects of interest:

Fluid Dynamics of Weather and Climate

Theoretical Fluid Dynamics

Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics

Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and Space Weather

Furthermore, we are able to supervise postgraduate research projects in the following topics of Fluid Dynamics:

  • Fluid dynamics in planetary systems
  • Fluid dynamics of weather and climate
  • Magnetohydrodynamics, from planetary interiors to stellar dynamos
  • Mathematical modelling of dispersion in atmospheric boundary layers
  • Numerical methods for magnetohydrodynamics
  • Numerical methods for weather and climate
  • Stability theory and pattern formation
  • The interaction of the atmospheric boundary layers with cyclones
  • Topology in fluid dynamics
  • Transport and mixing in fluids
  • Vortex dynamics
  • Ensemble weather prediction
  • Prediction of extreme weather events
  • Stochastic subgrid parametrisation in weather and climate models