Being part of the Camborne School of Mines postgraduate research (PGR) community means that you will play an instrumental part in research projects that have a significant impact on both your chosen field of study and wider society; from pioneering new intelligent prospecting and extraction methods to understanding the effects of ancient global climate change. CSM is continuously investing in growing and expanding its research expertise, and has a record of attracting major projects and talented individuals.
Communication and collaboration is at the heart of CSM. Weekly gatherings take place over tea and cake, ensuring strong relationships are built with every member. In addition to your project supervisor, every student is assigned a mentor who falls outside your project for personal support and advice. There are opportunities to get to know those outside of CSM during social events. For example, every last Friday of the month the whole PGR Penryn campus community gather for a social event.
Current PhD opportunities
We have some PhD projects available with funding already attached to them. Other potential projects could be funded through other means - find out more about funding here.
Fellowships are independent funding schemes and an alternative funding route for you PGR studies. CSM is interested to hear from early career researchers who would like to apply for an independent research fellowship to be hosted here. We can support applicants through the process of applying to funders in the UK or overseas for highly competitive schemes.
In addition we would be happy to hear from existing fellowship holders who would be interested in transferring to CSM.
If you would like to discuss fellowships at CSM please contact Professor Stephen Hesselbo (CSM Director of Research). It is useful to send through a CV and some details about your research area.
Mentors within CSM and our Research Services team can provide the following support:
Advice on scheme suitability and proposal writing.
Review of draft proposals and advice on budgets.
Guidance and support (e.g. mock interview) for fellowship interviews
Fellows in CSM:
Mentoring from senior colleagues.
Peer support from our Early Career Researcher network.
Opportunities to gain teaching experience and to supervise BSc, MSc, MScbyRes, and PhD project students.
Training and personal development through our Research Development programme.
Support for grant proposal development from senior colleagues and Research Services.
We always welcome enquiries from students interested in undertaking a PhD in any areas of our research, and are happy to discuss scholarship and external funding opportunities.
View the University of Exeter's PhD funding schemes
I chose to study my PhD at CSM, University of Exeter as it is one of the few places in the UK you can research minerals engineering, which is a fantastic blend of physics, chemistry and colloidal science.
Living in Cornwall is an additional benefit, as you have beautiful countryside on your doorstep from beaches to moors; there is plenty to explore. As a PhD student in the CSM you are made to feel like an integral part of the research team interacting closely with more senior members of staff. This creates a great atmosphere to create new ideas. The CSM community is vibrant with a monthly food club that explores the variety of restaurants in Falmouth, through to weekly CSM Friday evening drinks that the whole department attends.
My advice to prospective PhD students would be to prioritise a project that you can see yourself enjoying for the next three years and finding a supervisor that you think you will work well with.
I chose Camborne School of Mines at University of Exeter to do my PhD for a number of reasons: the world class reputation of CSM as a centre for geosciences, the opportunity to work under a team of highly successful academics and the experience of living in Falmouth with its beautiful surrounding countryside.
In studying a PhD I would say the most important thing to be is excited and open to new ideas, you never know when you might come across a new technique to help your research!
I chose CSM due to its world-leading research across a wide range of Earth Sciences disciplines. Further to this, the Deep Time Global Change research group is fast becoming a well-known and active body in the Palaeoclimate community.
I'm so grateful to have been given the chance to undertake my PhD as part of a growing new research group at CSM, and to live and study in one of the most beautiful and vibrant parts of the UK. I feel well-supported and inspired by the skilled staff, helpful services and personal development opportunities available on campus.
I chose CSM and the University of Exeter for my PhD because it allows me to work with the leading scientists in my research field and gives me the opportunity to collaborate with researchers across other universities in the country and internationally.
My research focuses on responsible sourcing of rare earth elements, and CSM and the University of Exeter has helped by providing industry contacts as well as expertise from other disciplines. CSM was the perfect destination for my research because of the reputation and the connections to industry.