PhD opportunities

We welcome applications for PhD projects. If you have a project idea then please contact the relevant member of staff. To be eligible, applicants should have a first-class honours degree or a 2.1 honours degree and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Relevant experience will also be taken in consideration. Applicants must be highly motivated with an interest aligned with the research of The Lyell Centre.

A limited number of scholarships are available from HWU. Scholarships will be awarded by competitive merit, taking into account the academic ability of the applicant.

We will announce opportunities as they become available.


HWU is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at HWU.

The Lyell Centre application process

HWU uses an online recruitment process called iRecruit for all academic and professional services vacancies.

The process for applicants involves registering on iRecruit and using the system to upload your CV, covering letter, and publications list. You should also include with your application a one-page statement of research interests that summarises how your current work will align with The Lyell Centre.

Your CV should include full details of your academic qualifications, your employment history, and your research grant income.

Once you have registered on iRecruit, our system will automatically generate an acknowledgement and you'll receive a short, system-generated email message. You'll be contacted if we need further information to assess your application.

All applications undergo an initial assessment by Human Resources to ensure that the candidate meets the essential (or minimum) criteria for the post applied for. The next step involves shortlisting by an interview panel. If you are shortlisted for interview you will receive a formal invitation to interview with all relevant details regarding interview presentation, campus tour, and any other arrangements or requirements. If you are not shortlisted, you will be contacted with an explanation of why your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Hannah Hendry, Recruitment Consultant.

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