Postgraduate Opportunities

We have found a wide range of opportunities for postgraduates. Please look through the following for information on funding (Doctoral and Masters), advice, news, places to search for PostGrad study, conferences and workshops.

Please send any other suggestions or inquiries to alex.ford363@gmail.com or cm607@le.ac.uk

THINGS WE’RE AWARE OF…

GEOSPATIAL MAPPING AND SCIENCE (DEGREE)

Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialists interpret and analyse geospatial data (data relating to geographic position on the earth’s surface) and use leading edge digital technology such as laser scanning, Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and imagery. They provide data analysis and advice for mapping, satellite navigation systems (Satnavs), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), infrastructure, the identification of local, suburban or international boundaries, military, mining and a wide range of other purposes.

Specific duties are to interpret, manipulate and analyse geospatial information, data and measurement using a wide range of innovative technologies and to provide strategic advice and recommendations based on this analysis. Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialists can work in either the public or private sector and employers include consultants, contractors, rail operators, government, the military, mapping companies, suppliers of computer based mapping technology, Geographic Information Systems and Building Information Modelling, utilities companies and a range of others. This apprenticeship consists of a core and options and apprentices are required to select one option depending upon their job role.

PhD in Ecosystem Reassembly – Coventry University

Earth is arguably undergoing the sixth mass extinction event of its history. Because biodiversity determines the presence and magnitude of key ecosystem functions, such as water purification and productivity, species loss can severely impact the health and livelihoods of people. In response to this crisis, ecological restoration has become a multi-billion dollar industry. However, few restoration projects are monitored, and those that are often show no improvement.

Reasons for the failure of ecological restoration schemes continue to be hotly debated. Emerging evidence suggests that spatial processes involving the dispersal capacities of organisms are of crucial importance. These processes may be strong enough to limit improvement in ecological status even if environmental conditions at an individual site have improved after management intervention. However, the search for conclusive evidence is restricted by the labour-intensiveness of traditional biological sampling methods.

This project will apply a novel combination of eDNA and statistical modelling techniques developed by the supervisory team to map and analyse biodiversity patterns over large extents and at high resolutions throughout river networks. The aim is to understand the processes that influence the success or failure of ecological restoration efforts and make robust predictions of management outcomes at regional scales. The student will be largely based with project partner Severn Rivers Trust at their headquarters in the Worcestershire countryside. Data collection will focus on specific sub-catchments within the Severn river basin.

OTHERWISE, THESE ARE GOOD PLACES TO START…

The following websites are a good place to start narrowing down the kind of thing you want to study further. Naturally, if you’re looking to do a PhD you may well already have a specific area you’re intending on research, but if you’re looking to do a Masters, it might help to compare different courses even if they’re at the same university.

UCAS provides a wide range of advice and options for anything to do with UK academia, including pastoral care.

FindaUniversity.com list over  25,000 postgraduate courses at institutions around the world. You can use their listings to quickly and conveniently search and compare qualifications.

Prospects are experts in postgraduate futures. They help to guide graduates into further education and into careers. Funding advice ranges from how to apply for loans, scholarships, bursaries, grants, disabled students’ allowances, to how to use crowdfunding to pay for your studies and how to approach employers for sponsorship. They also help with the fine tuning of CVs and Motivation letters.

FUNDING

The following websites all offer funding and loan information for postgraduate study, and/or the option to search large databases of funding and scholarship opportunities from throughout the UK.

DOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAMS (DTP)

PhD funding tends to be given via a department, institution, research project, or Doctoral Training Program. Often to find opportunities, it is best to use one of the databases as the top of this page, or to search on specific University websites. Nonetheless, we have found some of the major PhD funding opportunities resources  which are listed below.

Postdoctoral funding

There are various funding bodies that give grants for postdoctoral research to support writing up your thesis for publication, additional research, or for new research projects entirely. This list is not exhaustive but gives an indication of the main opportunities available. Speak to supervisors about opportunities your university might offer internally. And approach academics with funding for large projects, as often they can set aside money for a postdoctoral researcher if the research interests fit.

Conference and Workshop Funding

The RGS and other institutions often funding specifically aimed at conference attendance. Again, this list is not exhaustive but provides you with some useful directions. A few tips to start with:

Fieldwork, miscellaneous and non-UK funding

A number of trusts and other organisations offer smaller grants for fieldwork and research expenses. This section also includes more general grants and areas of funding including help with living expenses.