Faculty of Environment and Technology PhD studentships


An exciting opportunity to apply for 16 full or partially funded PhD positions in the Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET), UWE Bristol. 

The expected start dates of these studentships are 1 October 2021 or 1 January 2022.  

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1 July 2021.

Studentship details

FET has a strong and continually evolving research environment. We submitted a significant proportion of our staff to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). Our expectation is that the majority of our submitted research is internationally excellent or of world leading quality.

Applications are invited for PhD studentships in research interests that are supported by one of the Faculty’s four integrated departments, these are:


We will be holding a webinar at 10:00 on Wednesday 16 June when applicants can talk with potential PhD Directors of Study about specific programmes of study that have been selected for studentships across departments.

The agenda for the webinar is as follows:

  • 10:00-10:15 – Welcome: Professor Catherine Hobbs, FET Research and Studentships
  • 10:15-10:25 – Professor Richard McClatchey, PhD Support and Supervision
  • 10:25-10:40 – Dr Barkha Javed, 'The PhD Experience in FET'
  • 10:40-11:40 – breakout groups to discuss departmental PhD opportunities
  • 11:40-11:50 – Q&A session with Professors Hobbs and McClatchey and Grad School
  • 11:50-12:00 – wrap up and next actions

Sign up for the webinar

For informal discussion about the studentships, please email Professor Catherine Hobbs: Catherine.Hobbs@uwe.ac.uk, or Professor Richard McClatchey: Richard.Mcclatchey@uwe.ac.uk.



The studentships are available from 1 October 2021 or 1 January 2022 for a period of three years full time or pro-rata part time equivalent, subject to satisfactory progress.

There are a small number of fully funded PhD positions for up to three years including a tax exempt stipend which is currently £15,609 per annum and tuition fees. In addition, there are partially funded positions available.


The successful candidates will have a Master's qualification in the relevant field of study according to the requirements of the hosting department.  

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the applicable reference number as stated above.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application so please have these available when you complete the application form.

Your application will only be considered if it is complete including the above supporting documentation and confirms that you meet our minimum eligibility criteria. Missing or incorrect information will mean that your application will not be considered. If we need further details or additional documentation we will contact you. 

References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted. 

Closing date: the closing date for applications is Thursday 1 July 2021.

Further information

It is expected that interviews will take place between 19–30 July 2021. If you have not heard from us by 18 July 2021, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.