Postgraduate opportunities

We welcome applications from motivated individuals for PhD and MSc by Research study. The central University of Dundee Postgraduate Research enquiry page is here.


Much of the work undertaken by Environmental Futures is aligned directly with Geography and Environmental Science, but other relevant home disciplines include Law, Urban Planning, Politics and International Relations, Sustainability, and Art, Design & Media Theory. Get in touch if you have an idea you would like to discuss with any members of this group. There are opportunities for fully funded PhD studentships through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS) and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Oil and Gas.

Current PhD projects

  • Hydro Nation PhD Scholarship Scheme 2022 is now open!! See available projects here!
  • There are also other fully funded PhD opportunities currently being advertised here.

***6 x £5000 Scholarships for MSc by Research – Details here***

MSc by Research

The MSc (Research) programme in Geography or in Environmental Science will allow you to undertake research that addresses the world’s foremost environmental challenges, and that tackles social inequality and exclusion. You will be supported by our leading academic experts to develop detailed knowledge and advanced skills that will result in the delivery of a research thesis based on a topic of your choice. You can opt to complete your research thesis in 1 year (full time) or 2 years (part-time).

You can contact members of staff in Geography and Environmental Science about potential project themes. The following is a list of MSc by Research project titles that are open for applications from members of Environmental Futures and from our parallel group, Social Futures:

Dr Simon Cook

  • Evaluating current and future glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) risk in the Bolivian Andes.
  • Dynamics of ice cap outlet glaciers in southern Iceland.
  • Influence of proglacial lakes on downstream geomorphological evolution.
  • Quantifying rates of delta progradation in glacial lakes.

Prof Sue Dawson

  • The sedimentary signature of late Holocene tsunamis in Shetlands
  • Storm surge sedimentary records in an island setting (Shetland and the Uists)

Prof Sue Dawson & Dr Alan Cuthbertson

  • Investigating tsunami sediment hydrodynamics: using an experimental flume to validate geological records of extreme events
  • Environmental fluid dynamics and tsunami wave backwash: the approach in the Shetland Islands   

Dr Martin Kirkbride & Dr Simon Cook

  • How much erosion of the Scottish landscape did glaciers achieve during the Loch Lomond Stadial?

Dr Beverley Searle

  • Subjective wellbeing as a precursor to attitudes/behaviour 
  • Subjective wellbeing benefits of nature/environmental connection 
  • Subjective wellbeing and transformation (i.e. fundamentally changing what we think, what we do, and how we do it in order to combat the damage we are doing to the planet and society).    

Professor Lorraine van Blerk

  • Exploring the lives of young people growing up on the streets in African cities