Self-funded PhD opportunities

Global and regional temperature change in mountainous regions

  • Application end date: Applications accepted all year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: Department of Geography
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr N Pepin

Research Project Code - GEOG1231015

The Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth has a position for doctoral (phD) research available for three years (full-time) for a suitably qualified candidate to start in February or October 2016 (UK or EU students only). Applicants are invited to submit a research proposal in the area of climatology/meteorology. 

Dr Nick Pepin (Reader in Climate Science) and head of Environmental Processes and Change Group (see is interested in supervising a student in the following research area: 

Global and regional temperature change in mountainous regions through analysis of climate trends across the globe and the factors that influence the spatial variation in warming rates. The existence of elevational-dependent warming (i.e. whether warming is enhanced at high elevations) is an important issue in the literature and is a major focus of this research. It is mostly dependent on secondary data sources such as global surface datasets (GHCN, CRU etc), reanalyses, and radiosonde data archives. A comparison of what these different data sources show in areas such as the Tibetan plateau and other mountain regions is also a focus of current research. 

Staff web pages also provide more information on individual research interests and the specific projects that staff members have recently undertaken 

The department also advertises research themes for Masters projects (MRes Science) – see the pdf for Geography under Course structure at 

Applicants for the phD programme are expected to have a good first degree (minimum upper second class Honours degree or equivalent) and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. Non-accredited research and skills training is available through the University-wide Graduate School. If you so wish, you may discuss your ideas informally with Dr Nick Pepin (tel: 02392 842507: e-mail: ) or email We will also be happy to answer any questions regarding the application process. 

How to apply:

To apply or make an enquiry, please visit postgraduate research: Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Applications should use our standard application forms and follow the instructions given under the ‘Research Degrees’ heading on the following webpage:

When applying please note the project code - GEOG1231015

Alternatively you may receive a hard copy by contacting the Faculty of Science, Postgraduate Admissions Office, St. Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT. Tel: +44 (0)23 9284 5550. 

Application Deadline: As appropriate 

Funding Notes:

This is currently for self-funded applicants. Periodically, funded positions (including tuition and maintenance grant) become available, and when this is the case, the funded positions will be advertised on this website. For other applications (welcome at any time) tuition fees will be payable for three years, full-time study (£3,996 per year – UK and EU students only).