EU funded PhD Studentship in Camborne School of Mines: Safety & Sustainable Development associated with the low impact mining of small high grade deposits Geology – MPhil/PhD (Funded) Ref: 2870

About the award

About the Award

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, in partnership with EU H2020 is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,553 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.  The student would be based in Mining Engineering in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences in Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

Location: Mining Engineering, Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Academic Supervisors: Professor Patrick Foster, University of Exeter, Dr Kate Moore, University of Exeter

Project Description:

This PhD is part of the EU H2020 funded IMPACT project being led by the Camborne School of Mines. The overall objective of the project is to develop and investigate the use of “switch on-switch off” mining of smaller high grade deposits, particularly of critical metals, that would otherwise be considered unfeasible to mine.

The objective of the PhD study is to look in detail at the safety & sustainable development associated with this mining methodology. This would cover social engagement with local communities as part of the social licence to operate, as well as looking at the safety and training needs required. The investigations of social sustainability will feed into the analysis of health & safety and be used to suggest best practice for a new workforce in the context of switch on/switch off mining of small high grade complex deposits.

This is a multi-partner & stakeholder project and involves case study sites in the West Balkans. As part of the studentship the Candidate would be expected to travel to the mine sites, project partner sites and project meetings within the EU during the period of study.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.  For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,553 per year tax-free stipend.  Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend. 

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in January 2018 and is subject to confirmation of funding.

Entry requirements:

Applicants for this studentship must should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related subject such as Environment Science, Mining or Minerals Engineering.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable (see

How to apply

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.  Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”. 

• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Names of two referees familiar with your academic work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English
The closing date for applications is midnight on 26 November 2017.  Interviews will be held on the University of Penryn Campus in the following weeks.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 722730.  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.


Application deadline:26th November 2017
Number of awards:1
Value:£14,553 for 3.5 years
Duration of award:per year
Contact: STEMM Postgraduate Admissions