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Geothermal Resource Extraction, Camborne School of Mines – two MbyRes positions (funded) Ref: 4392

About the award


Academic Supervisors:

Professor Hylke Glass, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter

Dr Robin Shail, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter


The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, in partnership with the Eden Project, EGS Energy, and Bestec (UK), is inviting applications for two fully-funded MbyRes studentships, to commence on 1st January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.  

The research will be carried out in Cornwall at the Camborne School of Mines, based on Penryn campus, and the Eden Project, near St Austell.

Project Description:

A £17M research project funded partly by the European Regional Development Fund is investigating the feasibility and scale of extracting thermal and mineral resources from the deep underground, using data derived from a test site located at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The test site is located in the southern St Austell granite and research focusses on two key aspects:

  • Understanding the potential for non-energy exploitation of deep underground faults.
  • Exploring opportunities to utilise microseismicity during geothermal energy exploitation

The projects will contribute to realising the following objectives:

  • Assessment of opportunities for extraction of chemical elements from water recovered from the drillhole.
  • Identification of alternative uses of a deep underground engineered geothermal system
  • Establish a database and drilling procedure for efficiently accessing such deep faults.
  • Assessment of the potential for microseismic monitoring to control geothermal energy production

Two MbyRes students will be recruited to be part of the research team, with each student focussing on one of the themes above.

The studentships will be awarded on the basis of merit for 1 year of full-time study, to commence on 1st January 2022. 

The award provides annual funding to cover Home tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who meet the UK residency requirement and pay Home tuition fees, the award will cover the research costs and tuition fees in full, plus a stipend at the Research Council rate (2021/22) of at least £15,609 per year tax-free. 

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.  Further information about eligibility can be found here.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or are set to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of Engineering, Physics, or Geology/Earth Sciences.  

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 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

In the application process, you will be asked to upload several documents.  

  • 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)
  • Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to, quoting the studentship reference number.
  • 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 13th December 2021.  Interviews will be held online or on Penryn Campus from 15th December 2021

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers) +44 (0) 1392 723044 (International callers)  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor.


Application deadline:13th December 2021
Value:The award provides funding to cover Home tuition fees and a tax-free stipend.
Duration of award:for 1 year
Contact: PGR Admissions Team