PhD Opportunities

ACCE DTP managed to secure funding by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and will continue to support 22 new PhD students a year in ecology, evolution and conservation over the next five years as part of the ACCE 2 DTP (Adapting to the Challenges of Changing Environment, Doctoral Training Programme).

Bringing together the academic strengths of the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and York, the programme also benefits from the unique scientific expertise and resources of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Natural History Museum.

The multidisciplinary programme aims to develop confident and multi-skilled PhD students capable of undertaking cutting-edge research and tackling environmental biology questions of global significance.

How to apply

ACCE PhD project applications for recruitment of the 2nd cohort of the ACCE2 DTP students (starting in 2020) are NOW CLOSED.

Click on the relevant ACCE Academic partner below to find out the available projects. As some projects have many more applicants than others, we encourage applicants to consider applying for more than one project within ACCE to maximise their chances of being interviewed. If you are nominated for interview by more than one supervisor, you will have to choose the one project for which you want to be interviewed.

Application for all ACCE projects should be made through the Universities of Sheffield, York or Liverpool admission systems. You need to look at the guidelines for applicants for each University or Department hosting the PhD as they might be very different.

University of Liverpool
The University of Sheffield
University of York


The ACCE DTP studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements (to resign in the UK minimum three years immediately before the start of the PhD). EU nationals who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for ‘a fees-only award’ which covers the tuition fees at UKRI level and Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), but no stipend. Further information about eligibility you can find in UKRI Training Grant Guide.

Applicants are usually expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications) in environmental sciences, archaeology, ecology, biology, botany, chemistry, computing, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, statistics, zoology, and other related subjects.