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About the British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is one of the world’s leading environmental research centres and is responsible for the UK’s national scientific activities in Antarctica.  BAS is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation.  BAS provides a national capability for Antarctic science and logistics, carry out scientific research, long term observations and surveys that cannot be done by anyone else in the UK.

Our eight Polar Science for Planet Earth Programmes consist of "Atmosphere, Ice & Climate", Biodiversity, Evolution & Adaptation", "Ecosystems", "Geology & Geophysics", "Ice Dynamics & Palaeo-Climate", "Palaeo-Environments & Climate Change", "Polar Oceans", "Space Weather & Atmosphere", and cover a broad spectrum of science.

We welcome research enquiries from those working for first degrees in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and related subjects.  Most research studentships lead to the PhD degree.

All research students registered at British Antarctic Survey have a BAS supervisor and a University supervisor in a cognate department; progression and examination requirements are as for research students in the partner department.

1 course offered in the British Antarctic Survey

In this course, a PhD is undertaken under the joint supervision of a research scientist at the British Antarctic Survey and a University supervisor.  Students may be based at BAS, but will be registered for their degree with one of the partnering departments:- Archaeology & Anthropology, Land Economy, Plant Sciences, Zoology, Earth Sciences, Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute, Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, Chemistry.

The British Antarctic Survey welcomes enquiries from those interested in higher degrees in earth science subjects, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and related subjects. Further projects may also be available in the University Department (see other entries in this list).

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1 course also advertised in the British Antarctic Survey

From the Department of Earth Sciences

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Application of Artificial Intelligence to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER) trains researchers (through several multidisciplinary cohorts) to be uniquely equipped to develop and apply leading-edge computational approaches to address critical global environmental challenges by exploiting vast, diverse and often currently untapped environmental data sets. Embedded in the outstanding research environments of the University of Cambridge and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the AI4ER CDT addresses problems that are relevant to building resilience to environmental hazards and managing environmental change. The primary application areas are:

  • Weather, Climate and Air Quality
  • Natural Hazards
  • Natural Resources (food, water & resource security and biodiversity)

Students in the CDT cohorts engage in a one-year MRes degree in Physical Sciences (Environmental Data Science) which includes a taught component and a major research element, followed by a three-year PhD research project. Students will receive high-quality training in research, professional, technical and transferable skills through a focused core programme with an emphasis on the development of data science skills through hackathons and team challenges. Training is guided by personalised advice and the expertise of a network of partners in industry, government, the third sector and beyond.

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Department Members


Dr Alistair Crame
Head, Postgraduate Research Programme

Mrs Alison Teague
Student Co-ordinator


http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/