Funded by NERC and BBSRC, the STARS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is an exciting consortium of 8 organizations, comprising 4 universities and 4 research institutes from around England, Scotland and Wales who are collaborating to offer training to PhD students in soil science.

Each year 11 students will be recruited to the STARS CDT and have the added benefit of cohort training in the STARS College, both face-to-face and online. They will have access to internationally renowned soil scientists and research facilities as well as benefiting from the support of fellow students from across the country.

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Apply for a Studentship

Additional studentships available for October 2017 entry. Application deadline 18th June 2017. 

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Further information

Latest News

Prestigious Policy Placements

STARS Innovation Fellow, Becca Burns has been successful in obtaining two fantastic placements for STARS students, one in the House of Lords and one at Defra. The 3 month placements will put students …

21 December, 2016 News


STARS, Soils & Sun

Now well into their second year of study, the first cohort of STARS students are off to the sun at the end of January, for a 7 day residential field trip to Tenerife. Renowned for its variety of Soils…

21 December, 2016 News


Want to join STARS in 2017?

There are 28 fantastic studentships to choose from throughout the country; a great opportunity for prospective PhD students who wish to study soil science. The diverse list of projects includes such t…

2 December, 2016 News


Welcome to the 2nd cohort of STARS students!

We welcome twelve new students to the STARS CDT today. The students are based throughout the country with at least one at each of the eight core partner institutes. The group will meet regularly to …

3 October, 2016 News