As a member of the SUPER DTP, we advertise projects funded by them on this page. Our latest SUPER research opportunities have now been announced below, applications are now open. 

Submission Deadline: 1st February 2023


Project 1
Further development of the ECOSSE-model for quantifying and mapping the impacts of degraded and restored Scottish peatlands on net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under climate change

Project Supervisor: Dr Mohammed Abdalla (with Prof Pete Smith as lead) 

Project 2
The molecular basis of daily and seasonal migration behaviour in the copepod Calanus finmarchicus in the face of climate change

Project Supervisor: Dr Marius Wenzel

Project 3
Populations at the edge: range dynamics and conservation of the Great Crested Newt under global change.

Project Supervisor: Dr Greta Bocedi

Project 4
The interaction of waves with seaweed farms: wave attenuation and intra-farm hydrodynamics

Project Supervisor: Dominic Van der A (School of Engineering)


SUPER DTP students are funded for a minimum of 42 months full time (or up to 84 months part-time*). Funding includes:

Stipend (living costs) based on UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for the 2022/23 academic year, subject to annual increase)

UK Level Tuition Fees (international students who receive an award will receive a tuition fee waiver for the difference)

Research and Training Costs

*Part time study is not available to those who require a visa to study in the UK

Academic Eligibility:

Applicants to the SUPER DTP are expected to have a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent). Applicants with a 2.2 at honours level will be considered on the condition they have a masters at distinction.


How to Apply:

SUPER DTP Application Form

In order to apply, applicants must complete ALL of the followings steps to be considered:

·         Complete the above University of Aberdeen SUPER DTP Application form

·         Complete and submit this Equality, Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form and include the generated unique ID code on your application form

·         The application form and supporting documentation should be sent to as a combined PDF

References and Supporting Documentation


You must submit two academic references to support your application. Relevant professional references can also be accepted if academic references cannot be obtained. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that these are submitted on time. Please request these from your referees as soon as possible.

There are two ways to do this:

  • If your referees are comfortable with providing you with a reference directly, you can submit it via email with your other supporting documents – please always ask permission. References must be on institutional letter headed paper with a signature.
  • Alternatively, your referee can send a reference directly to This must be on institutional letter headed paper with a signature, and sent from an institutional email address.
  • We cannot accept a reference from the supervisor of the project you are applying to, regardless of whether you have worked with them at other stages of your education. Please be sure to find an alternative referee.


Supporting Documentation

The following should be included with your application form in order for us to assess your application form:

·        All degree transcripts and certificates (BSc and MSc, where applicable). Official translations are required where English is not the original language

·        Cover letter for the project you wish to apply for, addressed to the lead supervisor

·        A copy of your academic CV

·        Proof of settled or pre settled status in the UK, where relevant

·        Proof of English language, if English is not your native language

·        2 references. We will not contact referees on your behalf. Please either submit references with your application or ask your referees to send them to

Completed applications should be sent to by 1st February 2023. Incomplete applications at the time of the deadline unfortunately cannot be considered.