Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

The Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) sub-department offers a number of DPhil (PhD) places every year for students to take part in the research work of the department. We do not offer graduate Masters courses.

Our research focuses on the study of physical processes in the atmospheres, surfaces and oceans of the Earth and other planets, using experimental and theoretical techniques. We have approximately 110 members, including 15 permanent academic staff, 40 post-doctoral researchers and 35 graduate students.

Applying for admission for October 2017

We are now closed to applications for October 2017 except for studentship(s) advertised below.

Ad hoc studentships for specific projects

  • STFC ExoMars/ACS studentship: Applications will open for this studentship towards the end of April with a submission deadline extended to 12 noon BST on Friday, 9 June 2017. Further details here. Informal enquiries to supervisors Dr Colin Wilson and/or Professor Patrick Irwin.
  • Additional CASE projects available for 2017 entry: Global measurements of Sea Surface Temperature using the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer

    Supervised by Anu Dudhia, Physics

    Global Sea Surface Temperature (SST) is an important parameter in weather forecasting and climate modelling. From 2012-2017 there has been a gap in operations from dedicated SST monitoring satellites, and this may have caused a deterioration in weather forecasting ability. The aim of the project is to see whether the IASI instruments on the MetOp satellites (which have been in orbit since 2006) can be used to provide high quality SST data to fill this gap.

    The timescale for identifying and recruiting students is extremely tight. If you are interested in applying, please contact Anu Dudhia by email including a CV as soon as possible but by 3rd of June at the latest. There is no need to complete an online application form at this stage but you may be asked to do so later in the process. You should have a minimum of a 2:i at Bachelors level. The shortlisted candidates will hear back by 9th June and will be invited for interviews on Friday 16th June.

    For further details on this and other additional CASE projects, please visit the DTP website.

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Enquiries and further information

If you have any queries or require further information that is not available on these pages please email or write to

Catherine Morris
Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics
Clarendon Laboratory
Parks Road
Oxford OX1 3PU, U.K.