Depending on your background you may also study Glaciology, possibly by attending a course based in the Arctic.
Upon the successful completion of your MRes, for the subsequent 3-years you will be based in the Glaciology Group or the Civil and Computational Engineering Centre and will be jointly supervised between the two departments - you will develop a project of mutual interest to both groups.
Possible topics include modelling the response of valley glaciers to climatic change; ice-shelf/ice-stream interactions; and radar or seismic propagation in polythermal ice masses.
The Glaciology Group at Swansea consists of 5 permanent academic staff, 2 NERC-funded postdoctoral fellows, and around 6 postgraduate students.
There is a strong possibility of glaciological field-work associated with this PhD project.