Research and innovation

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Studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential

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NCAS at Leeds

The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world leading research centre dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science

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Research and innovation

We are a major international powerhouse for environmental research that has wide-ranging and positive impacts on the world that we live in. Our research is carried out within five institutes which represent our core research areas, but much of our work is cross-cutting, tackling complex global challenges. The School is home to a large community of passionate research staff and postgraduate researchers, accessing a range of facilities and working within dedicated research laboratories.

Top 15

in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020


of our research is

'world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent' REF 2014


in the UK for Geography and Environmental Sciences

Complete University Guide 2021

Our research

We advance understanding of Earth surface processes, both in modern and ancient environments.

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We are researching fundamental geoscience with application and impact towards energy, environmental, industrial and infrastructural problems.

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Our research is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth from the core to the surface.

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Our research covers air pollution due to chemistry and aerosols, climate change, high resolution weather processes, global agriculture, and palaeo-climate.

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Our research is based largely on the environmental social sciences and draws upon aspects of geography, sociology, politics, planning, economics, management, development and technology studies.

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The Priestley Centre brings together world leading expertise in all the key strands of climate change research.

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