The NDC offers a number of funded PhD opportunities for high calibre students across a range of areas. PhD students benefit from being part of a new and exciting decommissioning research centre working in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, along with other PhD students, industry and academics among others.

The NDC includes state-of-the-art engineering laboratories and hangar space for the design and development of decommissioning technology, as well as a suite of environmental commercial testing facilities. At the heart of the Centre is the Decommissioning Immersive Collaborative Environment (DICE), a high-tech digital visualisation suite.

To find out more about our current PhD research projects, please visit our Research Page

PhD Opportunities with Chevron Corporation – DEADLINE HAS CLOSED; AT SHORTLISTING STAGE

Investigation of the environmental implications of decommissioning and the longevity and fate of offshore structures left in place

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The National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) and Chevron Corporation have recently signed an Anchor partnership agreement that will fund a research programme to address some of the major questions around the environmental implications of decommissioning energy assets at a number of global locations and provide guidance for optimal decommissioning.

The projects will focus on techniques for monitoring fish stocks around installations and pipelines as man-made marine habitats, the bioavailability of potential decommissioning-related substances, and modelling the longevity and eventual fate of offshore infrastructure left in situation.

To deliver this ambitious programme of research, the partnership will fund three PhD studentships and a postdoctoral researcher. These exciting projects offer students the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team based in the NDC’s Centre for Doctoral Training ( in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, working alongside a cohort of PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, senior academics and industry colleagues, including Chevron personnel. In addition, to receiving advanced training in environmental sciences, marine biology and engineering, the students will gain valuable knowledge and experience about the energy sector and the decommissioning space through close interactions with our industry experts.

The students will also benefit from undertaking courses that are part of the MSc in Decommissioning on a non-credit bearing basis. The course provides a detailed overview of the international and domestic legal regulatory framework pertaining to the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations.

Funding and Eligibility:

This PhD studentship is funded by Chevron. Full funding is available to UK/EU candidates only. This includes Tuition Fees at UK/EU rates with an annual stipend which for 2019/2020 is £15,009, paid monthly in arrears and a Research Training Support Grant. To be eligible to apply for a fully-funded studentship, you must:

  • be a UK or EU citizen or a non-EU citizen with permanent settled status in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)
  • International applicants are eligible to apply and to receive full stipend but must be able to meet the difference in international fees.

Available Projects:

  1. Acoustics to monitor fish on man-made marine structures
  2. Longevity and fate of structures left in place
  3. Quantitative risk assessment of mercury in the aquatic environments: linking mobility, bioavailability and bioaccumulation

PhD Vacancies

Learn more about these available PhD projects and how to apply on the FindAPhD website by clicking on the links to the right: