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Aura CDT Submarine Landslide Dynamics and Impact on Offshore Wind Infrastructure


Funded PhD


4 years (full-time); 7 years (part time)

Application deadline:

Monday 6 June 2022

About this project

The over-arching aim of the project is to explore post-failure mobility of submarine landslides and quantify their impact on offshore wind infrastructure. By multiphase and multiscale modelling of subaqueous landslides with analytical, and numerical approaches, this research helps decision makers manage safe offshore renewable developments. After failure initiation, materials evolve from intact solid soils to fluid-like debris flow and even turbidity currents. The dynamics of motion become of interest once the sliding mass moves downslope, controlling the run-out distance, and potential impact on offshore wind infrastructure. Attention has previously been paid to predicting run-out features like distance using experimental, numerical and theoretical approaches. However, landslide dynamics with different initial conditions and water entrainment, and the direct impacts to OSW facilities, remain to be understood more clearly.

The specific aims of the project are as follows:

  • Aim 1: study dynamic motions of submarine landslide and quantify likely ranges of runout distances, maximum velocities and maximum volumes for different initial landslide conditions.
  • Aim 2: quantify slide mass impact on OSW infrastructure (mainly fixed OSW foundations and cables) and assess integrity of the infrastructure interacted with different landslide phases.

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment; a partnership between the Universities of Durham, Hull, Newcastle and Sheffield. The successful applicant will undertake a PG-Dip training year at the University of Hull before completing their PhD research at Durham University.

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Watch this short video to find out more about funded PhD scholarships at the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training.

Or for more information, watch a recording of the webinar held on 6 December 2021. You'll hear from programme leaders, supervisors, and students talking about funded postgraduate research at the Aura CDT as well as queries from other applicants in the Q&A.

For more information visit the Aura CDT website. If you have a direct question about the project, please email and we will forward the query to the relevant supervisor. Please do not contact the project supervisors directly.

How to apply

Applications in this current round of recruitment to the Aura CDT are open solely to Home students. Applications are made via the University of Hull admissions system. If you have not applied with the University of Hull before, you will need to set up an account to enable you to track the progress of your application and upload supporting documents.

Apply for Aura CDT PhD Scholarship in Submarine Landslide Dynamics and Impact on Offshore Wind Infrastructure

Full time | Part time

With your application, you need to upload copies of the following supporting evidence:

  1. Complete transcripts (and final degree certificate(s) where possible). If your qualification documents are not in English, you will need to supply copies of your original language documents as well as their official translation into English.
  2. A completed Supplementary Application Form (please upload a separate form for each project application when asked to add Personal Statement).

Guidance on completing your Supplementary Application Form:

The Aura Centre for Doctoral Training is committed to generating a diverse and inclusive training programme. As part of our inclusive practices, the Centre adopts a process of assessing applications purely based on skills and attributes and does not consider any personal details. As such we ask applicants to remove any personal details from the Supplementary Form which is used by the Panel to assess and select applicants for interview. The form asks for details of your education, training and employment history as well as some specific questions about your motivations and research experience and interests. It is very important that you do not include any personally identifying information.

Completing the form

Applicants must:

  • remove all personal references in their application. Specifically, do not include the following details: Names, age, country, sex, gender, religion, disability, race, sexual orientation
  • Complete all sections of the form in font and size Calibri 11pt

Please download the Supplementary Application Form here.

Uploading the form

When you have completed the form, please save it as a pdf format and labelled as follows:

Last name_first name PhD application form

Our support team will then process the form removing your name and allocating you a number prior to your application being assessed.

Upload the form as part of your application documents through the University of Hull student application portal when asked to add Personal Statement. Please do not send your form directly to the Aura CDT. If you plan to apply for more than one project you must complete a separate form for each project.

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Funding is available for Home students only. The full-time Aura CDT PhD Scholarship includes fees and maintenance (£16,062 per annum, 2022/23 rate) for four years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

If you have received a First-class Honours degree or a 2:1 Honours degree and a Masters (or the international equivalents) in Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics or Physics, we would like to hear from you.