The main activity in years 2-4 is of course research on the PhD project. For sample PhD projects submitted to the MPE CDT please check out this list. There are also a number of extra training events and activities to develop students as research mathematicians in the climate/oceans/weather area.

Training and Events for Years 2-4

Summer School Mathematics of Planet Earth

This is a biennial event for PhD students held in April, built around a series of lectures from invited speakers on an area of cutting edge mathematical research that looks set to become applicable to climate/weather/ocean science, see the announcement of the 2018 edition for more details.

Assisting with MPE CDT teaching

Students will be encouraged to assist with teaching on the MPE MRes, particularly leading tutorials on MPE Wednesdays, and assisting with computer laboratories in the core courses.

Met Office Training and Research (MOTR)

This is a 10-week programme, hosted by the Met Office in Exeter with lectures given by world-leading scientists (including from the Met Office) are followed by research internships, where students work in teams of 2 or 3 with Met Office staff, along with presentations and seminars through the period. The programme exposes the students to an applied research project outside their PhD topic and further supports peer-to-peer learning, sharing of expertise, tackling problems by team work, and critical assessment and communication of scientific findings.

Management Training Course

This is a two day residential course hosted at Imperial College.

Making a Difference as a Leader

A three-day bespoke programme delivered by and academic staff across several CDT’s in physics and mathematics.

MPE Exhibition

Our CDT outreach and associated cohort‐building activities includes: i) hosting the recently created open source Mathematics of Planet Earth Exhibition ( at Imperial, initially in February 2015; ii) the creation of virtual MPE exhibits on the website through an annual competition for teams of year 2-‐4 PhD students; iii) an annual MPE outreach (and recruitment) week in February, in significant part centred around i) and ii).

Internships and international placements

To promote international networking and expose students to industrial and commercial research challenges, students are encouraged to undertake during years 2-4 either: (i) an international placement with our academic partners; or (ii) an industrial internship with our commercial partners.