Environmental Science

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:4836 Duration:36 months

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Research Areas:

PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

Environmental biology

We undertake research into the microbial ecology of a range of managed and natural environments. The ecology and diversity of plants and animals and their responses to human activity is also investigated at large, often landscape, scales, across many contrasting taxa. Advanced environmental modelling is used to integrate and predict long-term patterns.

For more information: Nikki Morton; School of Biology; e-mail:; telephone +44 (0) 191 208 4848

Environmental change and management

We study long-term system evolution and change, and develop knowledge relating to the Earth's surface and the processes that form its structure and drive its function. Human behaviour and how it can impact on these systems and influence their sustainable management is also studied. You will be part of either the Quaternary Research Group or the Earth Surface Processes Research Group.

For more information: Postgraduate Office, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology; e-mail:; telephone +44 (0) 191 208 5200


Geomicrobiology; mineral science; molecular microbial ecology; soil biogeochemistry; bioremediation of polluted soils and waters; cycling of carbon and other elements in Earth history; carbon export across the land ocean interface; and climate change in ancient greenhouse environments.

For more information: Yvonne Hall; School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences; e-mail:; telephone +44 (0) 191 208 6605

Marine sciences

Research is undertaken in the following areas - marine ecology, particularly the dynamics of fragile ecosystems and invertebrate reproduction; marine biotechnology, including biofouling; and marine biogeochemistry, with a particular focus on the oceans role in the cycling of climate-active gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and sulphur species.

For more information: Postgraduate Office, School of Marine Science and Technology; e-mail:; telephone +44 (0) 191 208 6661


Depending on your specific area of research, the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School or the Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Schools will provide training in professional/key skills and research techniques, support personal development and host postgraduate events.


An upper-second-class Honours degree and preferably a master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

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