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    The Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management (DEHRM) is based in the well-equipped, purpose-built facilities of the University's Public Health Building. Our research attracts extensive funding from many sources, including the:

    * Department of Transport
    * Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    * Environment Agency
    * Department of Health
    * Food Standards Agency
    * National Environment Research Council (NERC)
    * Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
    * Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
    * Leverhulme Trust
    * European programmes

    The collaborative nature of much of this work, together with the mix of pure, strategic and applied research, often involving interdisciplinary teams spanning physical, biological, chemical, medical and social sciences, provides a dynamic and internationally recognised research environment.

    Type of Course: Doctoral research

    Duration: PhD: 3 years full-time; MPhil: 1 year full-time


    Research interests of staff

    * Air pollution
    * We are internationally renowned for our air pollution research under the direction of Professor Roy Harrison, Dr Jacob Baker, Dr William Bloss and Dr Stuart Harrad. Areas covered range from studies of emissions from engines, through atmospheric dispersion and transformation processes, to effects on humans.
    Contact: Professor Roy Harrison
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3494
    * Persistent organic pollutants
    * Dr Stuart Harrad and Professor Roy Harrison lead our research into the atmospheric sources, aquatic and terrestrial food chain transfer, and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Current foci are the utilisation of chirality as a tool to understand the fate and behaviour of POPs and developing understanding of the role of indoor environments as sources of exposure to POPs.
    Contact: Dr Stuart Harrad
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7298

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    To gain admission to a research degree programme (with the exception of the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD)) an applicant must comply with the following entry requirements:

    * Attainment of an Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or
    * Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of an applicants potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

    In addition:

    * Admission and registration for a research degree programme may be conditional on satisfactory completion of preliminary study, which may include assessment.
    * In some cases you will also need to have completed a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

    Please note

    * Entry onto many programmes is highly competitive, therefore we consider the skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success of an individual when deciding whether to make an offer.
    * Specific entry requirements are given for each programme. Any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirements. If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated in the online prospectus, please contact the relevant school or department to discuss whether your application would be considered.
    * After we have received your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit us to discuss your application.

    English language requirements

    * IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band;
    * TOEFL IBT 93 with no less than 20 in any band

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 93

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

    The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

    See the University of Birmingham Website for more details on fees and funding. Link here:

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