PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Environmental studies cover a wide interdisciplinary area, which investigates how the natural world works and how humans interact with it. Bachelors and Masters in Environmental Studies approach environmental issues such as pollution, global climate change and depletion of natural resources. Environmental sciences try to find sustainable ways to maintain or improve the integrity of the natural environment.

Earth sciences deal with the study of our planet, its material structure, atmosphere and physical characteristics. Specialised fields of the discipline include geology, meteorology, oceanography and even astronomy.

Both environmental studies and earth sciences integrate knowledge of physics and biochemistry to study environmental systems, study the history of earth and its constant changes, and try to find solutions for pressing environmental issues. Sub-disciplines of environmental studies and earth sciences include toxicology, biodiversity and conservation, soil science and environmental management. Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment. Environmental and earth scientists perform experiments and take accurate measurements related to how the earth's characteristics and environmental issues evolve and change. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, weather changes, natural hazard prediction, alternative energy systems research, natural resource management and more.

Graduates find work in government agencies, non-profit organisations or environmental consulting agencies. Careers in the field range from hydrologist, geographer or seismologist, to environmental compliance inspector, climate change analyst and emergency management specialist.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering PhD Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering
  • Sep 2016
  • International € 13,500 per year
  • EEA € 13,500 per year
  • 36 months

The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects.

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Environmental Sciences and Policy PhD Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The Environmental Sciences and Policy Doctoral Program at Central European University (CEU) provides a unique opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world.

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Instituto Superior Técnico

PhD Earth Resources
  • Sep 2016
  • Not specified
  • 12 months

The PhD programme in Earth Resources aims at promoting and intensifying scientific knowledge in the scientific areas of Geosciences (Mineralogy and Geology; Geochemistry and Pedology and Hydrogeology), Geo-engineering (Geotechnics; Mine and Quarry Exploration and Geophysics Prospecting and Surveying) and Natural Resources and Environment (Geo-systems and Geomatics; Planning and Management of Natural Resources and Environmental Systems and Valorisation of Mineral Raw Materials and Solid Waste).

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University of Essex

PhD Marine Biology
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Oct 2016
  • International £ 14,950 per year
  • EEA £ 4,120 per year
  • 36 months

We offer supervision in all areas of staff expertise in marine biology. We have excellent facilities for marine and freshwater studies both in the laboratory and in the field as extensive marine and estuarine habitats of national and international ecological importance are located within a short distance of our Colchester Campus.

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Instituto Superior Técnico

PhD River Restoration and Management
  • Sep 2016
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

The Doctoral Degree on River Restoration and Management offered by Instituto Superior Técnico aims the development and the application of scientific knowledge of environmental sciences, ecology, engineering and urbanism to management and restoration of the fluvial ecological quality, at different spatial scales, from the microhabitat to the river reaches and the drainage area, thus contributing to the sustainable development of human societies and the conservation of natural resources.

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ISEG - Lisboa School of Economics and Management

Ph. D. Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia
  • Any time
  • EEA € 2,750 per year
  • International € 2,750 per year
  • Not specified

O modelo de formação integrada em engenharia e economia, oferecido por uma joint venture entre o Instituto Superior Técnico e o Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, distingue-se pela estimulação da formação de estudantes no sentido de criar novos líderes capazes de desenvolver e implementar estratégias inovadoras em situações reais de desenvolvimento de Sistemas Sustentáveis de Energia.O currículo do Programa Doutoral em SSE possibilita estas vantagens competitivas através de actividades curriculares e investigação rigorosas, delineadas por um corpo docente de nível internacional, incluindo a participação do Massachussets Institute of Technology, no âmbito do Programa MIT-Portugal, bem como pela introdução de métodos de aprendizagem inovadores.

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University of Essex

PhD Environmental Governance
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Oct 2016
  • International £ 14,950 per year
  • EEA £ 4,120 per year
  • 36 months

Environmental Governance, University of Essex - Supervision is offered to allow you to undertake broad, innovative interdisciplinary research across two or more of our University departments with particular emphasis placed on global challenges such as growing populations, changing consumption patterns, depleted natural resources and climate change.

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