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 2017
  • 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 2017
  • 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 an exceptional opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world.

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University of Birmingham

PhD Occupational and Environmental Medicine / MSc By Research
  • Any time
  • EEA £ 4,121 per year
  • International £ 13,195
  • 36 months

The Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine from University of Birmingham is a World Health Organization Collaboration Centre in Occupational Health and has links with scientists in many countries. Research is divided into two overlapping and complementary areas: environment-oriented areas, which follow the tradition of preventive medicine with a focus on causal determinants; and outcome-oriented areas, which are based on clinical medicine and epidemiology.

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Near East University

PhD Environmental Education and Management (Doctorate Program)
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 800 per module
  • International € 800 per module
  • 12 months

These programs, teaching of nature and the environment to be configured according to the real world again and is intended to establish a link between the community classes. And investigated the sensitivity of the information system based on active learning for students thinking about the purpose of higher education programs, aimed to increase the efficiency of problem-solving and decision-making.

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University of Geneva

PhD Earth Sciences
  • Any time
  • EEA € 460 per semester
  • International € 460 per semester
  • 60 months

The Faculty of Science offers the title Doctor of Science, with specialisation in Earth Science. The Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences provides the possibility of completing a Doctoral Degree either entirely within one of its member departments, or as a combination between departments.

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University of Nova Gorica

PhD Karstology (Third Level)
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 4,000 per year
  • International € 4,000 per year
  • 36 months

The programme is entirely carried out at Postojna at the Karst Research Institute, Scientific Research CentreSAZU (Ljubljana) which is one of the founders of the University in Nova Gorica. The experts, employed at the Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU, foreign professors and lecturers from other Slovene scientific and educational institutions take an active part in the study programme.

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CEA/INSTN

PhD Bio-geochemistry
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • 36 months

As a part of the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission), the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) is a higher education institution under the joint supervision of the Ministries in charge of higher Education and Industry.

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Stanford University

PhD Geophysics
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • Not specified

Objectives—The Ph.D. degree is conferred upon evidence of high attainment in Geophysics and ability to conduct an independent investigation and present the results of such research.

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Newcastle University

PhD Civil Engineering (Water Resources)
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Sep 2017
  • Not specified
  • 36 months

PhD supervision is normally available in the following research areas: Flow and transport processes in surface and subsurface systems including river mechanics and contaminant and sediment transport; planning and control of hydraulic networks; sustainable management of the water environment (including urban, rural agricultural and forestry environments); climate change impact assessment (including flood risk); environmental hazard assessment and mitigation (including landslide hazard); integrated surface and groundwater pollution controls; integrated assessment of coupled natural, technological and human systems.

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