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Analytical & Environmental Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
Research within the Analytical & Environmental Science is recognised in the fields of toxicology, forensic science and atmospheric science. Chemistry is fundamental to all three activities and particular strengths exist in development of separation science and mass spectrometry towards the development of novel analytical methods.
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Specific examples of Divisional research include improvements to aid detection of drug-facilitated sexual assaults, the use of nanoparticles for forensic purposes, the fate and effects of xenobiotics in the environment, toxicology of ambient particulate matter, defining mechanisms of environmental carcinogenesis and unraveling toxicogenomic fingerprints via a model organism approach.

The Drug Control Centre in the Division is the UK World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory and played a key role in the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic and the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games in 2014 anti-doping screening programme. Environmental science activity across the Division focuses on air, water and soil quality and includes monitoring, modelling and toxicology research. Atmospheric science research is undertaken within the Environmental Research Group, which is part of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environmental Health and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Health Impact of Environmental Hazards.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Programme structure:
  • Work is usually laboratory-based but we also offer data analysis projects. The Division has excellent facilities for molecular biology, cell culture, confocal microscopy, radioisotope, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, DNA sequencing and oligonucleotide synthesis.
  • Central facilities available to staff & students within the division include state-of-the-art library and IT facilities, with an extensive collection of books, journals and electronic databases available to all students.
  • Each PhD student is provided with deskspace and computer access. The Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine has strict procedures in place to ensure adherence to good laboratory practice, overseen by the Faculty Safety Manager.
  • These assessments (and the associated working procedures) are kept under review and modified as necessary. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a biomedical science, medicine or dentistry (or overseas equivalent). Relevant experience may also be acceptable.
  • A 2:2 degree may be considered if the applicant also has a Master's degree with a merit or distinction.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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