Why choose this programme
Established in 1992, the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) has gained an outstanding international reputation for multi-disciplinary research and teaching in all aspects of sustainability. Some examples of our major contributions include: life cycle assessment and environmental impact analysis; industrial ecology and the circular economy; techno-economic analysis; the water, energy and food nexus; bioenergy and biorefineries; low carbon transitions; lifestyles and behaviours; prosperity without growth; environmental and energy policy.
We champion two of the University’s main research themes, sustainability and urban living, and we are also home to the prestigious Economic and Social Research Council-funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), led by Professor Tim Jackson. We collaborate with staff across the University on a huge range of sustainability-related projects, giving you an excellent opportunity to learn from and contribute to this vital area of human development.
What you will study
It normally takes three or four years of full-time study to complete our PhD programme, or about twice as long part-time. By the end of the Environment and Sustainability programme of the University of Surrey, you’ll be an independent researcher with expert knowledge on the technical, economic, social and policy aspects of environment and sustainability.
You’ll have the opportunity to work across the full breadth and depth of theoretical and applied approaches to sustainability. Many of our postgraduate researchers are working on projects with local and multi-national businesses, with policy makers, and with international bodies, such as the United Nations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the World Health Organisation and others.
You’ll be assigned at least two supervisors, who’ll guide you through your PhD. Your supervisors will meet with your regularly and monitor your progress, and they’ll make sure you have the support you need throughout your programme.
In addition, you’ll attend a small number of mandatory training courses to ensure you have exposure to the rich diversity of research and data gathering methodologies, and to understand how to apply the necessary data analysis techniques relevant to solving the problem you will have settled to address. As part of this, you’ll also co-design an individual researcher development programme with your supervisor. This will include several relevant masters-level taught modules in CES or other departments (covering both research skills and subject-based material), as well as training in research budgeting, seminar and conference presentation skills, and research publishing. You’ll also take a number of voluntary training and transferable skills courses provided by the University’s Doctoral College.
Programme StructureResearch themes
- Sustainable development policies and practices
- Energy, water, food nexus
- Behaviour change
- Waste systems
- Sustainable transportation
- Built environment
- 48 months
- 96 months
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DisciplinesSustainable Development Environmental Economics & Policy Environmental Management View 17 other PhDs in Environmental Management in United Kingdom
- Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).
- IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.
International22700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22700 GBP per year during 48 months.
National4500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 48 months.
Part time fees
- UK: £2,250
- Overseas: £11,400
Living costs for Guildford
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