Why choose this course
The University of Surrey has been leading the way in environmental and sustainability research for over 25 years. From investigating people’s attitudes to the environment to exploring the opportunities for solar power mini-grids in sub-Saharan Africa, our environment and sustainability researchers are taking innovative approaches for a more prosperous, equitable, safe and secure future.
Since we were established in 1992, the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) at the University of the Surrey 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 of Surrey’s main research themes, sustainability and urban living, and 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 your programme, you’ll have become an independent researcher with expert knowledge on the technical, economic, social and policy aspects of environment and sustainability.
Programme StructureResearch themes
- Sustainable development policies and practices
- Energy, water, food nexus
- Behaviour change
- Waste systems
- Sustainable transportation
- Built environment
- Social research on sustainability
- Lifestyles and resource consumption
- Resource consumption and land use
- Sustainable systems: design and modelling
- Life cycle assessment, including social LCA and Life Cycle Costing
- Carbon and water footprinting
- Low carbon energy supply
- Energy demand and efficiency
- Policy and strategy: for governments and businesses
- International development and sustainability.
- 48 months
- 96 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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DisciplinesEnvironmental Economics & Policy Environmental Management View 6 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).
International21400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21400 GBP per year during 48 months.
EU/EEA4327 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4327 GBP per year during 48 months.
Part time fees
Living costs for Guildford
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