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Environment and Sustainability, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #267 (QS) Guildford, United Kingdom
At the Environment and Sustainability programme from University of Surrey, you’ll have the opportunity to work across the full breadth and depth of theoretical and applied approaches to sustainability, ultimately helping you to lead thinking in their respective fields
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Overview

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research 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.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    58

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

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

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).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21400 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Part time fees

EU/EEA £2,163.50

NON-EU/EEA £10,700

Living costs for Guildford

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.

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