Why choose this programme
The Sustainability programme at the University of Surrey is aimed at high-achieving researchers and graduates whose vision is to become a sustainability leader in industry. You’ll receive in-depth industry experience with a bespoke taught programme of advanced technical and specialised business modules.
The Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability PhD/EngD falls within the world-leading Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), internationally recognised for multi-disciplinary research and teaching across all areas of sustainability. Collaborative research is carried out across the University, giving you an excellent opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, this vital domain of human development.
What you will study
This unique programme offers you the opportunity to pursue your research studies at doctoral level and take a role in industry, applying your knowledge in the ‘real world’. You’ll further your research knowledge in the academic field of sustainability and apply this to a real challenge, spending the majority of your time within an external partner organisation.
You’ll be based at the University for the first 12 weeks of the programme. Here you’ll undertake a series of sustainability modules and personal development workshops, which will equip you for your time in industry. You’ll then move to your industry premises where you’ll integrate into the company, making your applied research relevant to the company and potentially the wider sector.
You’ll have two academic supervisors, one from CES and one from another relevant University department. You’ll also have an industry supervisor, who’ll work alongside you on a day-to-day basis. The academic role of the supervisors is to guide and help train you in becoming an independent researcher whose thesis and associated publications and conference presentations make a contribution to academic and practical knowledge. You’ll closely collaborate with your supervisors, who’ll monitor your research progress at monthly and formal appraisal points.
The programme is assessed by formal progress reports at six-monthly intervals, a confirmation report, a viva, and by submission and oral examination of a final thesis by independent external and internal examiners.
Programme StructureResearch themes
- Sustainable development policies and practices
- Energy, water, food nexus
- Behaviour change
- Waste systems
- Sustainable transportation
- Built environment
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
DisciplinesSustainable Development Environmental Economics & Policy Environmental Sciences View 13 other PhDs in Sustainable Development 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 component.
International23400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23400 GBP per year during 36 months.
NationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 36 months.
- UK: to be confirmed
Living costs for Guildford
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