48 months
12590 USD/year
12590 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Based at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, the Environmental Sciences PhD programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Upon successful completion, you will receive a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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Students in this Environmental Science s programme at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University are formally registered with the University of Liverpool as off-site postgraduate research students. You will carry out research at XJTLU under supervision. As a PhD student, you will have a designated principal supervisor at XJTLU who is a full-time academic staff member. In addition, you will have a designated co- supervisor based at the University of Liverpool.

Pursuing a full-time PhD normally involves three years of conducting research and one year of writing a thesis, supported by skills training and development. A full-time PhD student must submit the thesis within four years; a part-time PhD student within six years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you may apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to six months. XJTLU and the University of Liverpool would cover your accommodation and travel costs. In addition, XJTLU provides every registered PhD student with up to 16,500 RMBover the course of study at XJTLU for expenses related to attending academic conferences. The purpose of this fund is to support your academic experience, encourage the dissemination of research, and enhance XJTLU’s research profile domestically and internationally.

The key benefits of earning a PhD from XJTLU include:

  • Receipt of a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Guidance from supervisors you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • Travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to six months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Programme Structure

We welcome proposals from students interested in relevant areas of expertise, including:

  • Biodiversity: mechanisms, human influences
  • Landscape changes: urbanisation, rural farming
  • Community ecology: species interactions, trophic dynamics
  • Soil nutrients and pollution: interactions and bioavailability
  • Air pollution: aerosol processes, air quality, human health
  • Soils to plants: nutrition/heavy metals, human health
  • Pollutants across interfaces: soil/water/air/biota/humans.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UK first or 2:1 class Bachelor degree with Honours
  • Or UK Pass with Merit Master degree (or its equivalent) in an appropriate field of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12590 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    12590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12590 USD per year during 48 months.

FT: RMB 80,000 per year

PT: RMB 60,000 per year

Living costs for Suzhou

3000 - 5500 CNY /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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