Doctorate Degrees in Earth Science

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A PhD or doctoral degree can be the key to a rewarding career, a higher salary, and the chance to make a difference in the world. This advanced degree can be earned in about four to six years, depending on how much time a student is able to devote to their education, and it can help individuals gain critical skills that make them a valuable member in the workplace.

What is a PhD in Earth Science? A doctorate in earth science is a degree program that provides students with the necessary knowledge to tackle growing environmental problems such as climate change, environmental sustainability, and natural resources management. In order to earn an earth sciences PhD, students must also have earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in a similar field, and they must write a dissertation or thesis that demonstrates their learning in order to graduate with their doctorate degree.

Individuals with a doctoral degree in earth science graduate with a wealth of knowledge regarding geography, geology, geophysics, soil sciences, and ecology, and they enter the workforce as organized and knowledgeable individuals who can create innovative solutions to the problems facing our world.   

The cost of earning a PhD in Earth Science differs depending on each individual student, the country of study, the specific school, and the length of the academic program. Students who are interested in earning their doctoral degree are encouraged to research their prospective school in order to receive current information regarding the cost of tuition and other possible fees.

Graduates with a doctorate in earth science are prepared to enter the workforce in the world of research, academia, consulting, or engineering. Students may choose to join research teams, environmental consulting firms, governmental organizations, or the academic faculty at institutions of higher learning.

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PhD in Earth and Ecosystem Science

Central Michigan University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

The Earth and Ecosystem Science Ben Heumann and EES Student in the field(EES) doctoral program at Central Michigan University is a newly formed program providing advanced scientific training in interdisciplinary sciences. EES at CMU employs a systems-level approach to evaluate the physical, chemical, geological and biological structure and function of various natural environments. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. The Earth and Ecosystem Science Ben Heumann and EES Student in the field(EES) doctoral program at Central Michigan University is a newly formed program providing advanced scientific training in interdisciplinary sciences. EES at CMU employs a systems-level approach to evaluate the physical, chemical, geological and biological structure and function of various natural environments. In this research-intensive degree program, students develop projects that investigate patterns and processes that regulate environmental variations across a range of temporal and spatial scales. Through core courses and individual research projects, EES students study the dynamics of aquatic and terrestrial systems (modern and ancient, pristine and polluted) in diverse geographic regions, with a particular focus on the interrelations between multiple factors that govern Earth and ecosystem processes. As the EES program is inherently multidisciplinary, students with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physics and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Depending on the major advisor's research focus, projects in EES may explore patterns (biodiversity, reaction, physical architecture), processes (fate, transport, efficiency), regulation (complexity, stability, feedback) and management (sustainability, global change) of ecosystems and key ecosystem components. The EES Ph.D. is designed as a Students taking water samples in Saginaw Bayresearch-intensive program, with a suite of interdisciplinary core courses specific to this program. Electives and courses on specialized topics are available through Biology, Chemistry, Geography and other academic departments. Successful completion of the Ph.D. requires a minimum 60 hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor's degree. After admission to the program, you will meet with your advisor to map out a plan of study, complete a transfer of credits for relevant graduate coursework, and evaluate your academic strengths to determine if additional coursework and/or professional activities are needed. Students will take both required and elective courses to augment research training. The core courses (EES 701, 702 and 703) are designed to provide students of varied backgrounds with universal skill sets and a common understanding of system-level analysis needed to conduct primary research in complex environmental systems. Each student will also complete elective course work as recommended by the faculty advisor and dissertation committee. Typically, students entering with a bachelor's degree will take 12-30 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 12-30 hours of special topics and directed research credits (and students entering with a relevant master's degree will take 3-9 hours of disciplinary elective courses and 3-9 hours of special topics and directed research, or more depending on transfer credits) in addition to the required core courses and the dissertation. Student financial support All students accepted into the EES program are guaranteed four years of financial support (stipend, tuition waiver). Students may be assigned as research assistants or teaching assistants within related departments. [-]

PhD in Meteorology and Climatology

Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Graduate is able to apply gained knowledge in meteorological and climatological basic and applied research and also in a context of similar geo-science branches. He is prepared for creative exerting his skill both in academic posts, in departmental research and in operational service. [+]

Subject entrance examination The subject entrance examination takes the form of a discussion about the chosen study programme and the intended doctoral thesis topic. The committee judges the applicant's interest in the field, motivation, expertise, and overall readiness for doctoral studies. The level of knowledge expected is that required for passing the state final examination of the corresponding master's study programme and branch at Charles University. The applicant must demonstrate his/her insight into the basic areas of science relevant to the chosen thesis topic. The committee also takes into account documents submitted with the application, namely the statement by the proposed advisor, by the head of the proposed training department, recommendation letters, CV, and the letter of motivation. Language entrance examination The language entrance examination verifies that you have an adequate command of the English language, i.e. at least at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Conditions for admission Admission for studies You will be admitted for studies if you have completed a Master degree programme, successfully pass (or get a waiver of) the subject and language entrance examination, and if an advisor in the required study programme is available. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduate is able to apply gained knowledge in meteorological and climatological basic and applied research and also in a context of similar geo-science branches. He is prepared for creative exerting his skill both in academic posts, in departmental research and in operational service. He can be employed in all the institutions and organisations where the object of professional interest is atmosphere and the processes in it and, moreover, in the institutions dealing with the problems of transport and diffusion of any kind of air-pollution together with the problems inferred from that. Besides a wide spectrum of special courses the graduate passed courses from statistics, numerical mathematics, chemistry of the atmosphere or physics and chemistry of aerosols and he is able to use this knowledge also outside the frame of his specialisation. [-]

PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Greece Athens + 3 more

The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. Duration (years): 3 Qualification Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate Degree) Language of Instruction: The research output and the PhD Thesis must be written in English. Mode of Study: Full-time or part-time study Minimum Credits: 90 Minimum ECTS Credits: 180 Profile of the Programme: The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects. The School of Sciences and Engineering of the University of Nicosia is committed to provide PhD candidates with in-depth academic knowledge and hands-on experience on advanced engineering topics such as hydrocarbon geology, liquefied natural gas production, pipeline engineering, flow assurance, fracture mechanics, hydraulic fracturing, enhanced oil & gas recovery, CO2 capture and sequestration, and subsea engineering. The high-caliber academic staff of the programme in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering is dedicated to work closely with students to tackle current engineering problems thereby generating new knowledge and results that can be published in reputable journals and conference proceedings. During their studies, students will have the opportunity to work on funded research projects, co-author papers with their advisors and other class-mates, present their contributions at international conferences, participate in the write-up of research proposals, prepare scientific reports, use simulation software, perform laboratory experiments, attend training schools, participate in workshops, etc. The three-year experience gained during their PhD studies, working primarily on formulating and solving challenging engineering problems, will provide students with the necessary skills, tools and qualifications to excel in their field of expertise and secure a research/academic position at a university or college, a government institute, or high-tech company Career Prospects: Graduates with a PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering will be equipped with the necessary skills in order to enable them to secure a research/academic position at a university or college, a government institute, or high-tech company. Learning Outcomes The PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering, in line with the general philosophy behind the awarding of a doctoral degree, provides student with: highly specialized and advanced scientific knowledge in the field of Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering; optimize existing oil & gas exploration and production techniques; new methodologies and tools tailored towards innovative design, scientific progress, and technological revolution; research skills and analytical thinking to effectively tackle fundamental and applied energy engineering problems; extensive training and professional practice in their primary area of research interest; formulate technological solutions for lowering costs, overcoming technical challenges and minimizing environmental impact associated with oil exploration and extraction; competencies related to substantial authority, innovation, autonomy, scholarly and professional integrity. Holders of the PhD in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering: have a profound understanding of their research topic(s) and demonstrate advanced skills and research capabilities associated with their field(s) of expertise; are able to expand the capabilities of a proven process, extend the lifetime of oil & gas fields, and lower environmental footprint of conventional O&G resources; have the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a process related to hydrocarbon’s upstream, midstream or downstream sectors; have made a notable contribution through original research that extends the frontier of science through the development of a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication; are capable of utilizing their creativity to tap and economically exploit new unconventional oil & gas accumulations in currently inaccessible frontiers; are able to promote technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge based society; are able to work as part of a team in an academic and research environment promoting new ideas and emerging technologies. [-]

PhD in Environmental Studies

Charles University Faculty of Humanities
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. [+]

Currently, there is a consensus that a comprehensive understanding of the planet’s natural system does not suffice. It is necessary to understand the complex interactions between the socio-economic system and the vital planetary systems providing societies with ecosystems and natural services. The Environmental Studies doctoral study program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic of their interdisciplinary nature. The goal of the Environmental Studies doctoral program is the advancement of knowledge which should contribute to the creation of a theoretical base for the strategy of making economic, social and cultural development sustainable, especially from an environmental perspective. The following scientific directions have been defined for the study program: - Socio-economic metabolism. - Natural services. - Relationships between health and environment. - Application of sociological and economic approaches aimed at addressing environmental issues and sustainable development. - Research topics applying environmental economics. - Socially urgent issues of public policy of sustainable development. - Legal aspects of relationships towards the environment. - Environmentally inspired topics from the perspective of philosophy, anthropology and history. - Indicators of the relationship between the environment and human activities. - Education for sustainable development. Students can come up with their own ideas for topics for doctoral training or may use topics provided by supervisors. The objective of the doctoral program Environmental Studies is to provide, in the above mentioned domains, the concept of sustainable development with support in the form of scientifically conducted research. An important aspect of the program is the interdisciplinary character of the defined research domains and the synergies among them. Although it is not the main goal of the study, we assume that the research outputs could be an important source of scientifically validated information for objective, relevant and qualified decision-making on environmental aspects of the economic and social development of the Czech Republic. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Entrance examination includes: - Debate on the proposed topic for thesis. The project must be prepared together with a tutor and contain the proposal of the tutor (name), selected from the list of tutors approved by the Program Council (dissertation project - max. 12 points). - Examination of the knowledge of necessary basics in the natural sciences needed for the study of the environment and examination of knowledge in the social sciences, including economics (max. 4 points). - Examination on English language proficiency (max. 4 points). At the admission exam the applicants will present their proposals for doctoral training, focusing mainly on a) the current state of knowledge on the subject, b) the formulation of the research question/s or hypotheses, c) research methods, d) research timetable, e) possibilities of publication. The proposal may be further refined/elaborated in comparison with the version included within the submitted application, preferably in cooperation with the prospective supervisor who confirms his/her consent with the training of the applicant. Conditions for admission Admission conditions includes: 1. To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by 30.4.2017 at latest, including the following attachments: A brief professional biography; Documents certifying a completed higher-education studies at the masters level (applicants who complete their masters studies after the application deadline have to document the completion of their studies by 30.9.2017 at the latest); Proposal of a topic for doctoral training (description of the thesis topic, goals, methods, a list of most relevant sources, research timetable, explanation of the project relatioship to the environmental research topics). It is supposed, that the student will discuss the theme of the disertation beforehand so that the theme will conform to the research program of the training institution; Other documents worthy of attention (e.g. overview of applicant’s publications to date, proof of scientific practice at home or abroad, proof of English language exam, etc.). 2. Proof of completion of university studies in a master’s degree program. 3. Defence of the project of applicant's thesis (submitted as a part of the study application). 4. English language proficiency. 5. To gain the minimal sum of points specified by the dean. An applicant who will be awarded less than 10 points will not be admitted. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates of the program know the principles and methods of scientific work. Thanks to being trained in the research methodology of at least two subjects, they are capable of relatively greater insight into interdisciplinary-based problems and they are better equipped to resolve them, which we consider an important added value of the Environmental Studies program. The range of expertise of the Environmental Studies doctoral program graduates is determined by the interdisciplinary nature of the studies, which focuses on environmental issues and issues regarding the dynamics of the relationships between the society and natural systems. The basis for the graduates is the specialization they obtained in their undergraduate degrees of studies. This specialization is developed within the doctoral studies in such a way that the graduates eventually: acquire in-depth knowledge of the theoretical bases of the scientific areas, they are applying while writing their doctoral theses, know the broad context of the environmental issues their dissertation is focusing on, develop a deep understanding of the methodology of all scientific areas they are applying while working on their dissertations. This knowledge is considered an essential prerequisite for interdisciplinary dialogue and research. Graduates will be qualified for positions at academic institutions, even at universities abroad. Moreover, graduates are able to take the position of scientists in institutions fully focused on research and development in the broad area of subjects related to the environment and sustainable development, e.g. at various institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Examples of possible research areas include environmental economics, environmental sociology, the research and use of sustainability indicators etc. Furthermore, graduates can seek jobs in research institutions abroad. An extremely important outcome is the ability of graduates to hold decision-making positions in public administration, the business sphere and NGOs, where the work has impact on the environment. As for the public sector, this includes positions in central administrative bodies, especially ministries and their advisory expert or executive offices; positions in public administration at the regional or lower level. Jobs can also be possibly found in administrative bodies of the European Commission, the United Nations, the OECD and other multilateral international organizations. In the business sector graduates can find employment in companies, whose business has a direct impact on the environment. They can also find opportunities in companies and organizations providing expert services directly focused on the environment, such as land planning, planning for Territorial System of Ecological Stability, EIA, SEA, as well as more recently the Sustainability Impact Assessment. If interested, graduates will be able to take a job in the media, where they will be able to competently assess and present information on sustainable development and the environment. [-]

PhD in Metallurgy

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
Campus Full time Part time 4 years Open Enrollment Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The field of study is focused on various kinds of advanced metallic materials like high-strength and thermally resistant light-weight alloys and intermetallics for highly demanding applications, metallic biomaterials for permanent and temporary medical implants, nano-crystalline alloys, highly corrosion resistant materials for power and building industry, historical materials for objects of cultural heritage etc. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. Overview The field of study is focused on various kinds of advanced metallic materials like high-strength and thermally resistant light-weight alloys and intermetallics for highly demanding applications, metallic biomaterials for permanent and temporary medical implants, nano-crystalline alloys, highly corrosion resistant materials for power and building industry, historical materials for objects of cultural heritage etc. In addition, processes of metal recovery from wastes and advanced surface treatment processes of metallic materials improving corrosion resistance, mechanical performance and biocompatibility are studied. During the study and experimental works students obtain fundamental knowledge on the relationships between preparation of materials, their internal structure, mechanical and chemical properties. Kinetics and mechanisms of corrosion reactions, phase transformations, mechanical strengthtening processes, physical phenomena of metallic materials and chemical reactions during waste processing are studied. Students meet advanced experimental methods for preparation of novel materials and surface layers, as well as for complex characterization of their internal structure, mechanical and physical properties, corrosion behavior. Careers The graduates have comprehensive knowledge of metallic materials, metallurgical processes and technologies, corrosion processes and corrosion protection. They find employment in basic and applied research of metallic materials, metallurgy, corrosion, corrosion protection and surface treatment processes at academic institutions, universities, research and technological centres. The graduates can also find employment in materials, metallurgy, power or chemistry oriented industry at higher management positions connected with technology, research and development. Selection of recent theses Aluminium alloys with transition metals and rare earth metals prepared by powder metallurgy Influence of materials parameters on corrosion resistance of steels Fe-Cr in environments with enhanced oxidation ability Corrosion behaviour of titanium alloys for dentistry Properties of metallic biomaterials prepared by powder metallurgical techniques Development of aluminium-based diffusion coatings for application in waste incineration plants and biomass boilers Metallic materials with extremely fine structure: characterization of structure of// magnesium single crystals deformed by equal channel angular pressing Properties of magnesium-based alloys for hydrogen storage Cathodic Passivation of Steel Structure and properties of magnesium alloys based on Mg–Zn–Ca Preparation of electroless Ni-P coatings on light metal alloys [-]

PhD in Inorganic Chemistry

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
Campus Full time Part time 4 years Open Enrollment Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The field of study of Inorganic chemistry is focused on the synthesis of advanced inorganic compounds and materials and studying the relationship between their chemical composition, structure and physico-chemical properties using a variety of instrumental characterization methods and theoretical tools. [+]

Overview The field of study of Inorganic chemistry is focused on the synthesis of advanced inorganic compounds and materials and studying the relationship between their chemical composition, structure and physico-chemical properties using a variety of instrumental characterization methods and theoretical tools. Based on this knowledge it is possible to design synthesis routes targeted on special inorganic materials and coordination compounds with predefined physical, electrochemical, catalytic and biochemical properties. With a focus on structural chemistry, material research and biocoordination chemistry this field of study has an interdisciplinary character ranging from physics and physical chemistry to biochemistry. The acquired knowledge and skills can vary according to the particular thesis topic from preparative and analytical chemistry to quantum chemistry and other theoretical approaches used for the description of molecular or crystalline structure. Careers The graduate will acquire theoretical knowledge and skills in advanced inorganic chemistry, in particular in the description of chemical bonding, thermodynamic stability and electrochemical properties of inorganic substances, which form a basis for many important technical applications such as nanoelectronics or catalysis but also for the role of chemical elements in biochemical systems. Apart form the theoreical knowledge the students are educated to adopt practical skills in structure analysis ans physico-chemical characterization of inorganic materials and coordination compounds. The graduates find the positions in fundamental and applied research focused on advanced inorganic materials, the materials for electronics and photonics in particular. These positions range from universities, research institutes and applied research laboratories in industrial companies, but also higher management positions in goverment, industry, research and development. Selection of recent theses Optically active ytterbium garnets films for waveguiding applications Spectroscopic and electrochemical properties of transition metal complexes and their interpretation using quantum-chemical methods Phase Equilibria in Ca-Co-O and Bi-Sr-Co-O Systems Involving Thermoelectric Mixed Oxides ZnO based dilute magnetic semiconductors - synthesis, characterization and phase relations study in Zn-Mn-O system Study of properties of superconducting materials Semiconductor materials based on nitrides and oxides [-]

PhD in Geology

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2017 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the PhD in Geology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geology. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. The purpose of the PhD in Geology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geology. A PhD in Geology is a pure science based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline of specialisation. The PhD in Geology demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting research data orally and in written form. A thesis on a basic geological or earth science problem under a promoter of the student’s choice; approved by the Departmental Head and the Faculty of Science. General rules of admission, as set out by the Faculty of Science and the University, apply. [-]

PhD in Agriculture

Ehime University
Campus Full time 3 years April 2017 Japan Matsuyama

The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (a 3-year doctoral program), has established a program offering three courses with instruction in English: Bioresource Production Science, Applied Bioresource Science, and Life Environment Conservation Science, which reflect the distinctive strengths of the agriculture faculties of the three participating universities. [+]

The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences (a 3-year doctoral program), has established a program offering three courses with instruction in English: Bioresource Production Science, Applied Bioresource Science, and Life Environment Conservation Science, which reflect the distinctive strengths of the agriculture faculties of the three participating universities. Agriculture is an important field of science not only for maintaining and improving the rich life of humankind, but also for preserving and improving the environment and ecosystem. We are looking for people who are motivated to explore the many possibilities of agricultural sciences. We also offer two special programs: the Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Related Sciences program and the Special Doctoral Course Program in Agricultural Sciences for Students from Asia, Africa and the Pacific Rim. These programs offer agricultural research and study enriched by a global perspective, which is enhanced by the participating international students who concentrate on research related to their specific regions. For details of General Admission and the Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Related Sciences program, please refer to the following URL. http://rendai.agr.ehime-u.ac.jp/english/annai/about.html [-]

PhD in Metal Forming

Siberian Federal University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Russia Krasnoyarsk

Doctoral students do research at the Laboratories of Metal Forming under the supervision of Professor Sergey B. Sidelnikov. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. Doctoral students do research at the Laboratories of Metal Forming under the supervision of Professor Sergey B. Sidelnikov. Their research focuses on developing new technologies and equipment to produce press-products from non-ferrous metals and alloys using combined processing methods. The scientists from the department received over fifty patents and certificates, they published over a hundred research papers and five books. Programme Leader Professor Sidelnikov’s research interests are about developing new technologies and equipment to produce press-products from non-ferrous metals and alloys using combined processing methods. Other research areas Developing science intensive technologies to produce precious metals and alloys (supervisor: Professor Nikolai Dovzhenko); Producing electro conductive materials with high wear resistance from powders, shavings from non-ferrous metals and alloys (supervisor: Dr Nikolai Zagirov); creating production lines to implement low-waste production technology of continuous extrusion (supervisor: Professor Yuriy Gorokhov). Entry requirements: Master’s degree in Metallurgy (transcript of records), an adequate level of English proficiency (certificate or other document) Apply to The Centre for International Education and Certified Testing for a certificate if you do not have it, the Russian language preparatory course is available. Accommodation: On-campus accommodation is available: single ensuite room 45 € per month, twin ensuite room 30 € per month. Practicalities: Airport transfer, invitation letter for a Russian study visa and an optional survival course of Russian as a foreign language are provided by the University. Curriculum BASIC COURSES Features of flow and change of strength properties of metals during plastic deformation 2 (72) Plastic deformation of metals in combined processes of casting and metal forming 3 (108) Contact friction and deformation conditions without destroying the metal in the process of metal forming 2 (72) ELECTIVES Processing of experimental data 3 (108) Methodology of PhD Thesis Preparation 3 (108) Academic English 3 (108) Basic English 3 (108) Russian (fee will apply) 3 (108) [-]

PhD in Forestry

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. [+]

In our PhD program, you’ll be mentored by faculty who share your passion for the environment and who conduct ground-breaking research you can participate in. You’ll be prepared for public or private resource management or a related career in research and education. Our particular focus is on the problems and opportunities associated with the integrated management of forest ecosystems. You’ll benefit from close interaction with practicing professionals and the involved supervision of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members. You’ll be within twenty miles of forest types ranging from canyon hardwoods and pinyon-juniper to spruce and fir. Our location within the nation’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest provides convenient access to lands managed by: the US Forest Service the Bureau of Land Management the National Park Service Native American tribal organizations To enhance these plans, we maintain well-equipped ecological and computer laboratories, a small full-time staff of research professionals, and our nearby Centennial Forest. Also on campus in Flagstaff is a research unit of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the Colorado Plateau Research Station, which is a unit of the U.S. Geological Survey. You will be offered three PhD emphasis areas: Ecosystem Science Forest Management Sciences and Economics Forest Social Science What will I do in the program? coursework written and oral exams preparation and defense of a dissertation PhD students are expected to demonstrate: skill in the generation of original ideas considerable command of the literature skill at designing, analyzing, and interpreting research skill in scientific writing, including the publication of research results in major professionally refereed journals basic skills in teaching Admissions requirements GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work GRE scores in the top 40th percentile If English is not your native language: a score of at least 80 on the internet-based TOEFL or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL A faculty member has agreed to serve as your major professor: Read about faculty research interests on our Forestry Faculty Page to identify faculty whose interests match yours Then e-mail, write, or phone individual faculty members about opportunities to work with them Late applications Applications received after the deadline will only be considered after full consideration of completed applications received by the deadline. [-]

PhD in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engineers addressing issues of climate change, water scarcity, natural resource demand, and environmental sustainability in the Southwest, United States, and the global community. You have a choice of three emphases: Earth and Planetary Systems Climate and Environmental Change Engineering Sustainable Systems Admissions Admissions requirements for this graduate program: Preference is given to students with a graduate degree from an accredited college or university of recognized standing in geology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, environmental policy & sustainability, engineering, ecology, forestry, planetary sciences or a closely related field. Minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is a 4.0 = A) GRE General Test Emphases Our program will reach across the applied and basic sciences and environmental policy and engineering solutions by focusing on three emphases, outlined below. Earth and Planetary Systems This emphasis will prepare you to pursue research and educational opportunities that: 1) Advance knowledge in the critical areas for society of energy, natural resources and water, and natural hazards, 2) continue the cutting edge research currently being done on the Earth and Planets, and 3) apply this knowledge in areas that bridge between the geosciences and physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology. The focus area in Earth and Planetary Systems will train and educate future leaders in areas of industry with growing demands (e.g., natural resources and energy), and in government agencies that require PhD-level researchers to inform policy decisions on some of the largest problems facing society. Climate and Environmental Change The Climate and Environmental Change emphasis is designed to develop research and educational skills that: 1) advance new understandings of the natural climate variability, 2) improve projections of climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and their hydrological and geological underpinnings (i.e. the landscape), and 3) apply this knowledge to informing policy decisions about how best to manage natural resources under changing climate and related environmental stresses. It combines the long-term perspective from geological archives with process-oriented investigations of today, with the goal of integrating a field-based understanding of natural systems into predictive models to support sustainable resource management in the face of climate change. Engineering Sustainable Systems The goals of this emphasis are to develop research and educational skills that: 1) advance engineering analysis and applications relevant to sustainable development, 2) improve the efficiency and effectiveness of engineering processes, products, and education, and 3) understand and apply their knowledge in the sustainability contexts of economic viability, environmental compatibility and sustainability, societal impacts and policy development and implications. The Engineering Sustainable Systems emphasis is designed for the engineer interested in an understanding of the economic, societal and environmental implications of engineering systems. You will have a strong background in engineering enhanced by understanding future sustainability of our environment, and will be prepared for careers in academia, industry, and governmental organizations. [-]

PhD in Astronomy

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students. [+]

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University (NAU) will launch a new PhD program in Astronomy and Planetary Science in the Fall of 2016. The Department is now recruiting new faculty members and PhD students. Current and Future Faculty Expertise Current faculty members use ground-based and space-based telescopes to study small bodies in the Solar System and the formation and evolution of other planetary systems; spacecraft imagery to study planetary surfaces; and a state-of-the-art laboratory to study astrophysical ice analogs. NAU faculty members have close research collaborations with scientists at local institutions including Lowell Observatory, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center, and the United States Naval Observatory. In the next few years, the Department will hire tenure-track faculty members with expertise in exoplanet science, astro-chemistry, astro-informatics, astronomical instrumentation, and observational astronomy specializing in Solar System objects, exoplanets, or related topics. Superb Access To Large Telescopes Faculty members and their PhD students have full competitive access to facilities run by the University of Arizona including the 2 x 8.4-meter Large Binocular Telescope, 6.5-meter Magellan Telescopes, 6.5-meter MMT telescope, 2.3-meter Bok telescope 1.8-meter Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, and the 1.5-meter Kuiper Telescope. NAU researches have access to the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope, 1.8 Perkins telescope, and 0.8-meter NURO telescope through partnerships with Lowell Observatory. Faculty and students also have access to the 0.5-meter Lutz telescope on the NAU campus. Curriculum PhD students in the program will build skills and knowledge through formal class work and an original research project. Students will take ten core classes during their first two years in the program. Five of the core classes will focus on the development of essential skills PhD astronomers and planetary scientists need upon entering the workforce in an academic or industrial setting (instrument design and fabrication, optical design, computational physics, big data, and techniques of observational astronomy). Five classes will focus on advanced topics in astronomy and planetary science that students need for a solid foundation upon which to build their own postdoctoral research (formation and evolution of solar systems, atmospheres, interiors, and surfaces of planetary bodies, astro-chemistry, exoplanet science, and special topics). Students will perform their own original research, write a dissertation, and make an oral, public presentation of their results. In the original research component, students will learn how to collect and analyze data, write up their results, and communicate their results to others in a manner consistent with professional standards in the astronomical and planetary science communities. Financial Support All students in the program will receive full-tuition waivers, a stipend as either a graduate teaching assistant or a graduate research assistant, and health insurance. Generally, students will be supported as teaching assistants in introductory physics and/or astronomy labs during their first two years as then as research assistants after advancing to PhD candidacy. Campus Northern Arizona University is a 26,000-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 67,000 at an elevation of 7,000 ft at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. Opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding abound. Admission Requirements and Procedure To be considered for admission, students must complete and submit the online application form at the Graduate College Admissions website and click on the Apply Now link. Please follow the directions and submit all materials online. Be sure to select Doctoral Degree and Astronomy and Planetary Science. Your online application must include: A statement of interest describing why you are applying to NAU as well as your professional interests and goals; A scientific/technical writing sample such as a senior thesis, MS thesis, major class paper or professional report demonstrating your analytical and writing skills; Three letters of recommendation of which two should be from faculty members. Scores from the general GRE are required; the Physics GRE is recommended. All materials should be submitted through the online application site. Please note that this program does not appear in the current (2015-2016) academic catalog. But if you start an application to the Graduate Colleqe, it will appear as an option. Successful applicants will usually have a bachelor's or Master's degree in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, or a related field with a 3.0 GPA or above. Evaluation of applications for Fall admission will begin after January 15 of that year. Financial aid awards in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships will be selected in April. [-]

Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Planetary Science

Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST)
Campus Full time 6 years November 2017 Macau

The establishment of Space Science Institute (SSI) in Macau University of Science and Technology is based on the research background of the university and is adapted to the space exploration research that has been developed very fast in the world in recent years. The objectives of SSI are the innovative research on lunar and planetary science as well as the popularization of the research achievements to the Macao society. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. Recently, the research of SSI will focus on the following topics: research on Lunar exploration, research on Mars and other planetary exploration and research on near earth asteroids. There are a few of full time research staffs in this Institute. The faculty members in Faculty of Information Technology and General Studied in MUST will join the research as well. Supported by STDF in Macao, we have already finished 3 projects in the past years. They are: 1. Pre-study of the Effective Load of gamma/X Ray Spectrometer for Moon Exploration. 2. The processing, analysis, application and research on the exploration data of Chang’e-1. 3. Research on instrument to detect the minor water on the lunar surface and the methods to analyze nuclear spectrum. In the mean time, there are three ongoing projects in SSI, all these projects are supported by STDF in Macao. 1. Astronomical observations and space exploration of solar system small bodies. 2. Retrieving the compositions of the Lunar surface with Chang’E-1 IIM data. 3. Research on digital Lunar Topography, component analysis and space plasma environment near the moon based on Chang’e-2 Exploration data. [-]

PhD in Hydrological and Oceanic Sciences

National Central University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

Founded in 2001, the Institute of Hydrological Sciences (IHS) provides opportunities in research and education in three major areas: global hydrological cycles, hydrosphere environmental sciences, and information-technology based hydro-hazard mitigation. [+]

Founded in 2001, the Institute of Hydrological Sciences (IHS) provides opportunities in research and education in three major areas: global hydrological cycles, hydrosphere environmental sciences, and information-technology based hydro-hazard mitigation. Through analysis, observation, and multi-scale modeling, the IHS seeks to investigate various processes and phenomena crucial to the environmental sustainability pertaining to the hydrological cycle, including climate change, land-ocean-atmosphere interactions, precipitation processes, surface/subsurface hydrology, coastal ocean processes and aquatic biogeochemistry. IHS welcomes domestic as well as international collaboration, which is much needed for attacking research topics of regional to global scale. Currently, IHS has seven full-time faculty members with diverse but solid backgrounds and offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Fundamental Courses: Aquatic Chemistry, Fluid Dynamics, Applied Mathematics Methods, Land Hydrological Processes, Atmospheric and Oceanic Processes Advance Courses Air-sea Interaction, Special topics on ocean turbulence, Special Topic on Coastal Environments Scientific Computing, Advance Fluid Mechanics, Ocean Wave Dynamics Requirements for Graduation Required credits : 18 credits (NOT including Seminar & Journal Study) Duration of Study : 2~7 years Other requirements : Pass doctoral candidacy qualification examination within 2-5 years. Journal Review Elective Courses Public at least one paper in internationally recognized journals. Pass an oral defense of dissertation. Research Facilities & Lab Tsunami Science Research Group Surface Hydrology Research Group Environmental Fluid Dynamics Observing Research Group Biogeochemical Research Group Marine Physical Observation Research Group Multiphase Flow in Porous Media Research Group Admission Documents Autobiography Research Proposal Two Letters of Recommendation TOEFL or Other Evidence of English Proficiency [-]

PhD in Atmospheric Physics

National Central University
Campus Full time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

The Institute of Atmospheric Physics is responsible for the graduate programs in atmospheric sciences. The Institute has both the master and the Ph.D. programs. Students in each program are enrolled separately through entrance exam of master or Ph.D. programs. [+]

PhDs in Earth Science. The Institute of Atmospheric Physics is responsible for the graduate programs in atmospheric sciences. The Institute has both the master and the Ph.D. programs. Students in each program are enrolled separately through entrance exam of master or Ph.D. programs. For students studying toward the master degree, the goal of the Institute is to build up their research ability and to equip them with advanced knowledge and research tools in atmospheric sciences. Therefore, they are required to take at least 24 credits of advanced courses in atmospheric sciences. Furthermore, each student must complete, under the supervision of one of the institute’s faculty members, a master thesis in his/her special field. As for students toward the Ph.D. degree, developing their independent research ability is of primary concern. Therefore, Ph.D. students are only required to take 18 credits of courses but are required to, under the supervision of one or several Institute’s faculty members, conduct an original research in their interested fields. Theoretical Courses Climate Dynamics Objective Data Analysis Atmospheric Convection Planetary Boundary Layer Advanced Applied Math Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics Applied Courses Radar Meteorology Atmospheric Radiation Mesoscale Meteorology Air Pollution Meteorology Numerical Simulations Requirements for Graduation Required credits : 24 credits (4 credits for seminars) Duration of Study : 2~7 years Other requirements : Pass written and oral qualify exam; Publish at least one paper in SCI journals, and need to be either first or corresponding author Research Facilities & Lab Mesoscale Simulation Lab Synoptic –Dynamics Lab Climate Dynamics and Simulation Lab Climate/ Monsoon Lab Radar Meteorology Lab Meteorological Satellite Lab Admission Documents Autobiography Study Plan Research Proposal Two Letters of Recommendation TOEFL or Other Evidence of English Proficiency Evidence of Chinese Proficiency Related Academic Publications [-]