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11 PhD Programs in Ecology

Students enrolled in doctorate programs on a fulltime basis usually earn their PhD within three years. Depending on the students’ qualifications, they may be required to pass advanced competency exams or take prerequisite courses prior to admission. What is a PhD in Ecology? Scholars in this discipline are usually concerned with the balance of the world’s ecosystems and how humans inte… Read more

Students enrolled in doctorate programs on a fulltime basis usually earn their PhD within three years. Depending on the students’ qualifications, they may be required to pass advanced competency exams or take prerequisite courses prior to admission.

What is a PhD in Ecology? Scholars in this discipline are usually concerned with the balance of the world’s ecosystems and how humans interact with the natural environment, both historically and presently. These degrees are often accompanied by a heavy focus on biology and biodiversity, though some programs may emphasize environmental, meteorological, or genomic sciences instead. Among potential research tracks, conservation is often the most widely available area where students can work on solving real-world ecological problems and help sustain endangered plant and animal populations alongside urban developers.

Graduates with a PhD in Ecology are often highly skilled individuals who can expertly conduct ecological research. Other skills include the ability to identify threats to vulnerable wildlife as well as the capacity to carry out professional-grade ecological surveys. Students can use these skills to live sustainable lifestyles and enter exciting careers in biology and ecology.

PhDs are almost always research-based degrees, and thus even those pursuing the same degree may have a radically different experience and fee schedule. The bursar and admissions offices of prospective schools can often provide students with individualized quotes to assist with budgeting.

Ecological research and professorship are popular positions that may be available to those who hold this degree. When working outside of research, many students go on to careers such as field or wildlife biologists, foresters, environmental consultants, zoo managers or keepers, biological technicians, and wetland specialists. Opportunities are available publicly and privately, and many scientists can find employment with government agencies seeking to improve or implement sustainability around the world.

Completing a PhD in Ecology entails heavy field work for most students and thus many of the programs offering this degree require at least partial in-person attendance. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Ph.D. in Geoecology program in geoecology includes research for solving environmental problems.

The Ph.D. in Geoecology program in geoecology includes research for solving environmental problems. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English, Russian
01 Oct 2023
01 Aug 2023
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Interdisciplinary scholars wishing to engage in a rigorous study of ecology and religion study with faculty renowned for their cutting edge approaches. Students will investiga ... +

Interdisciplinary scholars wishing to engage in a rigorous study of ecology and religion study with faculty renowned for their cutting edge approaches. Students will investigate the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religions in understanding and responding to global challenges. Doctoral students in our program develop advanced research, writing, and inquiry skills to prepare them for roles in higher education and public sector leadership. -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Sopron
Sopron, Hungary

The Doctoral School has eight PhD programmes which encompass all the branches and interfaces of forestry and wildlife management sciences. Education and research at the Doctor ... +

The Doctoral School has eight PhD programmes which encompass all the branches and interfaces of forestry and wildlife management sciences. Education and research at the Doctoral School are pursued in the basic and applied sciences, related to forests, wildlife, and nature. The knowledge and the degree gained at the Doctoral School are a good reference when applying for leading positions in higher education institutions, research institutes, forestry, wildlife management and conservation. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
English
Sep 2023
20 May 2023
Campus
 

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Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

Academic research for this program must provide a comprehensive study of ecology and environmental science.

Academic research for this program must provide a comprehensive study of ecology and environmental science. -
PhD
Full-time
18 months
English
Aug 2023
Online
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic

At present, there is a consensus that just having a comprehensive understanding of the planet’s natural system does not suffice. It is necessary to understand the complex inte ... +

At present, there is a consensus that just having 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 which provide society with the ecosystem and natural services. The Social Ecology doctoral program contributes to the development of the environmental approaches characteristic in their interdisciplinary nature. The goal of the program is the advancement of knowledge, which should contribute to the creation of a theoretical base from within the strategy of making economic, social, and cultural development sustainable, especially from an environmental perspective. Students can come up with their own ideas for topics for their Ph.D. thesis or may use topics provided by supervisors. The objective of the Ph.D. Social Ecology is to provide, as in the above-mentioned domains, the concept of sustainable development with the support of scientifically conducted research. An important aspect of the program is the interdisciplinary character of the stated research domains and the synergies among them. Although it is not the main goal of the course, we hope that the research outputs be an important source of scientifically valid information for objective, relevant and qualified decision-making on environmental aspects, of the economic and social development of the Czech Republic. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Our Ph.D. program in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (EES) equips students with skills and training in the basic and applied sciences with the objectives of improving socie ... +

Our Ph.D. program in Ecology and Environmental Sciences (EES) equips students with skills and training in the basic and applied sciences with the objectives of improving society’s understanding of environmental problems and helping manage, mitigate, and avoid those problems. The program in environmental science is a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences
South Kingstown, USA

The world’s coastal regions have become trendy places to live and visit. Our coasts and oceans are also immensely important ecologically and economically. Our coasts and ocean ... +

The world’s coastal regions have become trendy places to live and visit. Our coasts and oceans are also immensely important ecologically and economically. Our coasts and oceans, however, are particularly vulnerable to overuse and climate changes. -
PhD
English
Campus
 
Desert Research Institute
Reno, USA +1 More

The University's Environmental Sciences Ph.D. is a research-focused, multidisciplinary degree track with more than 35 participating faculty members from 14 departments across ... +

The University's Environmental Sciences Ph.D. is a research-focused, multidisciplinary degree track with more than 35 participating faculty members from 14 departments across four institutions. The program encourages students to adapt to the course of study to their academic interests. Successful students will practice applied science that addresses real-world problems. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University Fernando Pessoa
Porto, Portugal

The Doctoral Programme is related to the course’s teaching staff’s national and international research projects that have resulted in a considerable number of scientific artic ... +

The Doctoral Programme is related to the course’s teaching staff’s national and international research projects that have resulted in a considerable number of scientific articles. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
University College of Southeast Norway
Rauland, Norway +6 More

We do research on evolutionary processes in relation to the genetic structure and selection and human issues related to environmental impacts.

We do research on evolutionary processes in relation to the genetic structure and selection and human issues related to environmental impacts. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus