6 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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California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Our program aims to help students cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the contemporary ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Science
Prague, Czech Republic

The post-graduate study subject "Physical Geography" links up with the magister study subject of the same name. In its specializations, the post-graduate study subject covers ... +

The post-graduate study subject "Physical Geography" links up with the magister study subject of the same name. In its specializations, the post-graduate study subject covers the whole spectrum of physical geography: a) It develops individual basic scientific disciplines studying partial subsystems of the landscape sphere: Geomorphology and Palaeogeography of the Quaternary, Climatology, and Meteorology, Hydrology, Biogeography, Pedogeography, and Geoecology. b) It is concerned with the synthesis of the geographical environment, ensured by complex physical geography. Besides the relations between natural components of the geographical environment, it also covers interactions of physical-geographical and social-economic spheres. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5, 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. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade 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
Drammen, Norway +7 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
 
Charles University Faculty of Science
Prague, Czech Republic

Ecology is dealing with interactions of groups of organisms related to their abiotic environment. The study is general, i. e. including all groups of taxonomic units. Projects ... +

Ecology is dealing with interactions of groups of organisms related to their abiotic environment. The study is general, i. e. including all groups of taxonomic units. Projects with predominantly biotic interactions have priority over the study of the abiotic environment: populations and community ecology, the study of ecosystems. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 

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