19 PhD Programs in Environmental Engineering

Generally taken as a follow-up to a master’s degree program, a PhD program generally takes years to complete, and once complete, distinguishes a graduate as a leading expert in a field related to science. With a PhD, scholars usually graduate with specialized skills which may help them find a career. What is a PhD in Environmental Engineering? It’s a doctoral program with a focus on th… Read more

Generally taken as a follow-up to a master’s degree program, a PhD program generally takes years to complete, and once complete, distinguishes a graduate as a leading expert in a field related to science. With a PhD, scholars usually graduate with specialized skills which may help them find a career.

What is a PhD in Environmental Engineering? It’s a doctoral program with a focus on the environmental sciences. Students in this program receive specialized training in the major areas of natural sciences, including sustainable energy, geo-energy systems and natural engineering. Different courses students should expect to take while in the program may include environmental sustainability and renewable energy, sustainable transportation systems, hydrology and civil infrastructure materials and modeling. As a capstone of this program, scholars should expect to conduct and defend a dissertation to a panel of other industry experts, and they may be expected to complete an exam.

Graduates with a PhD in Environmental Engineering are generally knowledgeable about how to apply research studies in a practical environment. In addition to research skills, graduates should also have outstanding presentation, mathematical and organizational skills. These can help them when job hunting.

The cost to obtain a PhD can vary depending on how long it takes to complete a program at the individual school. Students should research costs to understand the complete breakdown and reach out to schools with any questions.

Those who earn their PhD in Environmental Engineering can expect to have a variety of jobs waiting for them upon graduation. Many environmental engineers spend a great deal of their time outdoors using their skills to conduct soil, groundwater and sustainable energy research to develop viable solutions to keep our planet healthy. Others work to improve upon public health concerns such as air pollution, waste disposal and recycling.

Schools around the world offer PhD programs in environmental engineering for those who cannot make it to a physical classroom. 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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The George Washington University - School of Engineering & Applied Science
Washington , USA

Graduate students in civil and environmental engineering have an exceptional opportunity to learn about the latest in their field of study. Environmental engineering students ... +

Graduate students in civil and environmental engineering have an exceptional opportunity to learn about the latest in their field of study. Environmental engineering students use one of the world's largest wastewater treatment plants as a laboratory to improve water quality in the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Structural engineering students study seismic engineering, design structures and bridges for extreme events, and resist earthquakes up to six degrees. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
13 Jan 2020
01 Sep 2019
Campus
 
University of Georgia - College of Engineering
Athens , USA

In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, engineers need to work across the national, domain, and disciplinary boundaries to effectively address complex socio-techni ... +

In a globally connected and rapidly changing world, engineers need to work across the national, domain, and disciplinary boundaries to effectively address complex socio-technical challenges. -
PhD
English
September 2020
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates + 1 More

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. The program has evolved in response to the national need of developing qualif ... +

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering. The program has evolved in response to the national need of developing qualified and specialized engineers in the various disciplines of Civil Engineering including structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, highway, transportation, surveying, and construction management. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
August 2020
29 Feb 2020
Campus
 
QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)
Belfast , United Kingdom

The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP) is one of the fastest growing and dynamic planning research environments in the UK.

The Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP) is one of the fastest growing and dynamic planning research environments in the UK. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong

The PhD programme aims to develop and strengthen students’ skills in identifying key issues related to environmental engineering, in formulating original research plans and me ... +

The PhD programme aims to develop and strengthen students’ skills in identifying key issues related to environmental engineering, in formulating original research plans and methodologies, and in implementing those plans and methodologies to produce results that are useful for reducing environmental pollution and advancing environmental conservation and sustainable development. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Pardubice
Pardubice II , Czech Republic

This doctoral programme educates and trains students to become environmental engineering specialists. Graduates are highly qualified experts specialising in protecting the env ... +

This doctoral programme educates and trains students to become environmental engineering specialists. Graduates are highly qualified experts specialising in protecting the environment and in chemical engineering. Students will acquire knowledge and be able to creatively process and solve complex tasks within the field of environmental engineering. Graduates develop research projects relating to chemical, food, and biotechnology practices. This doctoral programme prepares students for independent and creative scientific research work in environmental protection and chemical and process engineering with a focus on sustainable development. Students work on theoretical and experimental research using advanced research techniques and modern methods of mathematical modelling. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
01 Sep 2020
30 Apr 2020
Campus
 
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal , Saudi Arabia

The Environmental Science and Engineering Program (EnSE) prepares students to work on many of the world’s most pressing challenges. There is a worldwide concern with the avail ... +

The Environmental Science and Engineering Program (EnSE) prepares students to work on many of the world’s most pressing challenges. There is a worldwide concern with the availability of clean water; EnSE examines methods to purify and reuse water, as well as to reduce contamination of existing reserves. The focus of the program is on examining the impact of humans on our environment through resource exploitation; including over-consumption, land degradation, and pollution of water. The results of these efforts may offer solutions to water scarcity, soil contamination. -
PhD
Full-time
30 months
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology
Palapye , Botswana

The program allows graduates, through research, to specialize in the areas of analysis and design in specialized aspects of Structural Engineering, Environmental, Transportati ... +

The program allows graduates, through research, to specialize in the areas of analysis and design in specialized aspects of Structural Engineering, Environmental, Transportation and Water & Waste Water Engineering. -
PhD
English
February 2020
Campus
 
The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Nottingham , United Kingdom + 2 More

Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering to help improve the natural environment, seeking to facilitate the provision of healthy water, air, and ... +

Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering to help improve the natural environment, seeking to facilitate the provision of healthy water, air, and land. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
October 2020
Campus
 
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh , USA

Our Ph.D. students participate in education and research that strives to advance the engineering science fundamentals of the civil and environmental engineering disciplines. D ... +

Our Ph.D. students participate in education and research that strives to advance the engineering science fundamentals of the civil and environmental engineering disciplines. Doctoral candidates develop an individualized program of study in one of our three major focus areas: Advanced Infrastructure Systems (A.I.S.); Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science (E.E.S.S.); and Mechanics, Materials and Computing (M.M.C.). -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
August 2020
Campus
 
University of Tehran, Kish International Campus
Tehran , Iran

The Ph.D. degree program in Environmental Engineering- Air Pollution is a multidisciplinary program that involves the applications of scientific knowledge and engineering solu ... +

The Ph.D. degree program in Environmental Engineering- Air Pollution is a multidisciplinary program that involves the applications of scientific knowledge and engineering solution to control pollution and to provide clean air for the workers in industries. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur
Kajang , Malaysia

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Built Environment programme aims to provide an opportunity to professionals and graduates to pursue higher knowledge through analysis, synthe ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Built Environment programme aims to provide an opportunity to professionals and graduates to pursue higher knowledge through analysis, synthesis, and research in the challenging Built Environment sector. This programme is recommended for those who expect to engage in a professional career in research, teaching or technical work of an advanced nature. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
National Central University
Hsinchu , Taiwan

Because of the multidisciplinary credentials of its faculty and the first-rate quality of its research facilities, the GIEE attracts high-caliber students from a variety of en ... +

Because of the multidisciplinary credentials of its faculty and the first-rate quality of its research facilities, the GIEE attracts high-caliber students from a variety of engineering and science disciplines. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Burlington , USA + 1 More

The Ph.D. program provides an outstanding education in a small focused setting. The doctoral program focuses primarily on the environmental area and computational modeling and ... +

The Ph.D. program provides an outstanding education in a small focused setting. The doctoral program focuses primarily on the environmental area and computational modeling and information technology applications in civil engineering... -
PhD
Full-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Clarkson University Graduate School
Potsdam , USA + 1 More

An MS degree from a program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with both BS and MS degrees in discipl ... +

An MS degree from a program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with both BS and MS degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental Graduate Committee. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
August 2020
Campus