Doctorate Degrees in Environmental Sciences

Compare 19 PhD Programs in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

A Doctor of Philosophy is a doctorate or a doctoral degree that is the highest academic degree achievable. The holder of the degree is considered qualified to teach at university level in their field of study.

What is a PhD in Environmental Sciences? A PhD in Environmental Sciences encompasses multiple disciplines, such as ecology, biodiversity, environmental assessment, conservation, paleoecology, geology, and environmental policy. Research methods and numerical skills courses are usually part of this program so that students are familiar with statistical analysis and modeling so that they are able to conduct research. Coursework varies by institution, but may also include geography, earth science, economics, political science, and marine biology. Other possible areas of study include natural resources, quantitative analysis, social science, and water resources.

Graduates with a PhD in Environmental Sciences receive a broad interdisciplinary education and become skilled in communicating and problem solving, two major components needed to succeed in policy making and management. Candidates also gain competence in research techniques ranging from experimental and sampling design to hypothesis testing and estimation.

The cost of a PhD varies, depending on the country of study, the institution’s policies, and the program length. Contact the admissions office of the university to learn more about the degree program and its expenses.

Career prospects in environmental sciences exist in academia, where candidates can teach and conduct research. Other career possibilities are available in government and industry, such as in environmental consulting firms and major oil companies. Government positions in various agencies, such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, and national laboratories, are other options. Management careers are another option, if the student’s coursework contained technology and management classes.

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PhD in Evolution of Ecosystems and their Protection

Matej Bel University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Slovakia Banská Bystrica

The main focus of the program is understanding of historical development of ecosystems before significant disturbances caused by human activities. The program accentuates a palaeological approach that corresponds very well with methods of a recent ecological research. The combination of both approaches allows recognizing the extent of the damage, the speed of their changes, and the resilience and recovery of ecosystems, too. [+]

PhDs in Environmental Sciences. PhD in Evolution of Ecosystems and their Protection The main focus of the program is understanding of historical development of ecosystems before significant disturbances caused by human activities. The program accentuates a palaeological approach that corresponds very well with methods of a recent ecological research. The combination of both approaches allows recognizing the extent of the damage, the speed of their changes, and the resilience and recovery of ecosystems, too. This information is an important starting point for modern approaches in the nature conservation, which is the second area of the study program. The graduate study comprises two parts: a study part and a research part. A plan of the study is prepared by the supervisor, and should be approved by a committee. Profile of a graduate The program aims at deepening and broadening knowledge and skills in the field of ecology, palaeology and conservation biology. A graduate should be able to use the method for obtaining data in the laboratory and in the field, and to use modern statistical methods and GIS tools. He has the skills necessary to work in a modern laboratory. He is able to achieve the original research results and present them of scientific community in the form of publications and outputs on conferences and any professional events. He is able to apply theoretical knowledge in practice in the assessment of changes in ecosystems, and can predict their future development. He is able to specify the nature conservation priorities and solve... [-]

PhD in Earth Sciences & Environmental Sustainability

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2018 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. [+]

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... [-]

PhD in Ecology

University College of Southeast Norway
Campus Full time Part time January 2018 Norway Porsgrunn Drammen Rauland + 2 more

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

PhDs in Environmental Sciences. Ph.D. in Ecology The Ph.D. programme in Ecology at USN is focused on correlations between diffrent environmental impacts. What does that mean? Researching correlations between different environmental impacts means that we look further into the relationship between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, both on individual species and ecosystem levels. We do research on evolutionary processes in relation to the genetic structure and selection and human issues related to environmental impacts. Environmental research in general, and especially national and international issues related to biodiversity and sustainable use of resources, is facing increasing challenges. The need for this research is growing all over the world and environmental research has relevance for many other disciplines. The doctoral programme in ecology focuses on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation to meet these challenges. Within the doctoral programme in ecology, we have highly qualified and motivated academic staff with broad national and international network. This provides you with a great number of choices when selecting topics for research. [-]

DTech in Environmental Health

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

To provide students with the competency to apply high level problem solving skills, and the application of critical and reflective thinking at the most advanced academic level, culminating in the production of a thesis in the field of Environmental Health. [+]

To provide students with the competency to apply high level problem solving skills, and the application of critical and reflective thinking at the most advanced academic level, culminating in the production of a thesis in the field of Environmental Health. Admission requirements MTech Environmental Health Contact details Name: Martha Chadyiwa Tel: 011 559 6239/ Email: mchadyiwa@uj.ac.za [-]

Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Built Environment

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Portugal Guimarães

The main objective of the Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of: design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration.Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment [+]

PhDs in Environmental Sciences. Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment The built environment has evolved to frame and facilitate nearly all human activities. Simultaneously, its constant expansion has become more and more harmful to the natural environment. The construction sector accounts for an estimated 40% of earth resources consumption and, therefore, has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainability. Urban development has special importance within the broader context of sustainability as well, while current trends predict that the number of urban dwellers will keep rising, reaching almost 5 billion by 2030 out of a world total of 8.1 billion. The main objective of the doctoral programme is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of: design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration. iDiSBE aims at providing a high level specialized advanced education in order to develop in the doctoral candidates the ability to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of sustainable built environment, through creative and autonomous investigation. Access to higher education The conclusion of this Doctoral degree allows the realization of research activity at post-doctoral level. Access forms Access to this cycle of studies requires an application to the School of Engineering of the University of Minho. Formal requirements The minimum requirements for applying to International Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment are as follows: A Master Degree with a minimum grade of B-... [-]

Official Doctoral Program In Environmental Science And Technology

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The PhD program in Environmental Science and Technology is an official university degree whose objective is to train researchers who can reinforce the processes of generation and transfer of knowledge in relation to the environment, as well as scientific and technological innovation in Everything related to its proper management. [+]

Introduction Increasingly public awareness of environmental problems has led to the development of a wide range of new knowledge, technology, innovation and transfer needs in the last decades and in developed countries, particularly in Europe. The management and resolution of many different issues related to the environment. The Programme Doctorate in Environmental Science and Technology Is an official university degree whose objective is to train researchers who can strengthen the processes of generation and transfer of knowledge in relation to the environment, as well as scientific and technological innovation in everything related to its proper management. The researchers participating in the doctoral program maintain active collaborations with multiple companies, institutions, research groups and researchers both nationally and abroad. Why study the degree The preservation of natural resources as well as the rational and efficient use of them is one of the main challenges that the human being is facing at the moment. The evident effects of climate change require a scientific-technological response that allows a sustainable development to be combined with respect for the environment. The society must equip itself with researchers and technologists able to face the challenge that this entails and to offer solutions that minimize the environmental impact of the activity of the human being. Generally the environmental problems must be approached from diverse fields, that is why the official doctoral program in Environmental Science and Technology offers to the society the formation of specialized doctors, With multidisciplinary training, In the field of Science and Technology applied... [-]

PhD Environmental Engineering

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

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. Research topics for this PhD are very varied but can include microwave processing, wastewater treatment, greenhouse gases, removal of pollutants in water and soils as well as many other aspects. [+]

PhDs in Environmental Sciences. 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. Research topics for this PhD are very varied but can include microwave processing, wastewater treatment, greenhouse gases, removal of pollutants in water and soils as well as many other aspects. This course requires a 2:1 or international equivalent and/or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element). It is usually completed over a period of around three years. Facilities There are extensive laboratories with equipment from bench to pilot-plant scale. We are one of the few universities in the UK with access to mass spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy and a ‘virtual-reality’ suite where you can construct and optimise your own complete processing plant. Postgraduate students also have access to research facilities including a range of equipment, for example: total organic carbon strong acid digestion of rocks research test rigs - multiphase flow drop tube furnance flows in pipe rig microwave centre Research support Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have... [-]

International PhD Program for Environmental Science and Technology

National Central University
Campus Full time September 2017 Taiwan Taoyuan

To face the new challenges in the pollution of air, soil and water brought on by environmental change and global warming, our program is designed to equip students with superb abilities in problem analysis and solving of regional and global issues; independent innovative thinking, planning and project execution; decision-making, interdisciplinary coordination, and international communication. [+]

To face the new challenges in the pollution of air, soil and water brought on by environmental change and global warming, our program is designed to equip students with superb abilities in problem analysis and solving of regional and global issues; independent innovative thinking, planning and project execution; decision-making, interdisciplinary coordination, and international communication. The UST - International Doctoral Program in Environmental Science and Technology (UST-EST) will provide the most advanced graduate study program in interdisciplinary environmental research from the global scale to molecular level. All courses will be taught in English by a team of outstanding scholars with the further distinction of providing an unmatched Chinese-speaking surrounding and learning facilities. To ensure the highly cross-discipline nature of environmental study, all first-year students will take entry-level courses related to the four major topics, i.e., health science, physical chemistry, engineering and remote sensing techniques, before moving to specialized research work. The UST-EST program provides also the unique opportunity of joining collaborative projects in different UST campuses, either in national or international arenas. Counting together, UST has established bilateral scientific partnerships with academic institutions in the US, Germany, France, UK, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Canada, South Korea, Dominica Republic, and Iceland, just to name a few. For multilateral collaborations, Taiwan is a key player to the Seven South East Asian Studies (7-SEAS) Project and the main driver for the COSMIC Meteorology Satellites Mission. The UST-EST Doctoral Program is therefore well prepared to train the next-generation leaders in the study,... [-]

Doctorate in Environmental Management

Central European University in Skalica (SEVS)
Campus Full time September 2017 Slovakia Skalica

You will gain a broad environmental and managerial overview, as well as a theoretical and methodical base extended through practical experience and knowledge in an interdisciplinary view of solving environmental problems and projects, for the development and implementation of environmental policy and its tools in corporate sphere, in the system of public administration and in the private sector. [+]

PhDs in Environmental Sciences. Doctorate in Environmental Management CHARACTERISTICS OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME You will gain a broad environmental and managerial overview, as well as a theoretical and methodical base extended through practical experience and knowledge in an interdisciplinary view of solving environmental problems and projects, for the development and implementation of environmental policy and its tools in corporate sphere, in the system of public administration and in the private sector. You will become qualified professionals - environmental managers, project designers, auditors, technical experts for dealing with specific tasks depending on the needs of the social praxis and science, in line with the concept of sustainable development. GRADUATE PROFILE As a graduate of the doctoral study field of environmental management you will become an environmental expert and you will be able to perform functions mainly in these areas: Functions in organisations and institutions realising environmental policy; Functions in public administration; Functions in international organisations; Positions in various levels of management in the private sphere; Functions in organisations ensuring technical infrastructure; Consultation and information services; Functions when developing and applying educational and training programmes in the area of environmental management; Coordination of activities of involved bodies when dealing with problems of the environment on regional and local level; Realisation of graduates and broader cooperation was consulted with: Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic; Ministry of Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic; Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic; Trnava Self-Governing Region; Visegrad Fund; Legal entities in business, mainly... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy (Science) (Research)

Taylor’s University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6 years Open Enrollment Malaysia Subang Jaya + 1 more

Research in the School of Biosciences encompasses four broad themes (Infectious Diseases, Non-communicable Diseases, Environmental Research, Food Science and Nutrition) and is supported by a core group of researchers in bioactive compounds (Drug Discovery & Development Team) [+]

Research in the School of Biosciences encompasses four broad themes and is supported by a core group of researchers in bioactive compounds (Drug Discovery & Development Team):

Infectious DiseasesThe rich biodiversity of Malaysia enables the discovery of novel compounds to fight infectious diseases. At Taylor’s University, the identified natural compounds will be examined for their bioactive properties as well as their mode of action. In addition to the antimicrobial research, the host-pathogen interaction research is focused to understand the disease manifestation in host cells. Non-communicable diseasesDiet, smoking, alcohol consumption, a sedentary lifestyle and stress have contributed to greater incidences of heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, among others. Available drugs for these diseases are often accompanied by undesirable side effects, not selective enough or simply too expensive. Hence, this cluster targets the discovery of novel lead compounds and to scientifically validate natural remedies for lifestyle-related chronic diseases Environmental ResearchResearch conducted in this cluster focuses in bioremediation, taxonomic identification of marine flora and to facilitate the development of mechanisms or processes that are in compliance with environmental laws. It will target improvement in resources savings, waste disposal and resolving environmental stress issues. In addition, researchers in this cluster also provide consultation and training in environmental management systems Food Science and NutritionThe broader aim of research in this cluster is to study the fundamentals and applied aspects of new functional foods, medical foods and nutraceuticals as well as new technologies that facilitate development of novel consumer products that enhance human health,... [-]

PhD in Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Göttingen Austria Innsbruck Italy Rome Padua Serbia Belgrade Hannover Braunschweig Clausthal-Zellerfeld + 10 more

Modern developments in sustainable catalytic chemistry form the focus of the "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis" doctoral programme at the University Göttingen and the Technical University Braunschweig. [+]

PhD in Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis (Ph.D./Dr. rer. nat.)Modern developments in sustainable catalytic chemistry form the focus of the "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis" doctoral programme at Göttingen. This degree programme in the English language is directly connected with one of the research foci of the Faculty of Chemistry. This doctoral programme is characterised by excellent research possibilities, renowned supervisors, international partners and a thematically co-ordinated programme of studies. The Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture supports the study programme by awarding a number of scholarships.

Degree: Dr. rer.nat./Ph.D.Standard period or study: 3 years (6 semester)Starting semester: Winter or summer semesterApplication deadline:January 31st (summer semester) Juli 31st (winter semester)Admission: Limited admission (application to the Faculty)Admission requirements: Diploma or Master degreeLanguage requirements: English (verification required)... [-]


PhD in Environmental Science

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

The key aim of the study is a detailed analysis of current state of the environment, identification of principal pollutants, their dynamics, transport processes, and transformation among the various environmental compartments. [+]

The programme reflects a general public demand to understand and analyze mechanisms of adverse changes to the environment and find ways to mitigate them. The key aim of the study is a detailed analysis of current state of the environment, identification of principal pollutants, their dynamics, transport processes, and transformation among the various environmental compartments. An important aspect of the study is identification of biotic and abiotic processes, phenomena, species, and/or their groups (and their combinations) which may through the mediation of their state, behaviour or a certain mechanism assist in early recognition of an unwilling disruption of a given environmental system (air, water, soil, biota ...). During the study period the graduate will acquire the necessary attitudes towards a creative independent and/or team work based on a general scientific method. The applicant is ready to creatively and at a high level of expertise solve complex and complicated problems of the basic and applied science. He/she will acquire a deep experience in lab and/or field work and will be ready to plan scientific projects. He/she will have to use appropriate statistical/graphical techniques and publish the results obtained in renowned scientific journals. The study program is intended to prepare an individual to a carrier of a scientist acting in the field of applied or basic science or a highly skilled environmental management expert meeting the demanding needs of the private, non-profit or governmental sector. The main focus of the PhD programme is a PhD dissertation. To meet the criteria of the... [-]

PhD in Ecology and Environmental Health

University Fernando Pessoa
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Porto

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. [+]

PhDs in Environmental Sciences. Degree / Duration / ECTS 3rd (Doctorate) / 3 years (1 year: curricular plan; 2 years: thesis preparation) Coordination: Prof. Nelson Barros (nelson@ufp.edu.pt) 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. Admissions Conditions 1.1. General conditions: According to nr. 1 of article 2 of UFP’s Doctoral’s Regulation nr. 306/2008, of the 9th of June, the following can apply to this cycle of studies: 1.1.1. Applicants with an master degree or legal equivalent; 1.1.2. Applicants with an undergraduate degree, that have scholarly or scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as bestowing capacity to complete this cycle of studies by the executive counsel of the Post-graduate Studies and Investigation School, from on now, designated as CEPI; 1.1.3. Applicants with a scholarly, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as bestowing capacity to complete this cycle of studies by CEPI 1.2. Specific conditions: 1.2.2. Doctoral programme in Ecology and Environmental Health: applicants must have a master degree in one of the following areas: Environment; Biology; Health Sciences or Chemistry. Study plan 1st year, 1st Semester Environment and Human Health Epidemiology Statistical Methods and Experimental Planning Dissertation Project I Research Seminar I Toxicology 1st year, 2nd Semester Ecology and Human Health Research Seminar II Dissertation Project II 2nd and 3rd years Thesis preparation [-]

Environmental Science Ph.D.

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The doctorate in environmental sciences aims at the development and integration of knowledge in several multidisciplinary fields grouped under the overall theme of the analysis of the dynamics of environmental relations. [+]

The doctorate in environmental sciences aims at the development and integration of knowledge in several multidisciplinary fields grouped under the overall theme of the analysis of the dynamics of environmental relations. environmental biotechnology Cycle and water quality basic and applied ecology Atmospheric sciences and ocean Geomorphology and land use Environmental Toxicology Program Structure The Environmental Science PhD is offered in conjunction with UQAC, UQAM and UQTR. The program includes the writing of a dissertation of 60 credits to deepen a subject in an area of ​​specialization in environmental sciences. Program Structure The Environmental Science PhD is offered in conjunction with UQAC, UQAM and UQTR. The program includes the writing of a dissertation of 60 credits to deepen a subject in an area of ​​specialization in environmental sciences. Research topics Geomorphology and geography of coastal areas Quantification and modeling of coastal hazards (coastal erosion processes, flooding, landslides) Reconstruction and projection of rising sea levels and analysis of its effects on coastal areas Program of measurements and modeling of coastal ice cover, water levels and waves and analysis of their effects on the evolution of coastlines the vulnerability study of communities and coastal infrastructure to hazards in a changing climate Analysis of adaptation options for coastal communities to coastal risks Development of tools to increase the resilience of coastal communities in a context of integrated coastal zone management environmental monitoring networks in Québec maritime coasts Geomorphology and dynamics of slopes Study of slope processes: rockfall, landslide, debris flow, torrential activity, avalanches, ice... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy in Built Environment (By Research)

Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years January 2018 Malaysia Kajang + 1 more

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Built Environment programme aims to provide 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. [+]

PhDs in Environmental Sciences. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Built Environment programme aims to provide 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. Key Features To provide students with flexibility of research and develop students’ intellectual ability in specialised areas of Built Environment. To equip students with advanced knowledge, tools and techniques that will support their research capability and career development. To expose students to the research frontier in various fields of specialisation in Built Environment. Admission Requirements A Master's Degree accepted by the Senate of IUKL; OR Other qualifications equivalent to a Master's Degree that are accepted by the Senate of IUKL For local applicants, an English language proficiency level considered sufficient to satisfactorily complete the course International applicants who originate from a country where English is the native language; OR are required to have a minimum score of TOEFL 550 OR IELTS 6.0.; OR have attained a degree from a university where the medium of instruction is in English. Research Areas Architecture Geomatic Engineering Quantity Surveying Landscape Architecture Facilities Management Real Estate OR any other relevant field in built environment. Fee Structure MALAYSIAN STUDENTS Tuition Fees RM45,630.00 Deposit (Refundable) RM300.00 Insurance RM70.00/year Total Fees (Approximate) RM46,100.00 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Tuition Fees RM45,900.00 Caution Fee (Refundable) RM1,500.00 International Student Administrative Fee RM4,200.00 Medical... [-]