Doctorate Degrees in Environmental Studies

Compare 27 PhD Programs in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

A PhD is one of the highest degrees attainable. It generally requires at least three years of study and the completion of an independent research project that makes an original and significant contribution. A student may enter a doctoral program directly after completing a BS, BA or MA.

What is a PhD in Environmental Studies? This is a doctoral program that allows students to pursue original research in any area related to how humans interact with their environment. Areas of specialization include ecology, which looks at how humans impact the natural environment and non-human life, and environmental engineering, which considers the best way to develop and utilize natural resources with minimal impact. Students can focus on environmental chemistry, environmental management or environmental health. The degree is multidisciplinary in nature, and coursework is likewise variable depending on specialization.

The multidisciplinary research necessary for a PhD in Environmental Studies helps develop complex problem-solving skills, which are useful in life and work. Students may learn practical lab and field skills like DNA sequence analysis or wildlife population management, which can lead to higher-paying jobs.

The cost of doing a PhD depends on the program. Universities have different tuition rates and time requirements. Some programs may provide funding to doctoral students to help with costs.

A doctorate in environmental studies can lead to a number of rewarding careers. Environmental consultants assess how building projects will effect the natural environment. Environmental scientists do research for non-profits, governments and businesses. Degree holders may become teachers or public relations specialists, because they have the skills to understand complex scientific information and communicate it to the public. Some PhD students go on to positions in environmental law or work as policy analysts.

Many universities have doctoral programs in environmental studies. If there are no programs offered locally, a student may travel to a new city or country to study. Another option is to pursue a degree online. To learn more, 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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PhD in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

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

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion PhD

The ecological challenges of the 21st century represent a crisis of values and consciousness. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. Graduate study in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives.

Our program is centered in nurturing a community engaged in revitalizing the human relationship to the earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to the environment. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in the service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future. Core faculty are founders in the field of religion and ecology, shaping global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability.... [-]


PhD in Sustainable Environment

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 Qatar Doha

The HBKU Sustainable Environment Ph.D. program provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable environment issues, including the effect of human development on the environment; the causes, impact, and control of pollution; and the demands of a growing global population on natural resources. [+]

The HBKU Sustainable Environment Ph.D. program provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable environment issues, including the effect of human development on the environment; the causes, impact, and control of pollution; and the demands of a growing global population on natural resources.Students conduct original, guided environmental research that concentrates on issues surrounding the support of sustainable development.The multidisciplinary approach to the curricula builds fundamental knowledge that evolves with the developments within the field, equipping graduates with the tools needed to pursue a wide variety of career paths.

Program Focus Core skills to build a successful career in science, engineering, and technology-related areas, including ethics, technical writing, research methods, data analytics, and advanced computing methods. Fundamentals of sustainable development and human-environment interactions related to policy, engineering, and technology and the fundamentals of environmental processes. Water demand, resource management, and treatment processes. Air emission sources and how these relate to human activity, as well as the impact on human health and the environment of key pollutants.Explore the impact of human activities such as energy generation, water treatment, and manufacturing on land – particularly in terms of solid and hazardous waste generation and disposal. Curriculum ... [-]

PhD in Atmospheric Environmental Science

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong

The Ph.D. program seeks to train students in original research in Atmospheric Environmental Science and to cultivate the independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. Students are required to attend and present seminars, undertake coursework and conduct thesis research. [+]

The Environment has been degrading at an alarming rate mainly due to the unsustainable development and the unsustainable use of natural resources. Although environmental conservation has developed significantly over the past few decades, environmental problems have been evolving both in terms of nature and scale. Methods of resolving many environmental problems remain controversial.

The Ph.D. program seeks to train students in original research in Atmospheric Environmental Science and to cultivate the independent and innovative thinking that is essential for a successful research career in environmental science. Students are required to attend and present seminars, undertake coursework and conduct thesis research. Students must also pass a qualifying examination and a successful defense of a thesis is required.... [-]


PhD in Tropical Knowledge and Management

Nova School of Business and Economics
Campus Full time 4 years October 2018 Portugal Lisbon

The aim of the TropiKMan Programme is to give Ph.D. students in agrobiotechnology, health sciences and agribusiness and governance for developing an entrepreneurial attitude, it also provides an opportunity for inventors, innovators and businesses to showcase their inventive and innovative ideas, projects and processes to potential investors, mentors, government officials and the public. [+]

TropiKMan links natural and environmental sciences with management. The aim of the TropiKMan Programme is to give Ph.D. students in agrobiotechnology, health sciences and agribusiness and governance for developing an entrepreneurial attitude, it also provides an opportunity for inventors, innovators and businesses to showcase their inventive and innovative ideas, projects and processes to potential investors, mentors, government officials and the public. TropiKMan aims at bridging knowledge of several disciplines to tackle scientific problems in tropical regions with management perspective and train students with innovative and entrepreneurial attitudes. It is an opportunity for applicants to realize the potential commercial value of their knowledge, invention or innovation and contribute to the export and employment potential of the tropical regions.... [-]


PhD in Ecology

University College of Southeast Norway
Campus Full time Part time August 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. [+]

Ph.D. in Ecology

The Ph.D. programme in Ecology at USN is focused on correlations between different environmental impacts. What does that mean?

Researching correlations between different environmental impacts mean 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.... [-]


Doctorate in Environmental Management

Central European University in Skalica (SEVS)
Campus Full time September 2018 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 incorporate sphere, in the system of public administration and in the private sector. [+]

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 incorporate 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.... [-]


PhD in Environmental and Biomedical Microbiology (TMAB)

Universidad de las Islas Baleares - UIB
Campus Full time September 2018 Spain Palma de Mallorca

Doctoral studies aim to provide advanced education to students in research techniques, and. They include the development and presentation of a corresponding doctorate thesis that consists of original work in research. [+]

General objectives

Doctoral studies aim to provide advanced education to students in research techniques, and. They include the development and presentation of a corresponding doctorate thesis that consists of original work in research.

Doctoral studies aim to provide students with advanced training in research techniques. Usual activities in these studies could incorporate courses, seminars, or other activities directed at education in research. This also involves the preparation and presentation of a doctoral thesis, which needs to be an original work of research. Specific objectives of the Doctoral Programmes of the Balearic Islands University are: to train researchers and form research teams to successfully address current societal challenges making use of new sciences, techniques, and methodologies; to promote the training of the teaching faculty, and to perfect professional, scientific, technical and artistic development of postgraduates.... [-]


PhD in Biodiversity and Conservation

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Biodiversity and Conservation is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialization. [+]

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Biodiversity and Conservation is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of specialization. A Ph.D. in Biodiversity and Conservation 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 specialization.

The PhD in Biodiversity and Conservation 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.... [-]


PhD In Biodiversity And Conservation

Universidad de La Laguna
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Doctoral studies in the field of biology have a long tradition at the University of La Laguna. The Biodiversity and Conservation program is supported by lines and research teams consolidated, with high scientific production and training capacity. It offers a wide coverage of doctoral training in different branches of Biology, Environment and Conservation, both in the terrestrial and marine. [+]

Doctoral studies in the field of biology have a long tradition at the University of La Laguna. The Biodiversity and Conservation program is supported by lines and research teams consolidated, with high scientific production and training capacity. It offers a wide coverage of doctoral training in different branches of Biology, Environment and Conservation, both in the terrestrial and marine. It will contribute to the promotion of the employability of highly qualified personnel in an area of ​​social interest, through the professional development of postdoctoral researchers, training of teaching staff and university researchers, as well as management personnel. The study of Biodiversity and Conservation is one of the three strategic areas of the ULL (Campus of International Excellence - Atlantic Intercontinental Campus - Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, 2010).... [-]


PhD in Environmental Chemistry and Technology

University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
Campus Full time Part time 4 years October 2018 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The aim of the Ph.D. study program is to train experts with deep knowledge of environmental and related chemical and biochemical disciplines, informatics and mathematical modeling. [+]

Overview

The aim of the Ph.D. study program is to train experts with deep knowledge of environmental and related chemical and biochemical disciplines, informatics and mathematical modeling. Ph.D. studies build on this foundation and deepen knowledge in a wide scale of environmental areas such as analytical methods for monitoring the of water and air quality and soil contamination; technologies for drinking water production, wastewater treatment; sludge treatment, solid waste management, and soil decontamination technologies; removal of air pollutants. An important part of the study is also the prevention of all forms of waste, recycling and recovery as renewable resources. Students are trained in a solution of complex research projects.... [-]


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 ... [-]

* Marine Marine Science, Technology And Management's Official Doctoral Program

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2018 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The objective of the Doctorate program is to train the best professionals and researchers in the field of Science, Technology and Sea Management in their different economic and social applications, to generate research of quality and international impact and to provide industry with the best Tools to improve their competitiveness on a global scale. [+]

Introduction

This PhD program was born within the Campus of International Excellence Campus as the aspiration of the three Galician universities and those of the north of Portugal (Aveiro, Minho, Tras os Montes e Alto Douro), the CSIC and the IEO, Create a postgraduate offer with global vision and multi-year planning, international and cross-border, that attracts students of different nationalities who consider the clustering of institutions created around the Campus do Mar as the preferred destination for training at the doctorate level.

Why study the degree

The objective of the Doctorate program is to train the best professionals and researchers in the field of Science, Technology and Sea Management in their different economic and social applications, to generate research of quality and international impact and to provide industry with the best Tools to improve their competitiveness on a global scale.... [-]


PhD in Ecology and Environmental Health

University Fernando Pessoa
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 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. [+]

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 a 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 council 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 ... [-]

Maritime Resource Management PhD

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2018 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The doctorate in marine resource management form experts who contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a field related to the optimal use of resources and the marine environment, public policy models or mechanisms of decision making in this sector. [+]

The doctorate in marine resource management form experts who contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a field related to the optimal use of resources and the marine environment, public policy models or mechanisms of decision making in this sector.

These managers must have a thorough knowledge of the social and economic characteristics of the maritime environment and an understanding of the interactions between these characteristics and those of the environment.

Targeted audience

Maritime Resource Management PhD is for candidates with varied profiles (natural sciences, law, economics, geography, management) holders of a research master.

Program Structure

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PhD in Environmental Management

South East European University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2018 Macedonia Tetovo Skopje + 1 more

The study program aims to: Contribute to environmental trends developed in our society; Foster public opinion for solving environmental problems; Scientific Research... [+]

The study program aims to:

Contribute to environmental trends developed in our society; Foster public opinion for solving environmental problems; Scientific Research; Career

With the completion of Ph.D. studies, students acquire 180 ECTS. Their knowledge and skills can be effectively applied in the field of Environmental Management for research purposes. Also, may find employment in Institutions for environmental protection where they can apply their acquired knowledge into practice.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Shows a systematic understanding of the research field and excellent knowledge of research methods and skills within that field according to the highest international standards; Advanced knowledge of the effects of natural processes that take place in the environment; Advanced environmental topics such as the greenhouse effect, acid rain, air pollution; Advanced knowledge of the importance of effective actions to protect and improve the environment. ... [-]