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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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29 Results in Environmental Studies

California Institute of Integral Studies

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.... [-]

USA San Francisco
September 2020
Full-time
Campus
Northern Arizona University

The interdisciplinary Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Doctoral program will prepare you to be part of a growing industry of leaders, scientists, and engin ... [+]

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 ... [-]
USA Flagstaff
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Full-time
Campus
Heriot-Watt University Dubai

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society has an inherently strong research culture with research students making a highly valued contribution to Scho ... [+]

Overview

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society has an inherently strong research culture with research students making a highly valued contribution to School’s overall research profile.

The School is divided into three research institutes:

Institute for Infrastructure and Environment Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research

Our research in Dubai is evolving, as is reflected by the PhD programmes we offer. Research students are presented with exciting opportunities to work in areas relevant to the academic community, research users and employers in the UAE and the Gulf region.

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United Arab Emirates Academic City
September 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The PhD programme seeks to train students in original research in Atmospheric Environmental Science and to cultivate the independent and innovative thinking that is essen ... [+]

Offered by the Division of Environment and Suitability, the programmes are supported with the following research foci and state-of-the-art facilities. It aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of environmental science and related policies so as to help increase their abilities in tackling the environment and generating meaningful solutions.

Research Foci

The Division’s main areas of focus are:

Atmospheric science and air pollution Oceanic science and water pollution Climate change policy and adaptations Sustainability Healthy living environment

We also work at the points where these areas intersect, such as the scientific understanding of management strategies and policy formulations.... [-]

Hong Kong
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Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
University of Trieste

The Ph.D. Course aims to prepare well-qualified scientists able to critically manage the implementation of EU and national regulations concerning with environmental analy ... [+]

The Ph.D. Course aims to prepare well-qualified scientists able to critically manage the implementation of EU and national regulations concerning with environmental analysis and to autonomously develop research activities in the field of environment. The course is focused on both theoretical and experimental activities. It includes the following ERC research areas:

Terrestrial ecology, land cover change (PE10_4); Biogeochemistry, biogeochemical cycles, environmental chemistry (PE10_9); Soil science (PE10_13); Ecology (theoretical and experimental; population, species, and community level) (LS8_1); Biodiversity, conservation biology, conservation genetics, invasion biology (LS8_4); Evolutionary biology: evolutionary ecology and genetics, co-evolution (LS8_5); Environmental and marine biology (LS8_8); Environmental toxicology at the population and ecosystems level (LS8_9); Microbial ecology and evolution (LS8_10); Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising (LS9_3); Agriculture related to crop production, soil biology and cultivation, applied plant biology (LS9_5); Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics (LS8_2); Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (LS2).... [-]

Italy Trieste
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses ... [+]

ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. The goal of the Marine Science Program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), associated communities of fish and corals and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the Oceans. ... [-]
Saudi Arabia Thuwal
Open Enrollment
Full-time
30 - 42 months
Campus
University of Johannesburg

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Environmental Management is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theo ... [+]

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Environmental Management 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 Environmental Management 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 Environmental Management 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.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
January 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Botswana International University Of Science And Technology

PhD Thesis Research in Earth & Environmental Sciences ... [+]

PhD Thesis Research in Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Botswana Palapye
February 2020
Campus
Charles University Faculty of Science

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. Pro ... [+]

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 abiotic environment: populations and community ecology, study of ecosystems.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
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Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
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Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

The study program focuses on the physical nature of a wide range of atmospheric phenomena and processes, which, however, also have interdisciplinary application in atmosp ... [+]

The study program focuses on the physical nature of a wide range of atmospheric phenomena and processes, which, however, also have interdisciplinary application in atmospheric chemistry, oceanology, physical geography, environmental sciences, etc. It is a unique program at Charles University which provides a comprehensive view of the dynamic system of the Earth's atmosphere in a broad interdisciplinary context. Even within the Czech Republic, it is the only program offering education in of atmospheric physics, meteorology, and climatology. From a methodological point of view, a wide range of theoretical, experimental and computational physics applications are used interactively and complementarily.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
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Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Universidade da Coruña

The PhD Program in Environmental and Fundamental Chemistry is an official university degree whose general objective is to train doctors in Chemistry with orientations bot ... [+]

Introduction

The program of Doctorate in Environmental and Fundamental Chemistry Is an official university degree whose general objective is to train doctors in Chemistry with orientations as much towards the scope of the environment as towards the synthesis and characterization of new compounds that are able to approach and to solve the problems that demand the industry, the administration and the society In general, promoting research, development and scientific-technological innovation at both fundamental and applied levels.

It is an interdepartmental doctoral program in which doctors from the following areas of knowledge are involved: Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry-Physics, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical and Physical Engineering.... [-]

Spain A Coruña
September 2020
Spanish
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
Chulabhorn Graduate Institute

The rapid development of many countries within the region has led to the widespread use of chemicals in Industry, Agriculture, Public Health, as well as in our daily live ... [+]

Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology

The rapid development of many countries within the region has led to the widespread use of chemicals in Industry, Agriculture, Public Health, as well as in our daily lives. This has resulted in significant chemical contamination and deterioration of the environment, with unavoidable impacts on the economy, society, and the health of the people.In addressing these problems, there is a pressing need for experts in the field of Environmental Toxicology, which is a field requiring knowledge in several inter-related sciences. In keeping with the national policy to generate high-quality personnel in the fields of Science and Technology, CGI thus offers a graduate program in Environmental Toxicology to address this need to train a new generation of scientists that will become the driving force for the country, and region, in the years to come.... [-]

Thailand Bangkok
June 2020
Full-time
Campus
Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes

The Doctoral Degree in Anthropic Sciences, is an interdepartmental and multidisciplinary program offered by the Center for Design and Construction Sciences, the Departmen ... [+]

The Doctoral Degree in Anthropic Sciences, is an interdepartmental and multidisciplinary program offered by the Center for Design and Construction Sciences, the Departments of Construction and Structures, Habitat Design, Geotechnics and Hydraulics, as well as Theory and Methods . This postgraduate course offers greater flexibility as a tutoring system, which strengthens research activities.

General objective

To train high level researchers from the humanist perspective with a strong social commitment and an active concern about the environment, focusing the researcher on the problems of the anthropic areas of specific regional contexts in a systemic and critical way in order to contribute to their sustainable development.... [-]

Mexico Aguascalientes
July 2020
Spanish
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of Minho - School of Engineering

The purpose of PDGTR is to provide specialized training to develop in students the ability to contribute to the advancement of processes and treatment technologies and wa ... [+]

Doctoral Programme in Management and Waste Treatment

The doctoral program in Management and Waste Treatment (PDGTR) consists of a curricular component and the elaboration of a thesis, a total of 180 ECTS, of which 110 are related to the dissertation and the 70 courses.

It is a teaching inter-research centers of the School of the University of Minho project (EEUM), involving the Territory Engineering Centers, Environment and Construction (C-TAC) of Mechanical and Materials Technologies (CT2M) Institute polymers and Composites (IPC) and Biological Engineering (CEB). The purpose of PDGTR is to provide specialized training to develop in students the ability to contribute to the advancement of processes and treatment technologies and waste recovery through creative and independent research. The structuring objective is to promote excellence and research in the field of treatment and recovery of waste, with emphasis on the search for new solutions and the corresponding design and modeling, the optimization of existing solutions and the most efficient operation of treatment facilities, as well as the integration of associated technologies, to reduce negative environmental impacts.... [-]

Portugal Guimaraes
October 2019
Portuguese (Portugal)
Full-time
Campus