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.
Doctoral program with a focus on topics related to the sustainable environment, including the effects of human development, pollution, and population growth on the enviro
Doctoral program with a focus on topics related to the sustainable environment, including the effects of human development, pollution, and population growth on the environment.
The College of Science and Engineering’s PhD program in sustainable environment provides students with extensive knowledge on 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 and scientifically significant 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....
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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.
This program comprises four tracks: Water Quality, Chemistry, and Treatment; Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology; Environmental Hydrology and Fluid Mechanics; and Materials for Environmental Science and Engineering.
Students entering the program enroll in a set of core courses and then take specialty courses in one of the three major tracks. The remaining courses are technical electives. The three tracks together cover the most important areas in Environmental Science and Engineering, and the core-plus specialty courses and electives will equip a student for a successful and productive career in these fields.
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....
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 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
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)....
The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure, and Society has an inherently strong research culture with research students making a highly valued contribution to Scho
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 Ph.D. programs 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.
The School’s portfolio of multidisciplinary research makes it an attractive destination for those seeking postgraduate research opportunities of direct relevance to the solving of real-world problems in Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society....
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.
The Division’s main areas of focus are:
Atmospheric science and air pollution
Oceanic science and water pollution
Climate change policy and adaptations
Healthy living environment
We also work at the points where these areas intersect, such as the scientific understanding of management strategies and policy formulations....
The aim of the PhD study program is to train experts with deep knowledge of environmental and related chemical and biochemical disciplines, informatics and mathematical m
The aim of the PhD study program is to train experts with deep knowledge of environmental and related chemical and biochemical disciplines, informatics and mathematical modeling. PhD 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....
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
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....
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....
The program 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
The program 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 the 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, etc.)....
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 econom
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....
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....
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....