Doctorate Degrees in Environmental Studies

Compare 26 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 ... [-]

Ph.D. in Marine Science (MarS)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Campus September 2018 Saudi Arabia Thuwal

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. [+]

PhDs in Environmental Studies. 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. Ph.D. DEGREE ... [-]

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 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 Aquatic Health

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the Ph.D. in Aquatic Health 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 Aquatic Health 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 Aquatic Health 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 Aquatic Health 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 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 Biological Diversity and Ecology

University of Göttingen
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Germany Göttingen Austria Innsbruck Italy Rome Padua Serbia Belgrade Hannover Braunschweig Clausthal-Zellerfeld + 10 more

The doctoral studies programme qualifies for scientific work in the areas of biodiversity and ecology in university and non-university research institutes. [+]

PhD in Biological Diversity and Ecology

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.)Standard period of study: 6 semestersStart of programme: winter or summer semesterAdmission: admission restricted (application with the faculty)Admission for international applicants: admission restricted (application with the university)Terms of admission: interviewLanguage requirements: good knowledge of English (mother tongue/internationally acknowledged certificate/equivalent knowledge)

Course description

The doctoral studies programme qualifies for scientific work in the areas of biodiversity and ecology in university and non-university research institutes. It leads to a Ph.D. or a doctorate.The subject in Göttingen: fields, main areas of researchMain areas of study and research with the 19 professorships associated with the Göttingen Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology... [-]


PhD Program in Molecular and Environmental Biology

University of Minho - School of Sciences
Campus Full time 4 years October 2018 Portugal Braga

The doctoral program in Molecular and Environmental Biology is a 4 years course at the 3rd cycle level and includes both a curricular (mainly during the first year) and a research component. [+]

Academic degree: Ph.D. (Bologna 3rd cycle degree) ECTS: 240 Duration: 4 curricular years Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Biology

The doctoral program in Molecular and Environmental Biology is a 4 years course at the 3rd cycle level and includes both a curricular (mainly during the first year) and a research component. This program is inserted in the multidisciplinary research environment in the Molecular Biology and Environmental Centre. This doctoral program allows students to be provided with:

i) advanced training in cutting-edge specialty areas

ii) a stimulating scientific environment in high-quality research projects

iii) preparation for an academic career or business, at home and abroad... [-]


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 ... [-]

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. ... [-]

Doctoral Program In Management And Waste Treatment

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time October 2018 Portugal Guimarães

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. [+]

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.... [-]