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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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31 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 2019
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.

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.... [-]

United Arab Emirates Academic City
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
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
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
September 2019
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
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
September 2019
Campus
University of 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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2020
Full-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
Camiper Escuela de Altos Estudios

The objective of the Doctorate is to train researchers with solid knowledge in the different fields of Safety, Health and Environment, which will allow the graduate to ap ... [+]

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Academic profile of the graduate in Safety, Health and EnvironmentGenerate new knowledgeInnovate in technology and products.Develop ethics and scientific rigor.Train researchers.Improve teaching methods.Study real problems.Develop technologies and new processes.Description of the Doctorate in Safety, Health and Environment

The objective of the Doctorate is to train researchers with solid knowledge in the different fields of Safety, Health and Environment, which will allow the graduate to apply their scientific knowledge in order to achieve a practical and useful result to society, in order to be incorporated or strengthen its research and development work in the various productive and academic sectors of Safety, Health and Environment... [-]

Peru La Molina
March 2020
Spanish
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Online
Universidade da Coruña

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Spain A Coruña
September 2019
Spanish
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
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
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
South East European University

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. ... [-]
Macedonia Tetovo Skopje
September 2019
Full-time
6 semesters
Campus
University College of Southeast Norway

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.... [-]

Norway Drammen Rauland Hønefoss Porsgrunn Bø i Telemark Kongsberg Horten  + 4 More
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Hamad bin Khalifa University

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.... [-]

Qatar Doha
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
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
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined