Doctorate Degrees in Sustainability

Compare 4 PhD Programs in Sustainability

A PhD is a degree awarded to individuals who have mastered advanced knowledge in a very specialized area of study. To obtain one’s degree, one must complete a thesis based on completely original research.

What is a PhD in Sustainability? Sustainability is an industry of growing import, and this program emphasizes that by arming participants with knowledge on the quickly worsening environmental, social and economic environments. The goal of the program is to typically equip students with the knowledge they need to make a positive impact in the environment by allowing them to pursue guided research in the areas of sustainability, renewable resources, energy and engineering and technology. Students may focus much of their post-graduate education on studying the implications and drivers of sustainable policymaking on society.

Individuals who graduate with a degree in sustainability may possess many desirable skills and attributes, including the ability to analyze complex global issues, make informed decisions regarding the fate of the planet and communicate complex issues in an easy-to-understand manner. Each of these skills may serve graduates well in any industry they choose to enter.

The cost of a PhD depends on a number of factors, the two biggest of which are location and the duration of the program. Interested individuals should do their research before applying.

Because sustainability is more important than ever, graduates may find that they have many exciting career prospects before them. Individuals may find work within the government, green, energy, manufacturing and private sectors as chemical engineers, directors of sustainability, energy managers, petrologists, solar engineers, aquarists, water research engineers, soil conservation technicians and much more. Graduates may find work in reputable research centers and be involved in the creation of goods and services that use nonpolluting processes, the development of safe and sustainable practices for workers, and the conservation of natural and renewable resources.

Where a person decides to pursue his or her education depends on location and budget. Online courses are convenient for students who need to work while going to school. 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 Sustainability

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

The Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers [+]

This Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. Coursework and research take a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginal positive impacts.

Students will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous research centers, including GIS’ National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R), an internationally-recognized leader for applied research in remanufacturing, the Center for Sustainable Production (CSP) dedicated to enhancing the environmental and economic performance of products and processes, the Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) focused on the evaluation of environmental and economic impacts of alternative fuel and vehicle propulsion technologies, the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center (SMS) that develops technologies for optimal life-cycle design, management, and modernization of large equipment systems, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) focused on enhancing the development and implementation of pollution prevention techniques, and the NanoPower Research Labs (NPRL) dedicated to the creation and utilization of nano devices and materials for power generation and storage.... [-]


International Ph.D. in Management - Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Italy Pisa L'Aquila + 1 more

The International Ph.D. in Management is divided into two different curricula: "Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare" and "Change and Complexity Management". [+]

Written Exam: May 25, 2015 (EU citizens)


Assessment of the Titles: June 3, 2015 (EU and NON-EU citizens)


Interview: June 8, 2015 (EU citizens)

The International Ph.D. in Management is divided into two different curricula: "Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare" and "Change and Complexity Management".

Ph.D. students from both of them will follow the same lectures in Pisa for the first year. Students within the curriculum in "Change and Complexity Management" will follow the second year courses in L'Aquila.

The curriculum in Innovation, Sustainability and Healthcare deals with the most important management topics which characterize current research activities. Particular emphasis is given to: ... [-]


PhD Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability

Queen's University Belfast
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Belfast + 1 more

The primary focus of the Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics research cluster is fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, environmental economics, conservation, aquaculture, animal behavior, molecular taxonomy and molecular genetics, particularly involving links between these aspects. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. [+]

PhD Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability

The primary focus of the Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics research cluster is fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, environmental economics, conservation, aquaculture, animal behavior, molecular taxonomy and molecular genetics, particularly involving links between these aspects. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS Animal behavior/communication Biodiversity and ecosystem services Coastal and deep-water marine biology Ecological management Economics of water quality and sustainable catchment management Ecosystem ecology, modeling and mathematical biology Freshwater biology/fish biology Invasive species and their impact Molecular ecology, systematics, and phylogeography in algae, plants, invertebrates, fish, and mammals Sustainable aquaculture of shellfish and algae Urban land use, economics, and management Valuing biodiversity, agri-environment schemes and outdoor recreation including use of GIS and spatial econometrics Wildlife ecology, especially of birds and mammals ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ... [-]

PhD in Sustainable Energy

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

The HBKU Sustainable Energy PhD program provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable energy and the impact urbanization, transportation and manufacturing have on energy sustainability. The program also looks at the implications and drivers of sustainable policymaking on society, the economy and the environment. [+]

The HBKU Sustainable Energy PhD program provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable energy and the impact urbanization, transportation and manufacturing have on energy sustainability. The program also looks at the implications and drivers of sustainable policymaking on society, the economy and the environment. A key component of both degrees is original, guided research in energy science and technologies that support sustainable development. The multidisciplinary approach to the curricula allows for engagement in cross-disciplinary science and builds fundamental knowledge that evolves with the developments within the energy field, equipping graduates with the tools needed to pursue a wide variety of career paths.... [-]