PhD in Sustainability in United Kingdom

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The PhD can vary depending on the institution and country in which it is awarded. Most scholars pursue a PhD because of strong motivation to contribute to the academic community as well as true curiosity about their chosen field of study. 


A PhD in sustainability does not just focus on sustainability practices, but it teaches students to explore their own areas of interest. It is often a student and teacher based course with a focus that is decided upon by both. It often involves research and in-depth understanding of a specific area of sustainability.

UK, United Kingdom is more than 300 years old and comprises four constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The UK has been a centre of learning for the past 1,000 years and possesses many ancient and distinguished universities. Foreign students make up a significant proportion of the student body at UK universities.

Top Doctoral Programs in Sustainability in United Kingdom 2017

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PhD Environment and Society

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years February 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by an oral examination and final thesis. [+]

Best Doctorate Degrees in Sustainability in United Kingdom 2017. PhD Environment and Society A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research and is assessed by an oral examination and final thesis. This research theme focuses on the expertise developed within the School of Geography's Environment and Society research theme. Research by members of this theme focuses on topics at the environment-society interface in various geographical contexts and scales. Work in this research theme has been focused on four key areas: Sustainable Rural and Urban Land Management Farming, Food and Forestry The Sustainable Use and Management of Water Health and Environment Theme members act as advisors to UK Government agencies, international agencies and development organisations and play leading roles in professional bodies (eg. SiLC and Geological Society) and learned societies (eg. RGS IBG). Postgraduate students are strongly integrated into our research, contributing across all areas of activity and reflecting the international scope of our work. You will be allocated at least two supervisors - at least one of whom is identified prior to admission. We make every effort to match applicants to staff on the basis of their research interests, and regular reviews are held to ensure smooth progress of your research work. Facilities School facilities You will be provided with your own desk space and laptop, and have access to the wider University computing and library facilities. Photocopying and telephone facilities are also provided. The school also has a number of specialised facilities. Library facilities The Hallward Library stocks all of the major geography publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study. The Graduate School The Graduate School is a unique facility that focuses on postgraduate education and represent the needs of postgraduate students within the University. It provides a world class research training and development environment for postgraduates and early career researchers. The Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre is a space exclusively for postgraduate students and research staff in the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. It offers networked computer stations and Wi-Fi access for laptops, a study area, a social area with comfortable seating, a quiet study zone, and kitchen facilities. Doctoral Training Centre The Nottingham Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC) is one of just 21 centres to receive accreditation by the Economic and Social Research Council and supports students to undertake cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. The Centre offers advanced training opportunities to postgraduate social science researchers. Research support Research seminars Postgraduates are integrated into the research community of the school through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. A vibrant seminar series encourages postgraduates to share current research findings and develop new agendas with support from academic colleagues. Funding support Students are provided with a minimum annual support grant of £500 and encouraged to apply for further school and University funding, for example, for conference attendance. Teaching opportunities Second and third year research students are encouraged to act as academic tutors, generally to first year undergraduates. This provides valuable training for a future career in academic life, as well as an excellent opportunity to develop a range of presentation and organisational skills. Students who undertake tutoring receive training in communication and teaching skills. There are also opportunities to gain teaching experience by demonstrating on a number of undergraduate modules. Student Services Student Services provide a range of support, information and specialist services to enhance your student experience and form part of a comprehensive network of services at the University designed to support you throughout your studies, including academic and disability support, counselling, financial support, and childcare services. International Office Our International Office is dedicated to the needs of our international and EU students. The International Office will ensure you have all the information you need to live and study at Nottingham and offers a Welcome Programme just before the start of the academic year. Centre for English Language Education The University's Centre for English Language Education (CELE) provides high-quality preparation and English language support before and during your studies, as well as providing a social programme for its students. Students' Union The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre. Researcher Development Programme Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty specific and doctoral training programmes. They also deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their Researcher Development Programme. This means that as well as helping you to develop your research skills, you will have opportunities spanning communication skills, careers, time management, and entrepreneurship - and the chance to meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines. Careers Average starting salary and career progression In 2015, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* Our postgraduate students are sought after by a diverse range of employers. Recent postgraduates have gone on to work in scientific consultancy, environmental management, retail, the charity sector, transport and logistics, and local government. * Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Career prospects and employability Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. Services available include: presentations and drop-in sessions with employers one-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers careers events held each academic year a specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates Once you are a student with us, and even after you graduate, you will have access to our service for life. Flexible paid placements Postgraduate Placements Nottingham offers flexible paid placements with a range of employers from small local businesses to multinational organisations. These placements are open to all postgraduates and are designed to fit in with your studies and give you the opportunity to learn transferable skills, improve your CV and enhance your employment prospects during your postgraduate studies. [-]