Doctorate Degrees in Sustainable Development

Compare 3 PhD Programs in Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development refers to the study of economic development being maintained without exploiting resources, such as unacceptable amounts of natural resources, excessive pollution, people, and communities. Coming to the program with a master’s degree and preferably related experience, PhD Sustainable Development candidates will work to question, develop, analyze and enhance the global understanding of sustainable development.


PhD Sustainable Development candidates may choose to work on research projects in one or many disciplines, relating to the economic, sociological or environmental aspects of sustainability. Candidates pursuing a PhD Sustainable Development degree should be prepared to invest at least three years in a research project aimed at a final dissertation and publication. Work on other research projects, teaching and assisting undergraduate students, or authoring papers are also possible responsibilities for a PhD Sustainable Development candidate.


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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 ... [-]

Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Built Environment

University of Minho - School of Engineering
Campus Full time 6 semesters October 2018 Portugal Guimarães

The main objective of the Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics, and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration.Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment [+]

Doctoral Program in Sustainable Built Environment

The built environment has evolved to frame and facilitate nearly all human activities. Simultaneously, its constant expansion has become more and more harmful to the natural environment.

The construction sector accounts for an estimated 40% of earth resources consumption and, therefore, has a crucial role to play in achieving sustainability. Urban development has special importance within the broader context of sustainability as well, while current trends predict that the number of urban dwellers will keep rising, reaching almost 5 billion by 2030 out of a world total of 8.1 billion.

The main objective of the doctoral programme is to create an integrated approach to this subject, covering phases of design, construction materials and technologies, service life evaluation and durability, rehabilitation, building comfort and use of energy, construction economics, and management, sustainable urban development and regeneration.... [-]


PhD in Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis

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

Modern developments in sustainable catalytic chemistry form the focus of the "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis" doctoral programme at the University Göttingen and the Technical University Braunschweig. [+]

PhD in Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis (Ph.D./Dr. rer. nat.)Modern developments in sustainable catalytic chemistry form the focus of the "Catalysis for Sustainable Synthesis" doctoral programme at Göttingen. This degree programme in the English language is directly connected with one of the research foci of the Faculty of Chemistry. This doctoral programme is characterised by excellent research possibilities, renowned supervisors, international partners and a thematically co-ordinated programme of studies. The Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture supports the study programme by awarding a number of scholarships.

Degree: Dr. rer.nat./Ph.D.Standard period or study: 3 years (6 semester)Starting semester: Winter or summer semesterApplication deadline:January 31st (summer semester) Juli 31st (winter semester)Admission: Limited admission (application to the Faculty)Admission requirements: Diploma or Master degreeLanguage requirements: English (verification required)... [-]