What’s it like to do a PhD in Ecotoxicology?
Doing a PhD in Ecotoxicology, you’ll become proficient at skills in the laboratory, particularly with the techniques used in Ecology and Toxicology. You’re also likely to gain valuable experience working in the field taking samples from the air, water, or soil for later analysis.
Ecotoxicology PhD programmes are mostly advertised projects, with the project aims pre-determined by the supervisor, with full funding attached. However, some advertised projects are only available to self-funded students, which can be difficult since you’ll need to cover both PhD fees and bench fees. This also makes proposing your own project in Ecotoxicology rare.
Regardless of funding, your project will end in a thesis of approximately 60,000 words and a viva exam, which allows you to defend your work.
Day-to-day you’ll be conducting field work and taking samples from your ecosystem of interest or in the laboratory analysing samples previously collected. You’ll write up your methods and results from each set of experiments, perform statistical analysis on any data you collect and will chat with your colleagues and supervisor about your work.