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Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 82 Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Studying a PhD in Environmental Biology, you’ll have the time and resources to conduct a research project into the impact humans are having on the ecosystem, how the environment is affecting species within it, or developing methods to mitigate loss of Biodiversity. This work can involve field and laboratory work, be entirely based on Bioinformatics, or a metanalysis.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Environmental Biology?

Doing a PhD in Environmental Biology, you’ll become proficient in a range of skills and techniques in either laboratory and field work or Bioinformatics. Those using Bioinformatics will learn to programme in software such as R and Python, and gain experience using techniques from data science and statistics.

Some typical research topics in Environmental Biology include:

  • Mathematically modelling how food chains may be affected by environmental stressors – human or otherwise
  • Studying environmental factors in disease susceptibility and recovery
  • Developing methods to promote or improve ocean sustainability
  • Devising methods of reducing adverse effects of environmental changes on a population (cross over with Biodiversity and Ecology)
  • Identifying novel environmental contaminants

In a general workday, you may be taking samples from your ecosystem of study, performing experiments in the laboratory, or writing programmes to model a population. You’ll spend time planning future work, writing up your work to date, and chatting to your supervisor and colleagues about your plans and results. Your PhD will end in a thesis of approximately 60,000 words, which you’ll defend during your viva exam.

Environmental Biology programmes are generally advertised with full funding attached, meaning the project is pre-proposed by the supervisor. Some projects request you find your own funding, which can be difficult due to the additional bench fees. Proposing your own research project is uncommon in Environmental Biology, mostly due to the funding challenges.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Environmental Biology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, at Merit or Distinction level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Environmental Biology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Environmental Biology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Environmental Biology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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EASTBIO: Optimisation of genomic informed breeding strategies in small ruminants

Due to an increasing global human population, there is pressure to produce more high-quality protein, including dairy products. In environments where cattle struggle to sustainably produce milk, locally adapted small ruminants could offer a better alternative. Read more

EASTBIO: Evaluation of the Environmental and Genetic Risks for Healthy Aging Through the Course of a Dogslife

The Dogslife Project (www.dogslife.ac.uk) is the first large-scale population-based epidemiological study documenting the incidence and prevalence of diseases in dogs over their life course, and the environmental influences that affect them (1). Read more

EASTBIO: Genetic and environmental causes of differences in immunity among men and women

Sex affects disease prevalence, presentation, outcomes, and response to treatment. Despite the obvious relevance of sex, the study of sex differences in areas of health and immune responses has traditionally been ignored. Read more

FULLY FUNDED PhD - Design of Next Generation Controlled Environment Systems for Optimised Plant Growth

'TO APPLY, PLEASE CLICK INSTITUTION WEBSITE'. Background. Over a century of research has generated a detailed understanding of how plants perceive and adapt to changes in environmental conditions, with vegetative growth, flowering time, and grain yield each dependent upon light, humidity and temperature conditions. Read more

White Rose BBSRC DTP: Bee fertility in a warming world – how climate change affects reproduction

With increasing regularity of summer heatwaves, we are starting to see the devastating impacts of climate change. However, most biological predictions of how climate change will impact species are based on the temperatures which are lethal for a species. Read more

Disease ecology and evolution of HPAI in wild and domestic birds

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses of the H5 subtype represent a major threat to poultry production and food security, wildlife conservation and public health. Read more

Plant adaptation to low oxygen conditions

In plants, cells are exposed to varying oxygen (O. 2. ) concentrations due to changes in environmental availability, metabolic activity, and organ anatomy (Weits et al., 20201; Loreti and Perata, 20202). Read more

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