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Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 300 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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Climate Change Mitigation in the Isle of Wight Marine Biosphere, Solent

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health and will be supervised by Dr Ian Hendy. . Read more

Climate impacts on Arctic plant-pollinator networks: a population trait-based framework

Lead supervisor. Dr Richard Gill ( Collaborators. Dr Keith Larson (Director of the Arctic Centre, Umeå University, Sweden), Jonas Lembrechts (Antwerp University, Belgium). Read more

Using Artificial Intelligence to improve Environmental Health Regulation and Enforcement

  Research Group: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Environmental health plays a role in all of society and encompasses the core disciplines of public health, food safety and integrity, health and safety at work, environmental protection and housing and communities. Read more
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Do trees have memories? Understanding legacy effects of water stress on tree seedlings using manipulative experiments

Determining how tree seedlings respond to drought and heat stress is critical to predicting forest structure and function into the future, as non-random survival during these early life stages affects the species composition of forests for decades to come [1]. Read more

The University of Bath Institute for Sustainability is now accepting Expressions of Interest from PhD researchers for 2024

Bringing together leading academic research groups and state-of-the-art facilities, the Institute for Sustainability carries out research that crosses traditional boundaries between science and engineering. Read more

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