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We have 34 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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Research Methods in Science and Technology

 The PhD program is designed to provide students with knowledge, competences, and skills needed to undertake research in science and technology with awareness, responsibility and method. Read more
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Winter in the city - effects of urbanization and anthropogenic feeding on a temperate zone hibernator

We are looking for a strong candidate interested in doing a PhD on how hibernators cope in urban habitats. We are currently observing a rapid decline in biodiversity across the world, with urbanization among the main drivers of species loss, but we are yet to fully understand its effects on animal survival and health. Read more

The role of the atmosphere in shaping and sustaining microbial communities on glaciers

  Research Group: Earth Surface Science
Supervisors. James Bradley, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Anne Jungblut, Natural History Museum, UK. Co-supervisors. Chris Greening, Monash University, Australia. Read more

Evaluating plant level eco-evolutionary optimality approaches in the context of land-surface modelling

The terrestrial biosphere plays a critical role in regulating water, energy and carbon exchanges between the land surface and the atmosphere, and vegetation is therefore a crucial component of the land-surface scheme in climate models. Read more

PhD opportunities in Pollution Research and Policy

Help shape new policies and regulatory priorities for pollution control and protect human health and the environment from harmful chemical pollution. Read more

Fully Funded PhD in Sustainable Development

School for Sustainable Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is offering fully funded fellowships for pursuing a full-time PhD in Sustainable Development program under various thematic areas. Read more

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