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Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 296 Environmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

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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Funded PhD - Innovating tools to protect and restore coral reefs in the Red Sea

Project Background. The oceans are naturally full of sound, with a vast array of intentional (e.g., communication) and incidental (e.g., feeding) sounds produced by marine mammals, fish and invertebrates. Read more

Twin transitions: how can veterans in the North East of England engage with the net zero economy?

Most service leavers need to work upon leaving the military (Walker, 2013), and the vast majority do so successfully and contribute positively to the civilian workforce (Deloitte, 2016; Iversen and Greenberg, 2009). Read more

Synthetic microbial communities for anaerobic digestion of waste to biogas

Project Outline Lignocellulosic plant biomass is the most abundant waste product generated by society, agriculture and industry. By 2025, global cities will generate approximately 2.2 billion tonnes of solid waste biomass per year, with significant impacts upon health and the economy at both local and global scales. Read more

Continuous monitoring and mitigation of methane emissions at energy facilities PhD

Methane is a major greenhouse gas and so contributes to climate change. Cranfield and SLB are offering an iCASE PhD studentship, developing modelling methods to couple with observations of methane from energy facilities. Read more

Using UK cemeteries to record and monitor non-native arthropods

  Research Group: Institute of Ecology & Evolution
Cemeteries, churchyards and burial grounds make up 4% of UK’s greenspaces and are thought to play an important role as havens for wildlife given that they are less disturbed than the surrounding habitat. Read more
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PhD studentship-Translational Food Safety: Synthesising Foodborne Pathogen Evidence to Horizon-Scan Risks across the Food-System and Impacts of Foodborne Disease in People

Award Summary. 100% of home fees, minimum tax-free living allowance of £18,622 (2023/24 UKRI rate). Overview. Interested in food safety and applying academic research rigour to real-world problems? Would you like to use quantitative skills to solve food-system problems?. Read more

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