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We have 92 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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Microalgal Biorefineries

A major contemporary challenge in industrial manufacturing is the development of sustainable production processes. This includes reduced resource consumption and CO2 generation, and energy efficient operations with maximised product outputs. Read more

Algal Bioplastics

Single use plastic is a major environmental concern that is urgently in need of innovative solutions. Microalgae are photosynthetic organisms that can be employed to develop processes that are environmentally sustainable. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS

Are you the next future technology leader, aspiring to change the world through robotics?. Applications are invited for fully-funded four-year PhD studentships in the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Agri-Food Robotics. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS

Are you the next future technology leader, aspiring to change the world through robotics?. Applications are invited for fully-funded four-year PhD studentships in the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Agri-Food Robotics. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS

Are you the next future technology leader, aspiring to change the world through robotics?. Applications are invited for fully-funded four-year PhD studentships in the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Agri-Food Robotics. Read more

Techno‐Economic Impact of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

  Research Group: Mechanical and Process Engineering
The reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases is agreed in November 2016 in the Paris international agreement (IEA Dec. 2016). The agreement is expected to create a transformative change in the energy sector to combat climate change. Read more

Fully funded PhD Scholarships in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Scholarship opportunities with immediate or early 2022 start for applicants with exceptional tertiary qualifications. PhD research scholarship opportunities exist in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University for, high-quality, dedicated, well-motivated and enthusiastic students. Read more

Investigating amphibian tolerance to the skin fungal disease chytridiomycosis

*** ABOUT THE PROJECT ***. The Frog Research Team in eastern Australia (. https://www.frogresearch.com/). has a PhD opportunity available for a highly motivated applicant to study frog chytrid fungal disease (3 year PhD). Read more

Inga agroforestry to enhance soil regeneration and carbon sequestration in degraded tropical soils.

Extensive tracts of land in the tropics have already been cleared of forest, used first to grow crops and then as pasture. The removal of the tropical forest severely diminishes the capacity of the ecosystem to retain nutrients and carbon in the soil. Read more

Fully funded PhD studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen

Do you want your PhD study to be part of a meaningful contribution towards a net-zero energy system?. Are you curious to discover how an energy research environment can be enriched through different perspectives from fellow researchers?. Read more

Fully funded PhD studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen

Do you want your PhD study to be part of a meaningful contribution towards a net-zero energy system?. Are you curious to discover how an energy research environment can be enriched through different perspectives from fellow researchers?. Read more

Fully funded PhD studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen

Do you want your PhD study to be part of a meaningful contribution towards a net-zero energy system?. Are you curious to discover how an energy research environment can be enriched through different perspectives from fellow researchers?. Read more

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