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Pollution PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 75 Pollution PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Pollution will involve the research of the impacts and methods of controlling pollution. You might be researching about the sources of pollution and how you can help avoid the damage it causes to the environment.

What's it like to do a PhD in Pollution?

Doing a PhD in Pollution will require you to produce an original piece of research. You will be expected to identify gaps in the current understanding of pollution and provide new solutions to the existing problems. Your research will be guided by a supervisor with expertise in the field.

Some popular research topics in Pollution include:

  • Air pollution
  • Water pollution
  • Chemical pollution
  • Waste management

Some popular research methods in Pollution include:

  • Aerial and satellite imaging
  • Computer modelling
  • Biological monitoring

You might also be required to complete departmental training in order to gain the skills necessary to perform your research.

If you are based in the UK, you will also be required to complete a pre-sessional training to prepare you for your doctoral research.

PhD in Pollution entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Pollution is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject. Depending on the university, you might need a Masters with at least a merit classification to begin a PhD in Pollution.

PhD in Pollution funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Pollution are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Most projects have funding attached, meaning that you will automatically be awarded coverage of your tuition fees and a living cost stipend if you are accepted to a project. It is possible to apply for funding independently, but most students will find it easier to apply for a project that already has funding attached.

PhD in Pollution careers

Doing a PhD in Pollution will equip you with the skills to pursue a career in the environmental sector. You could find employment in roles such as toxicology, chemical analysis, waste management and more.

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The Leverhulme Programme for Doctoral Training in Ecological Data Science

Based at the University of Glasgow and funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the Leverhulme Programme for Doctoral Training in Ecological Data Science will train a new generation of data scientists. Read more
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Biocultural Restoration of Kenyan Ecosystems

Restoration of degraded ecosystems is a predominant component of the environmental agenda. However, uncertainty on how methods of ecosystem restoration can also meet social needs still remains unclear. Read more

PhD Researcher: Wool as a Novel Material in the Restoration of Severely Degraded Peatlands

Peatlands are globally-significant carbon stores, key to mitigating impacts of anthropogenic GHG emissions. Many peatlands are in poor or degraded condition, mainly as a function of past and recent land management. Read more
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Microplastic Contamination as a Threat to Human Health

Microplastic Contamination as a Threat to Human Health. University Of Lincoln, College of Health and Sciences. Prof Jeanette Rotchell. Read more

Exploring nutritional supplements to enhance coral reslience

In order to thrive and endure environmental challenges, corals, like all living organisms, necessitate exceptional nutrition. Although typically situated in nutrient-poor waters, corals possess the ability to extract nutrients from their surroundings to support their well-being. Read more

Novel insights into urban pollution of freshwater ecosystems derived from integrative ecotoxicology, genetics and hydrologic modelling

Scientific challenge: Freshwater systems are one of the most threatened habitat types on Earth. Within this context, increases in urbanisation and the effects of anthropogenic climate change have led to a decrease in water quality and availability worldwide. Read more

Regenerative low carbon concrete production through the use of mine tailings

  Research Group: Institute of Sustainable Built Environment
The carbon and energy intensive operation of binder production in construction practice is a well-recognised alarming concern as it is adversely influencing the global warming and the associated climate change patterns. Read more

NERC RED-ALERT CDT PhD project: Synthesis of chemosensor molecules for the detection of PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl substances)

This project is one of a number of projects that are in competition for funding from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Real-Time Digital Water-Based Systems for Environmental Health Protection (RED-ALERT CDT). Read more

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