University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

We offer a wide range of opportunities for environmental modelling research. This includes applied work such as predicting the transport and fate of environmental contaminants (especially radionuclides and metals); or more fundamental biogeochemical modelling such as the cycling of carbon and nitrogen in terrestrial ecosystems. Our research group also has interests in methods for the evaluation and parameterisation of environmental models. For example, model reduction has been applied to a range of models (crop models, contaminant transfer models, ecosystem models) to test whether the level of empirical system understanding justifies model formulation. Specific (project-related) training is provided by the supervisors and other staff within the school. Students can expect to have frequent contact with their supervisors, often on a weekly or even daily basis, and there is a formal requirement for at least 10 recorded meetings per year. You will also receive dedicated careers support from our Careers and Employability Services to ensure you develop your full potential.

Entry requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants holding other qualifications may also be accepted. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Course modules

Research areas include: development of farm and sector-level programming models; impact of climate change on future sustainability and performance of arable and livestock farming systems; development of appropriate farmer adaptation strategies to environmental, market and policy change; impact of farming systems on nitrogen loss and emissions of global warming gases; trade-offs between economics, energy and emissions from the farm level production of feedstocks for second generation bioenergy production; digestible potential of straw for second generation biofuels, encompassing aspects of grower decision making; development of least-cost farming strategies to reduce pollution from agriculture; risk management in agriculture; estimating and explaining variation in technical efficiency; analysis of machinery depreciation rates; examining farm to retail price linkages; understanding consumer knowledge and attitudes towards sustainable food product; analysis of livestock prices through different market mechanisms; the role of benchmarking in rural business management; sustainable soil management and remediation; rhizosphere biophysics; hydropedological applications of X-ray micro computed tomography, geochemistry and morphological assessment of permeable reactive barrier longevity; zeolite dissolution kinetics; trace element dynamics in soil-plant systems; plant uptake of heavy metals and radionuclides from contaminated soils; use of stable metal and metalloid isotope tracers to parameterise geochemical models; development of models to support environmental decision making; methods for the development of environmental models; ecological and physiological effects of veterinary drugs in the environment; biochar in sustainable agriculture; plant environment interactions and the development of quantitative paleoclimate proxies based on plant fossils.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD with Integrated Study Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD with Integrated Study Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD with Integrated Study Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD with Integrated Study Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

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