University of Surrey

University of Surrey


Our research seeks to support the design, delivery and management of efficient and sustainable infrastructure � from developing new materials, to optimising management of large-scale complex networks and monitoring air and water quality. We believe contemporary environmental and sustainability issues need to be tackled in an interdisciplinary fashion, so we investigate the questions that matter by drawing on appropriate tools and techniques from a multiplicity of research domains. The ASPIRE Advanced Sustainability Partnerships for Innovation, Research and Enterprise (ASPIRE) network is committed to defining, developing and applying the latest thinking on sustainability, resource efficiency and industrial ecology.

Entry requirements

All applicants should: Hold a 2.1 in a relevant undergraduate degree; fulfil the minimum English language requirements. Due to the challenging nature of the research projects and the fact that DPs will work at the partner organisation�s premises, it is likely that candidates with some work experience (e.g. at least a year of professional training that is assessed and integrated into the degree programme) will have an advantage in the selection process. Students whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in each individual component (or equivalent qualification).

Course modules

Research areas include: Sustainable development policies and practices; sustainable systems: Design and modelling; life cycle assessment; carbon and water foot printing; low carbon energy supply; energy demand and efficiency; social research on sustainability; lifestyles and resource consumption; policy and strategy: for governments and businesses; international development and sustainability; environmental psychology; sustainable tourism; labour, workplace and the environment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 48 months

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