University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Environment and Sustainability

We believe that contemporary environmental and sustainability issues need to be tackled in an interdisciplinary fashion, investigating the science, engineering and policy questions that matter by using appropriate tools and techniques from many research domains and excellent research facilities. Our extensive research community is committed to deliver action-oriented, policy-focused responses that address environmental and social issues. We work closely with businesses and policy makers with these aims in mind. Postgraduate researchers form an integral part of CES and take an active role in a range of intellectual and social activities within the Centre. Attendance at appropriate taught modules, covering both research skills and subject-based material, is encouraged, as is attendance at the Centre's monthly seminar series. Postgraduate researchers also attend and contribute to a regular internal seminar series. The University and Faculty offer a training programme for postgraduate researchers, covering research methods and transferable skills. Researchers will follow a programme of courses tailored to their individual needs. CES postgraduate researchers also form their own group, meeting regularly to discuss supplementary training and support (facilitated by the Centre).

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject (e.g. engineering, physical or social science), or equivalent overseas qualification. A Masters degree would be an advantage. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0.

Course modules

Research areas, centres and groups: Sustainable development policies and practices; sustainable systems: design and modelling; life cycle assessment; carbon and water footprinting; 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 sustainabilitycentre for environmental strategy (CES); centre for environmental and health engineering (CEHA); Robens centre for public and environmental health (RCPEH); centre for osmosis research and applications (CORA); industrial doctorate centres.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time January 2017 GBP 30,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time January 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months
PhD Full-time April 2017 GBP 20,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time April 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months
PhD Full-time July 2017 GBP 20,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time July 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 20,000 per Year 1 (International) 30 months
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 10,000 per Year 1 (International) 60 months

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