Environmental science integrates physical and biological sciences to the study of the environment and the solution of environmental problems. As such, it is an interdisciplinary academic field with an integrated and quantitative approach to the study of environmental systems. Biology, ecology and environmental engineering are among the specific areas environmental science encompasses. Graduates apply knowledge from other scientific and social disciplines such as physics, chemistry and social sciences. Environmental scientists use a systems approach to the analysis of environmental problems. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management and the effects of global climate change.
Environmental studies and environmental engineering are the two related areas of study in the field. Environmental studies incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment. Environmental engineering, on the other hand, focuses on design and technology to improve environmental quality. Environmental scientists are expected to have advanced capability to relate space and time relationships as well as quantitative analysis.
University of Minho (Portugal), together with the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) and several other universities and other non-commercial organisations, is launching a high quality International Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Built Environment - iDiSBE.
The main objective of the Doctoral programme is to provide graduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and tools to take an interdisciplinary and integrated approach towards the management of water, soil and waste.
The International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular, and Molecular Microbiology in Marburg (IMPRS-Mic) in Germany offers fellowships for a three-year structured PhD program. The IMPRS-MIC is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology and the Philipps-Universität Marburg. The school aims to provide excellent students with outstanding and interdisciplinary scientific training in modern microbiology.
The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology is a multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Huddersfield. To support the continuing research priorities of the Centre and a number of its industry partners, up to 12 funded PhD studentships are available to work on three-year research projects related to mathematics for metrology, machine tool metrology, optical instrument development, and novel measurement applications in precision engineering and bio-engineering.
The department of Earth & Environmental Sciences offers PhD degrees in Bioscience Engineering, in Science: Geology, in Science: Geography and in Science: Tourism.
The GSLS provides for a world class environment of research institutions, which have a long standing and successful tradition of co-operation across departments. Biology, Medicine, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Physics as well as Philosophy work together to achieve truly interdisciplinary research training. It is this interdisciplinary spirit that has propelled Würzburg to among the top four German universities in the Life Sciences (DFG funding ranking).
The IDCORE is a partnership of the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter, and Strathclyde, Scottish Association for Marine Science, and HR Wallingford.
The Life Science Zurich Graduate School consists of thirteen highly competitive Ph.D. programs, run jointly by the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. We aim to attract to Zurich the most promising young scientists from across the world. Our programs offer a comprehensive and challenging Ph.D. education that allows our students to develop into tomorrow's leaders in life science research.
The doctoral program offers opportunities for advanced research in environment and security, energy and climate change, environmental policy and politics, environmental assessment, and sustainable development, and a range of other areas.
Our PhD program aims to train you in rigorous research methods that will allow you to become part of an international community of scholars and industry leaders.
Project title: Biological Enhancement of Estuarine Sediment Stability through Microbial Activity
Educational programmes: Spatial Changes and Forms of Human-Economic Processes; Geology; Geomorphology; Geoecology.