PhDs and Research Degrees

We welcome applicants for our postgraduate research opportunities. Our postgraduate researchers are at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making real advances. Postgraduate research students are supervised by our expert scientists who outline the research and provide guidance and mentoring throughout the project. You will collaborate closely with other research students, research staff and academics in the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV).


Research in ENV addresses four overarching themes:

Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Sciences

Environmental Biology

Environmental Social Sciences



We also host international centres of research excellence spanning these themes as well as state-of-the-art research facilities for exploring the environment.

Below are some of the recent contributions from ENV postgraduate researchers:

Gravity drainage in growing sea ice

Southern Ocean pteropods at risk from ocean warming and acidification

Glider observations of upwelling

A novel alkene from a marine diatom

Environmental policy evaluation in the EU

What Olympus Mons can tell us about the Martian lithosphere

Fitness consequences of different migratory strategies


Three research degrees are available: PhD, PhD by Publication, and Master's by Research. Full- and part-time options are available. Postgraduate research degrees take between one and two years to complete for a Master’s by Research or between three to four years for a full-time PhD. The minimum academic requirement for entry to a PhD and Master’s by Research is a UK upper second class undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent. Details of the PhD by Publication, including entry requirements, are on our information pages.


Studentships are advertised under the Find a PhD in Environmental Sciences tile on the top of this page, including for projects part of the  Agriforwards CDT, ARIES DTP, CHASE DTP, Norwich Research Park DTP and SeNSS DTP Centre for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Partnerships.

Alternatively you can submit a research proposal of no more than 1500 words with your application for a self-funded project.


Apply for postgraduate research here or via links in the advertisements for studentships.

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