Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.


Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
MPhil option
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Research profile
Environmental factors influence our health and wellbeing, as well as affect ecosystems and wildlife. An intimate understanding of such factors – chemical substances, for example, or changes in radiation or temperature – is urgently needed to better understand disease trends in humans and adverse effects on wildlife. Our research in the area of environment and health provides the foundations necessary to pinpoint preventable causes of ill-health and adversity and to underpin development of evidence-based primary prevention policies. A second important focus for our research is to understand the impacts of human civilisation on Earth's natural systems and the ecosystem services that support us. We are developing technologies and approaches to prevent and remedy pollution as well as to renew and restore degraded ecosystems.
The Environment and Health theme is one of the largest in the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS); there are now more than 50 theme members whose research focuses on five areas:
  • Biological Pathways and Systems
  • Environmental Health and Ecosystems
  • Environmental Change
  • Environmental Solutions
  • Environmental Policy and Communication
While we welcome all multidisciplinary topics in the area of Environment and Health here is a list of potential research areas we would like to supervise. For details of these and other potential topics please visit our Doctoral Opportunities webpage.
  • Development of a novel assay for testing androgens and anti-androgens in fish.
  • Degradation and Transformation of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
  • Development of a novel model to quantify nitrous oxide emissions in the biological nutrient removal process of wastewater treatment plants
  • Human Toxicology and Epigenetics
  • Development of an evidence- based risk management system for Legionella control in domestic water systems.
  • Identification of microplastics in freshwater environments.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,121, Part time: £2,060
International students
Full time: £17,200, £8,600

Find out more about Phd funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

College of Health and Life Sciences
+44 (0) 1895 268161